The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™)


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The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™)

  1. 1. The Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™) Overview 1
  2. 2. Topics Vision and Mission of the IIBA IIBA Goals The BA Body of Knowledge The BA Professional Certification Requirements and ISO 17024 Certification Benefits CBAPTM Exam Details Certification Fees Recertification How to find more information Questions? 2
  3. 3. TM International Institute of Business Analysis The world's leading association for Vision Business Analysis professionals Develop and maintain standards for the Mission practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners TM The IIBA is an international not-for-profit professional association for business analysis professionals. KBa 3
  4. 4. IIBA™ Goals Create and develop awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the role of the Business Analysis Professional Define and maintain the Business Analysis Body of KnowledgeTM Publicly recognize qualified practitioners through an internationally acknowledged certification program Provide a forum for knowledge sharing 4
  5. 5. Business Analysis Body of KnowledgeTM The set of tasks, knowledge, & techniques Six Knowledge Areas required to identify business needs & • Enterprise Analysis determine solutions to business problems. Solutions often include a systems • Requirements Planning & development component, but may also Management consist of process improvement or • Requirements Elicitation organizational change. • Requirements Analysis Underlying Fundamentals • Requirements • Communications Communications • Leadership • Solutions Assessment & • Problem Solving Validation • Business Knowledge • IT Knowledge 5
  6. 6. Business Analysis Body of KnowledgeTM Knowledge Areas Requirements Planning & Management Enterprise Solution Analysis Requirements Requirements Requirements Assessment Elicitation Analysis Communications & Validation Fundamentals Identifies currently accepted practices It is NOT a Recognizes business analysis is more than methodology nor does requirements it prescribe or favor a Defined and enhanced by the professionals methodology who apply it It is NOT a “how to” business analysis Aligns with CMMI - Requirements instruction manual Development and Requirements Management 6
  7. 7. The Business Analysis Professional The Definition Works as a liaison among stakeholders to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies, and information and information systems Understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals 7
  8. 8. The CBAPTM Certification Qualified practitioners will receive the designation - Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™) This certification is designed for individuals with an advanced level of knowledge and experience The IIBATM will consider offering additional certification programs in the future based on demand Education Provider specific certifications will not be recognized as a substitute to the CBAP™ 8
  9. 9. ISO 17024 Requirements Certification Body Fair and Equitable Policy and Procedures Defined Certification Policies and Procedures Clearly Defined Scope of Certification Organizational Structure Independent, Impartial and Ethical Certification Body Impartial and Inclusive Training Does Not Comprise Certification Process 9
  10. 10. ISO 17024 Requirements - Continued Development and Maintenance Method and Mechanisms to Evaluate Competence Certification Scheme Evaluation Process Certification Examination Evaluation Recertification Defined Requirements How Requirements Relate to Identified Competence Surveillance Proactive Monitoring of Certificants 10
  11. 11. Benefits of Certification Organization Benefits Employee development and recognition CBAPsTM have signed a Code of Conduct Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalsTM are acknowledged as competent individuals CBAPsTM perform a role increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project 11
  12. 12. Benefits of Certification Organization Benefits (cont.) CBAPsTM are identified as individuals with an advanced level of knowledge and qualifications CBAPsTM follow established standards CBAPsTM produce reliable, quality results with increased efficiency and consistency Reduced risk 12
  13. 13. Benefits of Certification Benefits for the Individual Demonstrate dedication to the Business Analysis profession Ability to enhance the profession and have a voice among other professions Expedited professional advancement Demonstrate knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective Business Analyst 13
  14. 14. Benefits of Certification Benefits for the Individual (cont.) Show a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis Participation in a recognized professional group Advance career potential by a separate and distinct career path within the information technology industry and business community Networking opportunities 14
  15. 15. Certification Entrance Criteria Five years (7,500 hours) of business analysis work in the last 10 years experience Demonstrated experience and knowledge in 4 out of 6 BABOK™ Knowledge Areas 21 hours of BA professional development in the last 4 years Minimum high school diploma or equivalent Two professional references Signed Code of Conduct 15
  16. 16. Work Experience Acceptable activities include: Hands-on business analysis activities (as per BABOK™) Coaching or mentoring of business analysts with respect to business analysis activities Development of business analysis methodology and/or best practices Development of business analysis training 16
  17. 17. Work Experience Activities that will not apply include: Supervisory management of business analysis activities (e.g. resource management, status reporting, performance management) Teaching business analysis training courses Selling requirements tools/software Project management Testing Programming 17
  18. 18. Professional Development Must be personal professional development, not time developing others (e.g., taking a course qualifies, teaching a course does not) For initial CBAP™ certification, development must be a course or seminar Course content must be based on the BABOK™ Knowledge Areas or Underlying Fundamentals Testing courses, project management courses or programming courses will not qualify 18
  19. 19. References Must be provided by a: Career Manager Internal or external Client Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™) 19
  20. 20. Preparing for the exam Review the content of the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge™ version 1.6 Identify your gaps in knowledge or areas of weakness and then reference publications listed in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge™ version 1.6 for those areas. 20
  21. 21. The Certification Process The candidate submits an application for certification. The application must include: Application form and application fee References Code of Conduct form Examination fee (due at least 60 days prior to the exam date) IIBATM reviews these materials to determine if the candidate meets all CBAP™ requirements If approved, the candidate registers to take the exam The candidate takes the exam The candidate is notified by the IIBATM of the result 21
  22. 22. Exam details Comprised of 150 multiple choice questions Each multiple choice question has 4 possible answers Exam duration is 3.5 hours Currently paper exams only in a proctored setting Scoring may take 30 days Notifications will include information on performance by Knowledge Area for any unsuccessful candidates Note: It is expected that computer based exams will be available in late 2008 22
  23. 23. Current CBAP Exam Blueprint Knowledge Area Percent of Questions Enterprise Analysis 22.0% Requirements Planning and Management 22.7% Requirement Elicitation 18.7% Requirements Analysis and Documentation 20.7% Requirements Communication 10.7% Solution Assessment and Validation 5.2% 23
  24. 24. Certification Fees Initial fees $125 USD application fee that is non-refundable $325 USD exam fee for IIBA members $450 USD exam fee for non-members Rewrite fees $250 USD for IIBA members $375 USD for non-members Candidate must wait 3 months before rewriting the exam Includes Title and Expected Tenure in the Role 24
  25. 25. Re-certification Re-certification will be required every 3 years Information about the re-certification program will be available by late 2007 CBAP™s will require Continuing Development Units (CDUs) to re-certify 25
  26. 26. Re-certification CDU’s If you receive your CBAPTM prior to the re-certification details being released, you should track all business analysis activities: Activity description Number of hours Date of activity Course name & provider (if appropriate) Contact name to verify activity CDUs will be retroactive to date of certification 26
  27. 27. Where to find more information Available on CBAP™ Handbook CBAP™ FAQs CBAP™ Application process and forms Business Analysis Body of Knowledge™ Email: 27
  28. 28. The End! Questions? 28