Certified Business Analysis Professional® Training

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21 CDUs Certificate – A prerequisite to apply for either the CBAP or CCBA Exam.

24 PMI® PDUs

24 PMI® PDUs for maintaining your Credential.

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Simulated Mock Take Home Exam with in-depth answers and explanations, combined with an online study Exam providing a focused and continual learning experience.
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The Certified Business Analysis Professional TM (CBAP)® designation is a Professional Certification for individuals with extensive Business Analysis experience. With a minimum of 7500 hours of hands-on Business Analysis (BA) experience, CBAP® recipients are the elite, senior members of the BA community.

Our CBAP Certification Training Program prepares Candidates for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)® Exam and assists Professionals who have limited amounts of time to study. The course is designed, created, and taught by experienced CBAPs who help Participants focus on critical areas of study and provide valuable insights in preparation for the Exam.

Our workshop provides an in-depth, structured approach to understanding the framework of knowledge outlined by the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)® version 2.0. Through a practitioner’s approach to BA, role based case studies are used along with multiple choice questions and answers. Additionally, Participants learn test-taking tips and tricks, along with other practice exercises to reinforce the CBAP Exam material.

  •  21 CDUs Certificate – A prerequisite to apply for either the CBAP or CCBA Exam.
  •  24 PMI® PDUs for maintaining your Credential.
  •  Comprehensive Study Guide loaded with key terms, tips, and techniques to help you prepare for the CBAP® Exam.
  •  Simulated Mock Take Home Exam with in-depth answers and explanations, combined with an online study Exam providing a focused and continual learning experience.
  •  BABOK® Study Tables, an overview of the BABOK in a comprehensive, detailed, and highly visual package.
  •  In-class Simulated Mock Exams with realistic practice questions and answer explanations.

On successful completion of course, participant will be able to:

  • We help you to identify critical principles, activities, tasks, techniques, and tips described in the BABOK® version 2.0.
  • We teach you how to anticipate the 4 general types of questions that appear on the Exam and the techniques to answering them.
  • We will cite the core knowledge areas, their activities, tasks, deliverables and their relationships.
  • We will assess your ability to successfully complete the Exam through practice exams in each knowledge area.
  • We will dissect and understand tricky sample questions through guided discussion after every practice exam.
  • We will help you develop a personal test preparation strategy, employing various test-taking tactics.
  • Participants earn 21 Contact Hours – a prerequisite to applying for the CBAP Certification Exam.
  • Existing Certified PMPs can earn 24 PDUs towards maintaining PMP Certification.
  • Individuals planning/preparing to take the CBAP® Exam.
  • Individuals looking for in-depth knowledge of the BABOK® to enhance their Business Analysis skills.
  • Individuals who are prepared to understand a formal approach to Business Analysis.
  • Please refer to www.theiiba.org for more details.

To earn CBAP® Certification, Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). Experience should be from the last 10 years.
  • Minimum 900 hours experience in four of the six knowledge areas.
  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years.
  • Two references from a career manager, Client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) recipient.
  • Signed Code of Conduct.

Applicants are expected to review the CBAP® Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees, and details on how to apply.

Exam Details:

The Exam is the final requirement to achieving an IIBA designation. Exams are offered via computer based testing (CBT) at dedicated test centres around the world. Exam locations can be found at CBT Locations. Most test centres offer exams at various dates and times on a monthly basis.

  • A Four-year Undergraduate Degree (Bachelor’s or global equivalent)
  • A minimum of 3 years of Project Management experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects
  • 35 Contact Hours of Project Management education.
Introduction
 Introduction to Business Analysis
 Faculty & Participant’s introduction
 Baseline exam / expectation setting
 Reviewing participants performance on baseline exam
CBAP/CCBA Exam overview
 Introduction to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) v2.0
 Role and Competencies of a Business Analyst
 Overview of the CBAP/CCBA Certification Exam
 Overview of CBAP/CCBA exam application process
Enterprise Analysis
 Define Business Need
 Assess Capability Gaps
 Determine Solution Approach
 Define Solution Scope
 Define Business Case
Elicitation
 Quiz on Enterprise Analysis
 Preparing for Elicitation
 Types of Requirements
 Business Requirements
 Functional Requirements
 Non-Functional Requirements
 Technical & Design Constraints
 Conduct Elicitation
 Requirements Elicitation Techniques
 Document Elicitation Result
 Confirm Elicitation Result
 Quiz on Elicitation
Requirement Analysis
 Prioritize Requirements
 Organize Requirements
 Specify and Model Requirements
 Overview of different Requirement Analysis modelling techniques
 Define Assumptions and Constraints
 Verify Requirement
 Validate Requirements
 Quiz on Requirement Analysis
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
 Plan Business Analysis Approach
 Conduct Stakeholder Analysis
 Plan Business Analysis Activities
 Plan Business Analysis Communication
 Plan Requirements Management Process
 Quiz on BA Planning & Monitoring
Requirements Management and Communication
 Manage Solution Scope & Requirements
 Manage Requirements Traceability
 Maintain Requirements for Re-use
 Prepare Requirements Package
 Communicate Requirements
 Quiz on Requirement Management & Communication
Solution Assessment and Validation
 Assess Proposed Solution
 Allocate Requirements
 Assess Organizational Readiness
 Define Transition Requirements
 Validate Solutions
 Evaluate Solution Performance
 Quiz on Solutions Assessment and validation
360 Degree review on BABOK 2.0 ( Recap session )
 CBAP Mock Simulation (50 Questions)
 Review of CBAP Mock Simulation
 BABOK – Underlying Competencies
 CBAP Exam preparation roadmap
  •  21 CDUs Certificate – A prerequisite to apply for either the CBAP or CCBA Exam.
  •  24 PMI® PDUs for maintaining your Credential.
  •  Comprehensive Study Guide loaded with key terms, tips, and techniques to help you prepare for the CBAP® Exam.
  •  Simulated Mock Take Home Exam with in-depth answers and explanations, combined with an online study Exam providing a focused and continued learning experience.
  •  BABOK® Study Tables, an overview of the BABOK in a comprehensive, detailed, and highly visual package
  •  In-class Simulated Mock Exams with realistic practice questions and answer explanations.

What is the Cost of Attaining an IIBA® Certification?

There is a $125 non-refundable application fee (please note: regardless of whether your application is approved, or declined, this amount is not refunded). There is a separate Exam Fee of $325 for IIBA members and $450 for non-members.

Do Companies formally recognize IIBA Certifications?

Yes, there are many companies and organizations that formally recognize the CBAP® Certification. Please visit the website iiba.org for a list of these companies.

Do I need to be a Member of IIBA to apply for Certification and Re-certification?

No, you do not need to be an IIBA member to apply for Certification or Re-certification. However, there are many benefits to becoming an IIBA member including, but not limited to, discounts towards the Certification Exam Fee and the Re-certification fee.

Is it possible to substitute any of the Application Requirements?

NO. Candidates must meet all Application requirements as outlined in the CCBA® Handbook or the CBAP® Handbook (as applicable) in order to be eligible for the Exam.

Will IIBA be strict about verifying my work experience?

Exam Candidates and designation recipients may be audited to verify/validate work experience and other information provided on the Application. Be honest and you will have nothing to worry about!

What are the criteria used to validate experience?

Work experience must be related to Business Analysis, performing tasks as per A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide). See the CBAP® Handbook or the CCBA® Handbook for complete guidelines.

Work experience includes responsibilities/tasks other than those meeting Certification Requirements. Should I include all my work experience from the present back to my first Business Analysis (BA) experience within the last 7 (for CCBATM, or 10 for CBAP)® years?

As per the instructions in the Application, only Business Analysis work experience aligned specifically with the BABOK® Guide is considered. During the Application assessment process, work experience that is not aligned with the BABOK® Guide and its corresponding hours are deducted which can reduce the required total hours (a prerequisite for the Exam). Therefore, documenting more hours (rather than less) than the minimum required is recommended. In addition, gaps in work experience are not a consideration as long as the” total number of hours” requirement is met. Overlaps in work experience and/or extra hours are reviewed to ensure the number of hours is appropriately documented and feasible.

Which Courses/Programs qualify as part of the 21 hours required training (over a period of the last 4 years)?

All IIBA endorsed courses qualify for the Professional Development requirement. Other courses may also qualify as long as they meet the professional development criteria as specified in the CBAP/CCBATM handbooks. All training courses must have been taken within the last 4 years to be considered applicable towards the Exam prerequisite.

Do Online Courses hold as much weight as Classroom Courses in order to meet the 21 Professional Development hours requirement?

Yes, online courses hold the same weight as classroom courses for the Professional Development (PD) requirement. However, all courses must meet the PD criteria as described in the handbooks. In addition, for online courses, you must be able to provide proof of taking the course in case you are audited. As with all courses (online and classroom), if it is endorsed by IIBA then it automatically qualifies towards the 21 hours of PD. If it is not endorsed by IIBA, then it does not automatically qualify and will have to be assessed at the time of application to ensure it meets the PD requirements.

After submitting my application how long will I have to wait to find out if I am approved to sit for the Exam?

Applications are assessed and results emailed to applicants within 21 business days of IIBA receiving the complete Application along with the Application Fee.

How do I Sign up for the Exam?

The Exam is the final requirement to achieving an IIBA designation. Individuals interested in taking either the CCBA® or CBAP® Exam must first complete and submit the respective application with payment and be approved by the governing authority. This is the initial screening process for IIBA designations. Once an application is approved and the Applicant has paid the Exam Fee to IIBA, then the Applicant is eligible to take the Exam. The eligible Exam Candidate will then receive an email notification to register online for the Exam.

How and When are Exams Offered?

Exams are offered via computer based testing (CBT) at dedicated test centres around the world. Exam locations can be found at CBT Locations. Most test centres offer exams at various dates and times on a monthly basis. The test centre list includes locations outside of North America.

Once my application is approved and I am registered for an exam, when do I find out about the logistics of taking the Exam?

Once you have registered online for the Exam, you will receive a confirmation notice via email with the exam logistics (almost immediately).

If I am not able to appear for the exam within the specified timeframe, do I have to reapply and pay again?

Exam candidates have one year from the time they have been approved by IIBA to take the exam. It is the candidate's responsibility to ensure their application period does not lapse. If an application lapses, the candidate must reapply and repay the non-refundable application fee.

How many questions are on the exam?

The CBAP® and CCBA® exams each have 150 questions.

What kind of questions are they?

All the questions are multiple choice with four possible answers from which to select. Some questions are based on "comprehension" (e.g., definition, recall, etc.) and others are based on "situational analysis" (e.g. given a scenario, which is the best course of action) where the applicant must perform analysis to arrive at the answer. (It is neither all of one type or the other but covers a range of Blooms taxonomy.)

What is the exam based on?

The exam is based on the BABOK® Guide; however, it is not the sole source of questions on the exam. In addition to the BABOK® Guide itself, the exam also tests Candidates' knowledge of sources referenced by the BABOK® Guide and a Candidate’s Business Analysis experience.

How long will I have to complete the Exam?

Candidates will be given three and a half hours to complete the Exam.

What is the minimum score necessary to pass the Exam?

Cut scores are developed using psychometric procedures led by exam administrators. The process for creating the Certification Exams is as follows:

  • An item writing session is facilitated with CBAP® volunteers who develop the exam questions or 'items'.
  • Another group of CBAP® volunteers review and rate the level of difficulty of each question.
  • The exam is launched.
  • After a number of exam candidates take the exam, the cut score is calculated based on the cumulative performance of test items. Once set, the cut score does not change throughout the life of the exam, although it is monitored to ensure the effectiveness of the exam.

The IIBA Certification Body will not publicly reveal the cut score or the pass rate for any exam. Raw scores are normalized to a standard scale. 500 is the minimum score needed to pass, not the maximum possible score and is mentioned in the failed exam result.

What happens if I don't take the exam on the date I registered for?

If you missed the exam date without cancelling in advance and/or paying the rescheduling fee to the test provider as per their online registration process and cancellation policy, you are considered a no-show and you forfeit the exam fee. However, if there were extenuating circumstances such as a medical emergency, these will be considered with the proper documentation such as a doctor's note. Every case is assessed on an individual basis.

Can you clarify the breakdown of what is really necessary to pass the exam? Do you need to pass in each knowledge area or is it a cumulative total?

The exam score is based on a cumulative total.

Is a test taker better off skipping questions or answering them all, whether they are right or wrong?

Questions that are answered wrong or are skipped entirely are not treated differently from one another - both actions have a negative impact on the final score. In addition, 'marking' and 'unmarking' will not have an effect on the score.

How will I know if I have passed the Exam?

Exam candidates will be notified immediately on screen once they have submitted their computer based exam. For those who do not pass the exam, they will be provided with additional information; specifically the Knowledge Areas that require their attention.

How many times can I take the Exam?

Upon receiving notice that your application has been approved, you have one (1) year to successfully pass the exam. If you fail the exam on the first attempt, you may retake the exam just once, after waiting the mandatory three (3) months from the date of the initial attempt. An additional exam fee will also be required in order to redo the exam.

If you do not successfully pass the exam within one year of your application approval (either because you did not pass the exam after one or two attempts, or because you did not sit for it), you must reapply and pay the full fee again.

If I don't sit for the exam until more than nine months after receiving my approval email and I fail, am I out of luck for retaking the exam?

Yes. You must pass the exam within one year of the approval of your application or within two exam attempts, whichever comes first. After this, you must once again complete the application process (including paying the non-refundable application fee and exam fee) and, be approved to be eligible to take the exam.

If during the exam, the computer stops working and locks up, will this affect my score?

No, it won't change the score. The candidate responses to each question are stored automatically on the test administrator’s server as soon as the response is entered. There is nothing stored on the testing computer itself because we are receiving the test as the tester is answering each question. A lockup or even a log out will not affect responses that the tester has already entered, nor will it change the tester's examination time used (i.e. extra time will be added to the end for any time lost due to system problems).

Will training provider's Professional Development Units (PDUs) count towards maintaining CBAP® status? Will attending chapter meetings count towards the recertification requirements?

Details on the requirements for recertification can be found in the CBAP® Recertification Handbook. Please check theiiba.org.

What happens if I am off of work due to illness or maternity leave during my recertification period?

IIBA® recognizes that extenuating circumstances may arise. CBAP® recipients who are incapacitated due to illness, on maternity leave, or who are military personnel called to active duty can request an extension to their recertification cycle. Requests can be made to certification@iiba.org.

What are the Recertification Fees?

The current renewal fee for IIBA members is $85 and $120 for non-members (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents). The renewal charge is a non-refundable Fee.


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