Confused between CBAP and CCBA

Confused between CCBA and CBAP?

Confused between CCBA and CBAP? This has been a frequently asked question from many of our participants.

Most common questions asked are:

  1. I have 4 years BA experience. Should I wait for 1 more year and take CBAP?
  2. Is CCBA as recognized as CBAP?
  3. Will CCBA be as difficult as CBAP?
  4. How should my preparation be different?

Similarities between CCBA® and CBAP®

  1. Reference guide for both examinations is BABoK® V3.
  2. Reference requirements are same.
  3. Fees are same :(
  4. Exam mode is same i.e. Prometric.
  5. Coverage is practically same – Entire BABoK® :(
  6. Knowledge area coverage is quite similar

Differences between CCBA® and CBAP®

1. Work Experience requirements

CCBA® is recommended for mid-level BA professionals. The work experience requirement is 3750 hours which can translate to roughly 2.5 years of work experience.

CBAP® is recommended for mid-level BA professionals. The work experience
requirement is 7500 hours which can translate to roughly 5 years of work experience.

However, given the complexity of CBAP® V3 examination, we strongly recommend 6+ years of business analysis experience for CBAP®.

2. PDU requirements

CCBA® requires 21 hours of PDUs.

CBAP® requires 35 hours of PDUs.

This means cost of training will be lower compared to CBAP®.

3. Question pattern

CCBA® Question pattern

Question pattern for CBAP® V3 is significantly different from CCBA® V3
question pattern.

In CCBA®, there are 130 questions, most likely pattern being majority
(approx. being 80%) being scenario based questions and 20% definition oriented questions.

One more interesting aspect to observe is that CCBA® V3 question pattern is much better than CCBA® V2 question pattern.

CCBA® V2 questions had lot of memorization questions which have been removed in CCBA® V3. This is indeed a welcome change. 

CBAP® Question pattern

Case based questions are newly introduced in CBAP®.

In CBAP®, there are only 120 questions. Each case is around 1 to 2 pages long and likely to have 4 to 6 questions per case.

Of the 120 questions in CBAP®, around 40 to 50 questions (approx. 35% to 40%) are likely to be case based and rest 70 to 80 questions (approx.60 to 65%) are likely to be scenario based.

You also may see calculation oriented questions in CBAP® than in CCBA®.

If one is looking for CBAP® simulators, make sure that the CBAP® simulator provides you with good number of case based questions.

4. Exam durations

CBAP® is for 3.5 hours where as CCBA® is for 3 years.

5. Preparation efforts

Recommended preparation effort for CCBA® will be between 100 to 150 hours.

Recommended preparation effort for CBAP® will be 150 to 250 hours depending on your experience and comfort with BA practices.

6. Brand recognition

CBAP® for sure better marketing reputation at present compared to CCBA®. However, we believe given the emphasis now on CCBA® and making CBAP® lot tougher to achieve, market will start accepting CCBA® as well. IIBA® per-se is seeing lot more market visibility for last couple of years.

Finally, few words about us

My organization, Adaptive Processes provides CCBA® and CBAP® V3 online workshops with success guarantee. As part of success guarantee, Adaptive shall pay the re-take fees if needed.
For first 3 months of 2017, we offering even a very exciting offer; 1- year free membership with IIBA® that’s a whopping USD 125 benefit to you.

Our CBAP® V3 simulator provides 1000+ questions of which approximately 200 are case based, 400+ are scenario based and 400+ are concept based.

Our CCBA® V3 simulator provides 700+ questions of which approximately 500+ are scenario based and 200+ are concept based.

Happy reading and have a wonderful day and do provide your suggestions and comments.
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About Adaptive Processes

Adaptive Processes is world’s largest BA assessment solutions provider.
We offer End to end BA services – Staffing, skill development, BA process improvement, BA solution.

Our 200+ clients include Credit-Suisse, Vodafone, AkzoNobel, Bank of Tanzania, HP, SAP, Allianz-Cornhill etc.

We are an EEP for IIBA®, Canada and IREB®, Germany.

Trained 3000+ business analysts and conducted 200+ workshops in India, USA, Thailand and Philippines.

Adaptive Processes provides CBAPCCBAECBACPRE, Agile BA and other business analysis certification training online and consulting needs for Individual or Corporate either online or offline. Adaptive Processes is an endorsed education provider of IIBA® Canada and IREB® Germany.

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