CBAP Certification

Eligibility | Certification Cost | Syllabus

CBAP CERTIFICATION


Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) is an IIBA, Canada certification for experienced business analysts. The certification is possibly the gold standard for business analysts.

Key aspects of this certification are as follows:

  • One of the most recognized certifications worldwide
  • Only experienced business analysts can appear for this exam
  • Enables you to learn best practices and formal business analysis skills

Having CBAP certification under your belt, your professional career gets a boost for good. However, clearing this certification requires a thorough and structured planning approach with lots of practice with mock questions.

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CBAP certification eligibility


The eligibility criteria for the CBAP Certification examination are as follows:

  • Complete a minimum of 7,500 hours of Business Analysis Work Experience in the last 10 years.
  • Within this experience, a minimum of 900 hours was completed in 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas, for a total of at least 3,600 of the required 7,500 total.
  • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years.
  • Provide two references.
  • Agree to Code of Conduct.
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions.
  • Pass the exam.


CBAP CERTIFICATION COST

CBAP Certification cost comprises of two parts – the membership fees and the application/exam fees. The membership fees depends on your country of residence.
The certification fees details for CBAP are provided in the table below:

 Region IRegion IIRegion III
Membership fees
$125
$85
$55
Application Fees
$125
$125
$125
Exam Fees (Members)
$325
$325
$325
Exam Fees (Non-members)
$450
$450
$450

Region I Countries: USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates& more..

Region II Countries: Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa & more…

Region III Countries: India, Argentina, Pakistan & More..

To check yourspecific country's membership fees,visit IIBA membership page

As an Example, Total cost for CBAP certification for region I aspirant (United States of America) is:

  • Membership fees – USD 125, Application fees USD 125 and the exam fees is USD 325 resulting in a total fees of USD 575.


As an Example, Total cost for CBAP certification for region III aspirant (India) is:

  • Membership fees – USD 55, Application fees USD 125 and the exam fees is USD 325 resulting in a total fees of USD 505.


CBAP SYLLABUS


The CBAP certification examination is based on Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide. The BABOK guide is structured into knowledge areas, Techniques, perspectives and competencies.
The weightage of the knowledge areas is provided below:

 Weightage
Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring
14%
Elicitation & Collaboration
12%
Requirements Life Cycle Management
15%
Strategy Analysis
15%
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
30%
Solution Evaluation
14%


CBAP EXAM PATTERN

CBAP Certification exam is a multiple choice questions based exam. The questions are designed to test your ability to apply the BABOK concepts and framework.
There is a mix of scenario and case study based questions. The empirical data suggests that the case study based questions could be anywhere between 20%-35%.
The case studies are large (one or two pages) and multiple questions are based on the case studies

  • There are 120 MCQs
  • Duration of the exam is 210 minutes (3.5 hours)
  • Each question will have four options
  • Every question will have one correct answer
  • There are no negative marking

To try the types of questions, you may get in the CBAP exam, check out CBAP Exam Questions.




Testimonials

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Auxilia Judy
is now CBAP Certified

I am happy that I cleared CBAP last week. I joined Techcanvass online class 5 months back. Our instructor Satheesh made BABAOK reading engaging and effortless. He kept the class very much interactive and provided substantial explanations and examples to connect and relate. The LMS system provided by Techcanvass is quite comprehensive. I liked the part where it allows to save the test halfway and finish it at a later time.

Brijesh was very helpful in every step right from joining Techcanvass till my completion. I owe this success to our instructor Satheesh who made BABOK reading easy and all the valuable inputs and encouraging words that made a difference. Thank you Satheesh, Brijesh, and the entire Techcanvass team.

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Manideepa Chatterjee
is now CBAP Certified

I have over 18 years of experience in the IT industry and a large part of it as a lead business analyst. I always wanted to take the CBAP certification and decided to register for the exam in the fall of 2020.As I started to go through the process I realized it will take more than just professional experience to crack the exam. I made the right choice and enrolled in Techcanvass.


My experience with Techcanvass has been positive and excellent from the start.

  • The training sessions gave me a map as to how to go about preparing for the exam.
  • There was a wealth of resources in the website to revise the BABOK content.
  • The test series was very helpful in revising the concepts. After doing the tests I got a good understanding of which parts of the book I need to work on a bit more and also the kind of questions to expect.
  • Attempting case study questions before the actual exam gave me confidence about the timing and speed at which I need to give to each question.

Overall I would highly recommend enrolling in Techcanvass before taking any IIBA certification. A big thank you to Techcanvass team for making my CBAP certification journey so enjoyable and smooth.

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Debjani Ray Goswami

My experience with the training was very good. I had enrolled for CBAP training. Before I joined the training I tried reading BABOK on my own, but it didn’t make much sense to me. But at Techcanvaas, our trainer Satheesh, made BABOK really interesting and after each training session when I started reading the Knowledge areas, it made much more sense and kept me motivated to read the book.

The LMS portal is beautifully organized, where the contents that you need are easily accessible.
The support team was very helpful. They were accessible via WhatsApp and phone call. All our meetings were scheduled on time and I did not face any issues in attending the meetings.
I would rate Techcanvass with 5 and recommend anyone aspiring to take the CBAP /CCBA certification to definitely join the institute. Our trainer Satheesh was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. He kept every class very interesting with lot of real life examples.

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Mahalakshmi Chandrasekar

Training was very useful and informative. All sessions were taken in interactive way and was able to relate with the practical work. Clear details were provided to face the exam. The trainer is good knowledgeable and inspiring person to solve all challenges that I had in understanding the BABOK and CBAP.

LMS Portal was very well organized and maintained with valuable information and guides to always refer it at quick time. Thanks for the sessions.

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Latoya Barnett
is now CBAP Certified

Techcanvass CBAP self-paced course and Test Series were of great help in preparing me for my CBAP exam. The videos are well-structured and very detailed and there are testing options to test, not only your knowledge and understanding, but also your speed.

The case study based questions and mock exams were also a great help in preparing and helped me to uncover any gaps in my conceptual understanding. In addition to all this, Techcanvass also conducts regular free live online events that allows you to focus on a specific knowledge area and gain a better understanding.

I would highly recommend Techcanvass for anyone aspiring to take the CBAP exam. It is extremely useful and the price is very reasonable. I'll definitely be attending other courses being offered in the future.

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Md. Abu Al Syeed Shikder
is now CBAP Certified

Regarding CBAP question bank, I found it very useful. It gave me closer look to the real exam. I found real exam question level were at the same level with this question bank. For CBAP success.

I request all the aspirants to go through this question bank. This worked for me and I thank all the people of Techcanvass for the guidance and cordial assistance.

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Harsh Jayara
Technical Project Manager

I am very happy to share that I cleared by CBAP certification in June 2021. I subscribed to their "CBAP On-demand Course (Ultimate)" package. The sessions were very interactive, the trainer constantly made the participants think over the underlying concepts that was further supplemented by easy to relate examples.

Their vast question bank was the biggest game changer for me, I personally found that if you score a 75% + in Techcanvass simulation exams, you are well prepared to attempt the actual CBAP exam. The support team was extra helpful in catering to my requests, they were not only prompt in responding but put in extra words to motivate me for the exam. A big thanks to the entire Techcanvass team, I owe you guys this one.

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Asmita Modwel
Senior Business Analyst at Yoma Bank Yangon Myanmar

I am delighted to say that I passed the CBAP exam in the first attempt. Many thanks to Techcanvass! The training provided by Techcanvass was excellent. Great support from Ela, Brijesh and Nazni in clearing the doubts even after the course ended.

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Saurabh Saxena
Key Account Manager at Mintra Group

My name is Saurabh Saxena and I have successfully completed the CBAP training course with Techcanvas Academy and pleased to say that I have cleared the CBAP examination as well.

All the training session were absolutely superb and I genuinely enjoyed each and every moment of it. The content was extremely informative and incredibly useful. The virtual learning experience was very well set-up. It’s difficult to deliver but Satheesh pulled it off well, really a big thanks to Satheesh - You have done a wonderful job and I appreciate your efforts specially with all your story telling methodology – a great interactive engagement. He went at the perfect pace for both beginners and those with previous knowledge. I especially appreciated how inclusive he was in keeping everyone on track and answering questions promptly.
A big thanks to Nazni and Brijesh to guide me during this journey since I sign up for the course till I cleared the exam. The LMS is well structured and cover all details like how to fill your application form;all the recorded sessions;practice test, real life case studies etc to name a few. What I like most is you can create your own exam as well by choosing different number of questions from a specific KA to brush up your knowledge and to gauge what you have learn so far and how you are responding in the case scenario from BABOK prospective.
My advice to all aspirants. 1. target a date when you want to write the exam and then book the slot once you complete the training because that will motivate you to take time to read, practice and there is always a reminder – how many days left? 2. if possible don’t opt for proctoring and better to go to an approved center. It’s very annoying because even if you are trying thinking and seeing away from the screen immediately you will be instructed to look on screen or turn around the camera etc– that kills your tempo. 3. Most importantly, while writing the exam please don’t even dare to think, considering a real world scenario just think from BABOK prospective only – that’s it. 4. Questions will be a mix of case and scenario based questions, there will be 4/5 questions on a single case but scenarios based are short cases – I attempted the scenario based first that gives you a confidence that you have completed x number of questions as time is essence. 5. While attempting the case based questions – please take your time to read the case very carefully & quickly because don’t try to read the text again and again while attempting those 4/5 questions about that specific case. Some cases might need mathematical calculations as well like NPV and ROI. 6. At least attempt 2-3 full length mock test before appearing for your final examination. Don’t waste time getting stuck into one question, just flag it and move to next question otherwise it’s hard to attempt all questions because it’s simple mathematics – 210 minutes and 120 questions so we got perfect 1.75 minute to answer and also we need to consider the time to read those cases. 7. Read the Techcanvas PPT as they are an excellent and very good to revise the topics.
I highly recommend Techcanvas if you are going for BA certifications.

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Nebu Varghese

The training was really good. the trainer did a real good job. I had attended a corporate program with another provider on CBAP previously, compared to that Satheesh was really awesome.

He made the concepts crystal clear in a way that we could clearly identify with our day to day working, which is what made all the difference because understanding the BABOK otherwise is an uphill task. Since it is all drab theory unless you are able to relate, it makes it very difficult (and impossible) to proceed with learning I had previously stopped with the certification attempts due to the same reason that i was not able to relate to the concepts Satheesh really helped on that front. Kudos to him. LMS and support team were great i would rate 5 out of 5.

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Remya Ajesh
Test Analyst at MUFG Bank via Kelly services

The overall training experience was good. Got in-depth insight about the CBAP certification which led me to clear CBAP Examination. This course helped me get a clear understanding of the concepts. Trainers were really good. They helped us clarify all our queries and guide us through the concepts.

The course was well structured and was delivered in a well paced manner. The live session experience was similar to that of a classroom session. People were allowed to interrupt and ask queries. It was very much interactive session rather than one sided delivery. I would like to appreciate Techcanvas for allowing me to access the recording sessions from Satish’s training, upon my request. Also would like to thank Techcanvass for helping me through application process. LMS app is really helpful as I can access the training recordings as and when required.

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Ahmed Labhan
Senior Application Consultant at Ali Bin Ali Group

I have done with CBAP Certification Training at Techcanvass. First of all, the course is great and the schedule was amazing and fits everyone. Secondly, a big thanks to the instructor Ela as she has been so helpful, informative and professional
I would like to rate it as 5 stars and would definitely recommend it.

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Kalpesh Avlani
Business Solutions Analyst at University of Regina(Canada)

All the team members of TechCanvas are fantastic. They answered my queries right from preparing the exam until the day of the exam. I am really happy that everyone is in touch with me through the WhatsApp group.

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Kaushal Damle
Senior Consultant at Mindtree Ltd

I attended the online classroom sessions and I really appreciate the way the course is structured keeping the exam in view always, also the way trainer (Ela) presented was very focused and goal-oriented, really appreciate the efforts.

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Nimesh Patel
Assistant Vice President at Credit Suisse Poland

In terms of overall feedback, I found the overall course well-structured and sufficient time made available to help students go through the course and clear their doubts. Ela, our instructor, was very professional in terms of delivering the course

content and has sufficient knowledge to share her personal BA experiences as well. I would like to mention special thanks to the support staff (Brijesh and Nazni) for always being prompt in resolving technical issues as well as course-related questions. Overall, I would highly recommend peers to take BA classes with Techcanvass.

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Abirami Muthia
Business Analyst at Tata Consultancy Services - Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

I found the course videos really helpful to kickstart my preparation and to pass my CBAP certification. It was structured well and the content was helpful. The course videos really helped to understand new topics as well.

The question bank and scenarios made it easy to validate our proficiency in the subject. It gave a fair idea on what to expect on the exam day. I recommend Techcanvass for professionals who are aspiring to appear for CBAP.

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Vijay Anandh
Senior Business Analyst at novaCITYNETS

The learning experience during the course was intriguing & fascinating. The trainer was mind-blowing in explaining the concepts & techniques, as well as the entire content of BABOK. I'm glad I have enrolled for this course, because of the trainer, course materials & most importantly, the practice questions(including case study examples). I would recommend Techcanvass to everyone aspiring to appear for CBAP.

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Kavitha Mohan
Assistant Manager at Incentives Process at Mashreq Bank

I really had a great experience with Techcanvass on my CBAP online learning and really appreciate your great support - timely and to the point. It really was a wonderful experience for me.and for sure I would like to recommend Techcanvass to my peers

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Alfred Wright
Functional Business Analyst at DXC Technology

Thank you for your assistance with my CBAP training. A special thanks to Nazni for her assistance and exceptional customer service.
Techcanvass online training and material have helped me gain a good understanding of BABOK knowledge areas for my CBAP certification.

Techcanvass has a great team and has provided me with excellent assistance with all my queries.
Trainers Abhishek and Ella are good at teaching business analysis and have some nice videos on Youtube free of cost too. I hope to come back for more training.

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Sylvana Abinakle
Lead Business Analyst at Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General Universite de Montreal

I opted for Techcanvass question bank for the CBAP exam and could complete CBAP certification successfully;I was very pleased to find out how large the bank is and how thorough and diversified the questions are.

The portal is very easy to use and well done. It allows you to generate the questions by specific knowledge area or run an entire exam.You also get scored and see a detailed explanation of the right answers to the questions. I would definitively recommend it as it was very useful and prepared me well for the actual exam and the price is very reasonable & competitive!
Also, Techcanvass team was very responsive and Brijesh was very prompt in helping me when I needed assistance. Thank you, Techcanvass Team!

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CBAP Certification Preparation


You can join a training course from any IIBA Endorsed education provider(EEP) to get 35-hrs of PDs to become eligible for the exam. Techcanvass is an IIBA EEP and provides CBAP certification training as Live online training as well as On-demand training.



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CBAP Certification and Course FAQ



Do I need to be CCBA Certified before I can go for CBAP certification?

No, there is no such requirement. You need to meet the CBAP eligibility criteria. The details are provided in answer to the next question.

What are these two references? Who can I provide as references?

You need two references as one of the eligibility criteria. These references could either be a career manager, a client (internal or external), or CBAP® recipient. IIBA will only ask for an endorsement from your references if your application is selected for a random audit.
These references must meet the following conditions:

  • • At least one of the references must be a current contact.
  • • All references must have known the applicant for at least six months.
  • • IIBA defines a career manager as the person who is responsible for providing and preparing the applicant's annual performance review.
  • • Project managers cannot be references unless they are also the applicant's career manager. The reference form must indicate they fill both roles, or the reference will not qualify.

What is the CBAP exam format?

As per IIBA website, The CBAP® exam is 3.5 hours long and consists of 120 multiple choice questions. The questions are case study-based (i.e. longer cases (1-1.5 pages) of information) with multiple questions about the case.

Where can I take the CBAP Certification exam?

CBAP exam can be taken online from Jan 2020. Now, you don't need to go to any test centres to take the examination. The exams are online proctored exam and can be taken from home. You need to have a personal computer with Internet connectivity, a camera, and an unobstructed sitting area. Check IIBA.ORG for more details.

How can I try some sample questions and understand the type of questions asked in the actual exam?

You can try these questions based on the actual exam pattern. You can try sample CBAP exam questions as well as these CBAP sample questions.

What kind of questions are asked in the CBAP examination?

The certification exam comprises of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) with only one correct answer. All the questions are scenario or case study based.
It's highly unlikely that there will be any recall-based questions. Some of the questions are case study based. The case study maybe 1 page long, and 3 to 5 questions will be based on the case study.
You need to have a good grasp of the BABOK concepts and be able to apply these concepts to be able to clear the exam and earn CBAP.

What is the validity of CBAP certification? Does it expire? When do I need to re-certify?

The CBAP certification is valid for three years. You need to get certified every three years. There is a need to appear for the examination, but you need to collect and earn 60 CDUs to earn the certification every three years. You can get more information, visit our CBAP recertification

What is the CBAP eligibility criteria? Am I eligible for CBAP?

The primary criterion for being eligible for CBAP is the business analysis experience. However, IIBA does not mandate that you need to have the Business analyst designation. You can be doing business analysis activities in any capacity and can still meet the CBAP eligibility criteria.

  • • Complete a minimum of 7,500 hours of Business Analysis Work experience in the last ten years.
  • • Within this experience, a minimum of 900 hours completed in 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas, for a total of at least 3,600 of the required 7,500 total.
  • • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last four years.
  • • Provide two references.

How do I earn 35-hours of professional development (PDs)?

You can earn the 35 PD hrs by attending a course from an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) like Techcanvass. The course could be attended online, in the classrooms, or in self-learning mode.

What is the CBAP certification fees?

The CBAP certification fees comprise of three parts – membership fees, application fees and exam fees. So, the total fees for CBAP varies from $505 to $575. The variation in the fees is because of the membership fees which depends on your country of residence.
You can find a more detailed explanation on our Certification cost page.

What is the validity of these 35 PDs? Do I need to use them immediately?

These PDs are valid for four years from the date of completion of course or work, which earned you these 35 hours. IIBA will ask for the completion date from you, which you can get from the Training Academy from where you completed this course.

From CBAP examination perspective, which of the chapters are most important?

The CBAP exam questions are almost evenly distributed across the knowledge areas. As per IIBA website, the number of questions from each chapter would be as per the following distribution:

Business analysis planning and monitoring14%
Elicitation and collaboration12%
Requirements life cycle management15%
Strategy analysis15%
Requirements analysis and design definition30%
Solution evaluation14%

What happens if I fail in the exam? What if I don’t clear the exam?

You can retake the exam at the cost of $250. But make sure that you prepare well for the exam so that you don't waste your money.


CBAP/CCBA Preparation Resources

A selection of Top CBAP and CCBA Certification preparation resources, which includes Videos and Blog articles.
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