ECBA vs CCBA vs CBAP

ECBA or CCBA or CBAP – Which Business Analysis Certification is right for You?

ECBA or CCBA or CBAP?

Below are some of the common questions I come across very frequently after IIBA has released the new multi level certification scheme in the second half of 2016;

  • What’s the difference between ECBA, CCBA and CBAP Certification?
  • Which certification should I pursue ECBA, CCBA or CBAP?
  • How do I know which certification is right/suited for me?
  • There are so many certifications I am completely confused which one to pursue?
  • Can you please guide me on which certification should I go for?

 

The four certification levels are deigned to suit the needs of business analysis professionals at various different levels.

Primarily aimed at beginners to senior and seasoned business analysis professionals these certifications test the Business Analyst knowledge and skill of professionals at varied levels.

Here’s a snapshot of the various certifications presented in a high level comparative manner:

IIBA Certification Schemes Overview

Parameter

ECBA

CCBA

CBAP

Full Form

Entry Certificate in Business Analysis

Certification of Capability in Business Analysis

Certified Business Analysis Professional

Caters to

Recognizes individuals entering the field of business analysis

Recognizes BA professionals who have 2-3 years of BA experience

Recognizes BA professionals who lead and have over 5 years of BA experience

Target Audience

Individuals entering the BA profession

New graduates

Professionals aiming to switch over to a BA career

BA professionals having 2/3 years of experience

Developing BAs, Hybrid BAs – PMs, Testers, QA, Change Manager, Tech Lead

Aimed towards BA professionals having 5 years of experience

Seasoned BAs, BA Consultants, Trainers, Business analysis , Systems analysis , Requirements analysis or management, Process management, Consulting

Eligibility

·   No Work Experience required

·   No Knowledge Area expertise

·   Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years

 

Minimum 3750 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last 7 years

Minimum 900 hours in each of two of the six knowledge areas or minimum 500 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas

·  Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years

·  Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient

·  Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last 10 years

·  Minimum 900 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas

·  Minimum 35 hours of Professional Development Training in the past four years

·  Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient

PDU

21 in last 4 years

21 in last 4 years

35 in last 4 years

References

Not needed

2 from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient

2 from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient

Focuses on

·  Requirements Analysis and Design Definition -24%

·  Elicitation and Collaboration – 20%

·  Requirements Life Cycle Management – 20%

·  Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 5%

·  Strategy Analysis – 5%

·  Solution Evaluation – 1%

·  Techniques -12.5%

·  Underlying Competencies – 5%

·  Business Analysis Key Concepts – 5%

·  Business Analysis & the BA Professional- 2.5%

·  Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 32%

·  Elicitation and Collaboration – 20%

·  Requirements Life Cycle Management – 18%

·  Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 12%

·  Strategy Analysis – 12%

·  Solution Evaluation – 6%

 

·  Requirements Analysis and Design Definition -30%

·  Strategy Analysis -15%

·  Requirements Life Cycle Management – 15%

·  Solution Evaluation -14%

·  Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 14%

·  Elicitation and Collaboration – 12%

Exam Pattern

·  1.5 hours long

·  50 multiple choice questions.

·  Basic multiple choice that test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding

·  3 hours long

·  130 multiple choice questions.

·  The questions are scenario-based (i.e. candidate must do a bit of analysis to arrive at the answer)

·  3.5 hours long

·  120 multiple choice questions.

·  The questions are longer cases (1 to 1.5 Pages of information).

·  Multiple questions about the case.

Rewrite

Twice within one year of approval with no wait time

Twice

within one year of approval with no wait time

Twice

within one year of approval with no wait time

Exam location/ Mode

Online Proctored exam via PSI from any location

http://it.psionline.com/exam-faqs/iiba-faq/

Prometric test center available in all major global cities

https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/iiba/Pages/landing.aspx

Prometric test center available in all major global cities

https://www.prometric.com/en-us/clients/iiba/Pages/landing.aspx

Rewrite /Retake fees

85 USD – Members

195 USD – Non Members

250 USD – Members

375 USD – Non Members

250 USD – Members

375 USD – Non Members

Application Fee

60 USD

125 USD

125 USD

Certification Fee

110 USD for Members

235 USD for Non Members

325 USD for Members

450 USD for Non Members

325 USD for Members

450 USD for Non Members

Recertification fees

NA

$85USD for members

$120 USD for non members

$85USD for members

$120 USD for non members

Membership Fees

Region 1 – 125 USD – USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, UK

Region 2 – 85 USD – Singapore, Malaysia, Middle East Asian countries..

Region 3 – 55 USD – India, Pakistan, Thailand, Tanzania..

I sincerely hope this will help you in giving a good snap shot of the IIBA multi level certifications overview.

Using this information you can decide what would be the right certification for you.

In case you are a business analyst with 5/6+ years of business analysis experience and thinking of CBAP then take a look at this post on how to prepare for CBAP and CBAP on BABoKV3.

In case you are a mid level business analyst with 3+ years of business analysis experience then CCBA may be the right certification for you.

If you are a beginner business analyst with no or 1+ year of business analysis experience then ECBA may be the right certification for you, then take a look at this Chicken and Egg, Certification or experience in Business Analysis and also this beautiful video on Introduction to ECBA certification

Take a look at  the sample learning video on BA planning approach from the collection of 95+ leaning videos as part of our BABoK V3 study content.

Happy reading and please share it in your network if you like my writing and the post.

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Ananya Pani

Ananya Pani

CEO at Adaptive Processes
Exec Management (IIM Bangalore), ISO 27001 Lead Auditor, ISO 9001 Lead Auditor, ISO 20000 Lead Auditor, BS 25999 Lead Auditor, Six Sigma Green Belt

I head global sales and operations role at Adaptive Processes.

We have grown our international business over 100% under my leadership.

I also coach and mentor business analysts in their pursuit for achieving CBAP, CCBA, ECBA and CPRE certifications.

18 years of professional experience in Software (Processes – CMMI, ISO9001, ISO27001, Statistical Process Control, SEPG.

Held positions in Phoenix Global Solutions,Infosys, Sasken and iGate. Consulted several clients including iGate, Ness, and Reach Technologies.

CMMi, ISO 9001-2008, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, BS25999, Process Consulting, Software Quality Assurance, Process Consulting, Process Definition, Process Improvement

Specialties: Requirements Management, Requirements Analysis, Requirements Engineering, Busienss Analysis, CMMi, ISO 9001-2008, ISO 27001, ISO 20000, BS 25999, Process Consulting, Software Quality Assurance, Process Consulting, Process Definition, Process Improvement
Ananya Pani

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