Are you a Business analyst and are considering CBAP certification? Is CBAP worth it? What is the value of CBAP certification for your career? In this article, I am going to answer this question.
IIBA awards certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification. . Business Analysis practice and profession is relatively young as compared to Project management.
As a Business Analyst professional, how does a CBAP certification help you? What do certified professionals say? Let’s examine some of these aspects.
Note: I have used some data from IIBA Salary Survey 2019, which is based on surveying 5,616 Business analyst professionals from 129 countries.
What does the Survey say?
The survey indicates that the recognition and demand for certified professionals are growing. Even the Enterprises are mandating the acquisition of certifications. Some crucial data from the survey:
- Business Analysts who hold one or more IIBA Certifications earn 14% than non-certified BAs
- Specifically, Business Analysts who hold CBAP Certifications earn 19% than non-certified BAs
- Top industries that employ BAs are IT, Finance/Insurance, Government and Public Sector, Services, and Healthcare/Social Services. It indicates demand in multiple sectors and not only from IT.
Till Jan 2020, the total number of CBAP certified professionals is 10,000+, and that’s a healthy growth from the previous year.
What do certified professionals say about the value of CBAP certification?
The survey also asked the respondents as to how the certification has helped them? What do they feel about the value of the certification?
The snapshot from the salary survey is self-explanatory.
What is the value of CBAP Certification?
You have seen the data from the IIBA Salary survey. Now, let me provide 3 key benefits of this certification to summarise:
CBAP Certification provides credibility to your BA profile
CBAP Certification has gained high credibility amongst the employers and the business analyst community. The thoroughness and depth of knowledge required to clear this exam have added to its respect.
By obtaining this certification, you added credibility to your profile.
Earn higher salary than non-certified professionals
Data from Payscale, as well as IIBA salary survey, clearly indicates that the CBAP certified professionals earn higher than non-certified professionals. The credibility of CBAP certification and IIBA are the primary reasons for this.
Gain more confidence and be ready for better professional career
I interact with many Business Analysts regularly. General Business Analysts with 6-10 years of experience seem to feel uncertain about their future.
That’s because most of the employers prefer domain or functional Business Analyst as Senior BAs. The demand for General BAs reduces, making it more competitive.
A CBAP certification (or even a CCBA) helps you in getting preference and providing you better opportunities. It is a definite confidence booster and makes you better prepared for the future.
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