Certification of Competency in Business Analysis

Last months I’ve been studying hard. I started preparing for IIBA certification last summer (2012) and I managed to sit the exam in April 2013. It’s twice the time it took me to prepare myself for TOGAF 9 certification (both levels). But, to be honest I had two serious distractions during my preparations.

  • Firstly, at the end of 2012 I started looking for a new position, luckily for me I started my new job in Feb 2013.
  • Secondly during that time I had an opportunity to go for another certification called OCEB. I took it, and I succeeded!

So when I had my new job and the OCEB certificate in my handI could focus on my IIBA certification.

There are two certificates issued by IIBA. While the scope of knowledge needed to pass each of them is similar and covers BABOK Guide, the main difference is candidate’s experience in the field of business analysis. Each candidate must prove:
  • 3750 hours in case of CCBA, or
  • 7500 hours in case of CBAP

of business analysis work experience.

At the time of filling my application to IIBA, I had over 4000 hours of BA work experience, so my choice was… an easy one 🙂 Almost ten months later I passed the exam and earned my Certification of Competency in Business AnalysisTM (CCBA®) certificate.

Description of my preparations to the exam will be covered in my next blog post.

At the time of writing that post there are 3 people (including me) in Poland with CCBA and 3 (or 2) with CBAP®. In comparison with other countries IIBA’s certification is still rather exotic and unknown in my country. (Numbers taken from IIBA’s certification registry).

Good luck with your studying!

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