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									The Certified Business Analysis Professional™

                                 March 2008

   Vision and Mission of the IIBA
   IIBA Goals
   The Business Analysis Professional
   The BA Body of Knowledge
   Certification Requirements and ISO 17024
   Certification Benefits
   Certification Process
   CBAPTM Exam Details
   Certification Fees
   Recertification and Foundation Certification
   How to find more information
   Questions?

International Institute of Business Analysis

                   The world's leading association for
   Vision          Business Analysis professionals

                   Develop and maintain standards for the
  Mission          practice of business analysis and for the
                   certification of its practitioners

    The IIBATM is an international not-for-profit professional
       association for business analysis professionals.

IIBA™ Goals
               Create and develop
                awareness and recognition of
                the value and contribution of
                the role of the Business
                Analysis Professional
               Define and maintain the
                Business Analysis Body of
               Publicly recognize qualified
                practitioners through an
                internationally acknowledged
                certification program
               Provide a forum for
                knowledge sharing

The Business Analysis Professional

The Definition
 Works as a liaison among stakeholders to elicit, analyze,
  communicate and validate requirements for changes to business
  processes, policies, and information and information systems
 Understands business problems and opportunities in the context
  of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the
  organization to achieve its goals

Business Analysis Body of KnowledgeTM

The set of tasks, knowledge, & techniques   Six Knowledge Areas
required to identify business needs &
                                            • Enterprise Analysis
determine solutions to business problems.
Solutions often include a systems           • Requirements Planning &
development component, but may also           Management
consist of process improvement or           • Requirements Elicitation
organizational change.                      • Requirements Analysis
     Underlying Fundamentals                • Requirements
     • Communications
     • Leadership                           • Solutions Assessment &
     • Problem Solving                        Validation
     • Business Knowledge
     • IT Knowledge

Business Analysis Body of KnowledgeTM

Knowledge Areas
                                 Requirements Planning & Management
   Analysis       Requirements    Requirements      Requirements
                   Elicitation      Analysis       Communications
                                                                       & Validation

  Identifies currently accepted practices
                                                             It is NOT a
  Recognizes business analysis is more than                  methodology nor does
   requirements                                               it prescribe or favor a
  Defined and enhanced by the professionals                  methodology
   who apply it                                              It is NOT a “how to”
                                                              business analysis
  Aligns with CMMI - Requirements
                                                              instruction manual
   Development and Requirements Management

The CBAPTM Certification

 Qualified practitioners will receive the designation -
  Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™)
 This certification is designed for individuals with an
  advanced level of knowledge and experience
 The IIBATM will consider offering additional certification
  programs in the future based on demand

  Education Provider specific certifications will not be recognized as a
                       substitute to the CBAP™

ISO 17024 Requirements

 Certification Body
    Fair and Equitable Policy and Procedures
    Defined Certification Policies and Procedures
    Clearly Defined Scope of Certification

 Organizational Structure
    Independent, Impartial and Ethical Certification Body
    Impartial and Inclusive
    Training Does Not Comprise Certification Process

ISO 17024 Requirements - Continued

 Development and Maintenance
      Method and Mechanisms to Evaluate Competence
      Certification Scheme
      Evaluation Process
      Certification Examination Evaluation
 Recertification
    Defined Requirements
    How Requirements Relate to Identified Competence
 Surveillance
    Proactive Monitoring of Certificate holders

 Benefits of Certification
 Organization Benefits
    Employee development and recognition

    CBAPsTM have signed a Code of Conduct

    Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalsTM are
     acknowledged as competent individuals

    CBAPsTM perform a role increasingly recognized as a vital
     component of any successful project

 Benefits of Certification
 Organization Benefits (cont.)
    CBAPsTM are identified as individuals with an advanced
     level of knowledge and qualifications

    CBAPsTM follow established standards

    CBAPsTM produce reliable, quality results with increased
     efficiency and consistency

    Reduced risk

 Benefits of Certification
 Benefits for the Individual
    Demonstrate dedication to the Business Analysis

    Ability to enhance the profession and have a voice among
     other professions

    Expedited professional advancement

    Demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary to be an
     effective Business Analyst

 Benefits of Certification
 Benefits for the Individual (cont.)
    Show a professional level of competence in the principles
     and practices of business analysis

    Participation in a recognized professional group

    Advance career potential by a separate and distinct
     career path within the information technology industry and
     business community

    Networking opportunities

Certification Entrance Criteria

                  Five years (7,500 hours) of business analysis
                   work in the last 10 years experience
                  Demonstrated experience and knowledge in
                   4 out of 6 BABOK™ Knowledge Areas
                  21 hours of BA professional development in
                   the last 4 years
                  Minimum high school diploma or equivalent
                  Two professional references
                  Signed Code of Conduct

Work Experience

 Acceptable activities include:
    Hands-on business analysis activities (as per BABOK™)
    Coaching or mentoring of business analysts with respect
     to business analysis activities
    Development of business analysis methodology and/or
     best practices
    Development of business analysis training

Work Experience

 Activities that will not apply include:
    Supervisory management of business analysis
     activities (e.g. resource management, status reporting,
     performance management)
    Teaching business analysis training courses
    Selling requirements tools/software
    Project management
    Testing
    Programming

Professional Development

 Must be personal professional development, not time
  developing others (e.g., taking a course qualifies,
  teaching a course does not)
 For initial CBAP™ certification, development must be a
  course or seminar
 Course content must be based on the BABOK™
  Knowledge Areas or Underlying Fundamentals
    Testing courses, project management courses or
     programming courses will not qualify


 Must be provided by a:
   Career Manager
   Internal or external Client
   Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™)

  The Certification Process
 The candidate submits an application for certification. The
  application must include:
      Application form and application fee
      References
      Code of Conduct form
      Examination fee (due at least 60 days prior to the exam date)
 IIBATM reviews these materials to determine if the candidate
  meets all CBAP™ requirements
 If approved, the candidate registers to take the exam
 The candidate takes the exam
 The candidate is notified by the IIBATM of the result

The application (1 of 5)

   Download the CBAP application form from the IIBA
    website (
   Section 1 records your personal information
      Name, address, contacts, etc
   Section 2 records your organization information
      Current employer, industry type, etc
   Section 3 records your work experience
      The unit of work is a project
          You need to describe enough projects to achieve 7500 hours
          You may need to aggregate multiple small projects into larger
           ones for efficiency
          You will need to describe your BA tasks and deliverables
The application (2 of 5)

   Section 4 records your knowledge areas
      Requires you to tick boxes only
      e.g.
               How often do you identify and consult stakeholders?
               [ ] Never   [ ] Seldom    [ ] Sometimes    [ ] Frequently

      Covers all 6 BABOK knowledge areas You need only complete 4
            Enterprise analysis
            Requirements planning and management
            Requirements elicitation
            Requirements analysis and documentation
            Requirements communication
            Requirements solution assessment and validation
The application (3 of 5)

   Section 5 records your education
      The minimum level is High School or equivalent
   Section 6 records your professional development
      The unit is a training course
      The course must be about developing BA skills and knowledge
      You need 21 hours e.g. a 3 day course, 3 x 1 day courses, etc
The application (4 of 5)

   Section 7 records your exam registration
   Section 8 requires your signature
The application (5 of 5)

   In addition to the application form, you require:
      Two completed and sealed CBAP Application
       Reference Forms
         Your references are obtained from career managers, business
          partners, clients or CBAPS
         The CBAP Code of Conduct agreement signed by you
         If required, the CBAP Exam Special Accommodation form e.g.
          if you have a disability
   You courier this package to the IIBA in Canada
Preparing for the exam
   Review the content of the IIBA Business Analysis Body of
    Knowledge™ version 1.6
   Identify your gaps in knowledge or areas of weakness and then
    reference publications listed in the Business Analysis Body of
    Knowledge™ version 1.6 for those areas.
   Advice from a colleague who has taken the exam:
     LEARN the BABOK™ - even if you use different terminology or
      disagree with some of the content this is what you are examined on!
   Exam will continue to be based on version 1.6 even after release
    of version 2.0

Writing the Exam

   External examiner
   Be on time (early is better)
   Bring proof of identity and letter from IIBA
   Strict exam conditions

 Tough, but fair

Exam details

   Consists of 150 multiple choice questions
   Each multiple choice question has 4 possible answers
   Exam duration is 3.5 hours
   Currently paper exams only in a proctored setting
   Scoring may take 30 days
   Notifications will include information on performance
    by Knowledge Area for any unsuccessful candidates
Note: It is expected that computer based exams will be
  available in late 2008

Current CBAP Exam Blueprint

Knowledge Area                            Percent of Questions
Enterprise Analysis                              22.0%

Requirements Planning and Management             22.7%

Requirement Elicitation                          18.7%

Requirements Analysis and Documentation          20.7%

Requirements Communication                       10.7%

Solution Assessment and Validation               5.2%

Certification Fees
Initial fees
 $125 USD application fee that is non-refundable
 $325 USD exam fee for IIBA members
 $450 USD exam fee for non-members

Rewrite fees
 $250 USD for IIBA members
 $375 USD for non-members
Candidate must wait 3 months before rewriting the exam


 Re-certification will be required every 3 years
 Information about the re-certification program will be
  available by late 2007
 CBAP™s will require Continuing Development Units
  (CDUs) to re-certify

Re-certification CDU’s

 If you receive your CBAPTM prior to the re-certification
  details being released, you should track all business
  analysis activities:
      Activity description
      Number of hours
      Date of activity
      Course name & provider (if appropriate)
      Contact name to verify activity
 CDUs will be retroactive to date of certification

Planned New Foundation Certification

   Being defined in 2008
   Intended for 0-5 year experience
   Examination based – no need to prove experience
   More details to come in 2008
Where to find more information

 Available on
      CBAP™ Handbook
      CBAP™ FAQs
      CBAP™ Application process and forms
      Business Analysis Body of Knowledge™
 Email:
 South African Chapter:

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