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Difference between ECBA CCBA and CBAP Certification

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?

 

These 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.

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

Level 1 – ECBA (Entry certificate in business analysis)

Level 2 – CCBA (Certification of capability in business analysis)

Level 3 – CBAP (Certified business analysis professional)

Level 4 –CBATL (Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader)

Primarily aimed at beginners to senior and seasoned business analysis professionals these certifications test the BA 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

 

Prometric test center available in all major global cities

 

Prometric test center available in all major global cities

 

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.

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Param Tevar posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 7:39 AM
thank you! this is very helpful.
business analyst course1 posted on Thursday, November 1, 2018 11:09 PM
Ever since the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) announced a new multi-level, competency-based certification framework, there have been a lot of questions as to the differences between the levels. The IIBA designed the levels to allow BA professionals to demonstrate your ability to perform and prove you can apply your experience in a given situation. The program includes four levels of credentials, three of which involve a written examination process. So, which one is right for you?

The four levels of credentials follow a BA’s career path and are meant to be a guide, but you do not need to complete them in order. For example, if you already have the experience and requirements of a CBAP®, you do not need to complete the ECBA® or CCBA® first. The table below briefly explains the purpose of each credential.
The ECBA exam is strictly knowledge- and recall-based that requires candidates to understand basic business analysis. The CCBA exam contains some scenarios, and more knowledge- and recall-oriented questions that require candidates to apply their knowledge of tasks and techniques in the BABOK. The CBAP exam has many case study and scenario-based questions; applicants are required to draw upon their experience and apply it to analyzing situations and synthesizing information. The CBATL does not have an exam and no details have been released as of the time this blog was published. The table below further details the target audience, requirements, and assessment for levels 1-3 of IIBA.
Now that you know what certification is right for you, you may be wondering what to study for towards your particular exam. The table below details the exam blueprints for levels 1-3. These blueprints are guidelines giving the percentages of knowledge areas represented on each of the exams. Take the exam blueprints seriously. They help you focus your study, and knowing them is part of a good preparation plan. For example, the CCBA exam only has 6% of its questions on Solution Evaluation. You won’t need to study that chapter of the BABOK Guide as much as Requirements Analysis and Design Definition. The latter, along with its associated techniques, represents nearly one third of the questions you will see on your exam and deserves extensive study.

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