Cbap Business Analysis FAQ

Cbap Business Analysis FAQ

1.Cbap Business Analysis FAQ- What are the CBAP® and CCBA™ Certifications?


The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), has created the Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®) and Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA™), credentials awarded to candidates who have successfully demonstrated their expertise in this field. The CBAP® designation is awarded to business analysis practitioners with 7500 hours or more of BA experience, and the CCBA™ is for those with 3750 or more hours of applicable experience. Both credentials require passing a comprehensive examination, based on the IIBA® Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) that is designed to objectively assess and measure business analysis knowledge and experience..


2.Cbap Business Analysis FAQ-Why Business Analysis


Macro business and technology trends are impacting the capabilities that organizations will need to generate better business outcomes and the discipline of business analysis is evolving to meet the requirements of organizations in our changing world.

Preparing their organizations to succeed given the pace and extent of change is top-of-mind for business leaders today. Globally, 72% of CEOs believe the next 3 years will be more critical than the last 50 years in their industry and 41% expect to be running significantly transformed companies in 3 years’ time (vs. 29% last year)

  1. Many view the next 3 years as their “now or never” opportunity to do so. Industry disruption and transformation is being driven primarily by technology, data and increasingly sophisticated consumers. These forces are upending business models, blurring industries and demanding new ways of thinking and operating. A significant majority of CEOs recognize the important need to foster a culture of innovation, respond quickly to technological opportunities and invest in new processes, as only those companies and industries accepting the challenge to transform themselves will be more competitive, gain efficiency and ensure the loyalty of customers

To accelerate this shift, organizations are looking at different models and skill sets to drive more value-driven analysis and the key is business analysis.


3. Cbap Business Analysis FAQ- What is the job of a business analyst?

In an ever-increasingly, complex business world, senior leaders are looking to their business analysis resources to provide timely solutions, value and insights to help guide their decision-making business analyst’s job is understanding the core need of the client, and working with the development team to fulfill that need.

4. Cbap Business Analysis FAQ-What are the education or work experience requirements needed?  To be eligible for CBAP® or CCBA™ Certification, you must meet the following requirements

BA Experience

For Cbap: You need 7500 hours of BA experience in over the past 10 years

For CCBA: 3750 hours of BA experience over the past 7 years

Knowledge Area

For Cbap:900+ hours in at least 4 of the 6 core BABOK® Knowledge Areas

For ccba: 900+ hours in at least 2 of the 6 core BABOK® Knowledge Areas – OR– 500 hours in 4 of the 6 Knowledge Areas


Cbap: High School or College Degree

Ccba: High School or College Degree

Professional Development

Cbap and ccba: 21 Hours in past 4 Years


Cbap and ccba: You need Two references from a  career manager,  client, or a CBAP


For Cbap and CCba: Membership is $95/year. $125 application plus $325 exam fee ($450 for nonmembers)


Once every 3 years; need 60 CDUs for renewal


5. Cbap Business Analysis FAQ-How many questions are on the version 3.0 exam?

Both the CBAP® and CCBA™ exams have 150 multiple-choice questions.

6. Cbap Business Analysis FAQ-What is the difference between CCBA credentials and CBAP credentials?  Besides the hours requirements noted, the two exams emphasize different things.

The CBAP® exam has many situation-based questions that require candidates to apply their knowledge of the BABOK®.

The CCBA™ exam is mostly comprised of knowledge and fact oriented questions about tasks and techniques in the BABOK®.

7.  Cbap Business Analysis FAQ-Is it enough to read and study only the BABOK®, or should I be studying other sources of knowledge about the topics in the BABOK®?

The BABOK® should be your main resource and it will provide much of the reference materials you need but  JK Michaels certified business analysis training and study guide  is another major resource we recommend, and is highly focused on the exam and practical understanding.

8.Cbap Business Analysis FAQ- Where can we access a formal class to prepare for the exam? Are they offered by the IIBA®?

JK Michaels has the CBAP® Prep classes and CCBA™ Prep classes scheduled throughout the year, We also offers fundamentals of business analysis. We offer these classes on site and online.

The IIBA® does not provide any formal training.

9. What is the best way to demonstrate that I meet the requirement of 7500 or 3750 hours?


You need 3750 or 7500 hours spent on business activities, and not just working hours. IIBA® has online applications to complete with project information. The form asks for information such as project name, start/end date, your role, project organization and contact, and project hours spent doing business analysis tasks as well as describing the tasks and your deliverables. The IIBA® audits a certain number of applications, so the hours you list should be as accurate as possible. Visit our resource material and download CBAP experience hours.


  1. The online CBAP® and CCBA™ application lists non-BA tasks for projects. Should I put down any non-BA hours on my application?


Here is the situation. If you indicate any non-BA tasks, the IIBA® will deduct a proportionate percentage of hours from your reported project hours.


Let’s say you worked 1000 hours on a project, and indicated 3 tasks, 2 of which were BA work and one was a PM task. The IIBA® will then deduct 33% or 333 hours from your 1000 hours, leaving you a net of only 667 hours to count towards your total.


Take this into account as you report hours and tasks on your application. Our advice: only report BA tasks and only BA hours to avoid having any hours deducted.


See the IIBA’s own FAQs document for more information on for details on this.


  1. Do I need experience in all of the Knowledge Areas to apply?


No, the IIBA® has established you need 900+ hours in at least 4 of the 6 core Knowledge Areas (KAs) to apply for the CBAP®.


For the CCBA™, you need 900+ hours in 2 of the core KAs or 500+ hours in 4 of the 6 core KAs.


  1. How long does it take to get approved to take the exam once you complete the application?


Within two weeks of receiving your application package IIBA® will notify you that your application is being processed. The IIBA® will then assess the application for completeness and fulfillment of the CBAP® or CCBA™ certification requirements. The IIBA® will notify you, via email, of the results of this assessment within 21 days of receiving the application.


  1. What counts towards the required 21 hour professional development hours?


Any business analysis training topic, such as requirements elicitation, requirements analysis or modeling courses, requirements planning/managing, etc. Training on related fields such as project management or software testing do not count towards the 21 hours. All our JK Michaels Business analysis courses applies to the 21 hours.Our CBAP training program. carries 24 CDU.


  1. Can we send the CBAP® application without having the needed 21 hours, and once accepted we take the course that gives us 21 hours? NO.


You must have the 21 hours of courses before you submit your application. JK Michaels is an endorsed educational provider with IIBA therefore all our Business analysis courses are  accredited.