CBAP® Certification

Business Analysis

IIBA's Most companies are recognizing the value of the IIBA's Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) certification. CBAPs not only bring value and expertise to their organizations, but to the industry as a whole. Learn what CBAP certification is, how it's obtained and maintained, and how to prepare for the exam.

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There is a three step process to achieving the CBAP Certification:Certified Business Analysis Professionals

  • Experience
  • Past Training
  • Passing an Exam

There are two parts to the process:

  • Part One: The CBAP application
  • Part Two: The CBAP exam

For Part One, the CBAP application, the requirements are:

  • Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK Guide in the last ten years
  • Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas (see chart below)
  • Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
  • Two references from a career manager, client, or CBAP recipient
  • Signed Code of Conduct
  • Minimum of a high school degree or equivalent

CBAP Certification Process

Here is the process you must follow and some helpful details to help you successfully gain the CBAP certification:

BABOK Guide Knowledge Areas

Knowledge Areas Work Experience that Qualifies Work Experience that does NOT Qualify

Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring

  • Creating requirements plan to feed into project plan
  • Identifying and documenting requirements risks
  • Reporting on requirements progress as input to project status report
  • Creating project plan
  • Identifying project risks
  • Facilitating requirements gathering workshop
Requirements Management and Communication
  • Walkthroughs and sign-offs of requirements package
  • Preparing and conducting requirements presentation for senior executives
  • Providing weekly project status reports
  • Conducting design walkthroughs
Enterprise Analysis
  • Determining business objectives
  • Creating business architecture
  • Creating Project Charter
  • Creating system or application architecture
Requirements Analysis
  • Functional requirements
  • Non-functional requirements
  • User requirements
  • Creating service level agreements
  • Creating and documenting design solution
Solution Assessment and Validation
  • Reviewing design document and ensuring requirements are met
  • Review test strategy, test plans, and test cases to ensure requirements are met
  • Supporting QA and testing team
  • Reviewing defects and working with client to determine: priority of fix, manual work around
  • Creating design document
  • Creating test strategy, test plan or test cases
  • Executing testing
  • Tracking and managing defects

What you need to know about the CBAP application and renewal process

  • You have one year to take the CBAP examination after application approval. You can retake the CBAP exam one time during that year.
  • The CBAP certification needs to be renewed every three years.
  • The IIBA has the right to revoke any CBAP certification at any time due to misuse or misconduct of the CBAP logo. Those CBAP recipients whose certification has been revoked can reapply for CBAP certification for a period of time.

Summary of Fees

Fee Member Non-member
Application Fee (non-refundable) $125 $125
Exam Fee $325 $450

Other Fees

Fee Member Non-member
Exam Cancellation Fee (CBT) $50 $50
Exam Cancellation Fee (Paper-based) $55 $55
Exam Re-write Fee $250 $375
Exam Re-scoring Fee $65 $65

CBAP Exam Content Overview

CBAP Exam Blueprint

Knowledge Area Percent of Questions
Business Analysis and Monitoring 19.33%
Elicitation 14%
Requirements Management and Communication 16%
Enterprise Analysis 15.33%
Requirements Analysis 19.33%
Solution Assessment and Validation 16%

CBAP Recertification

  • IIBA must receive the CBAP recipient's recertification application package and payment by their certification expiration date.
  • The current renewal fee for IIBA members is $85 and $120 for non-members.
  • Please see the CBAP Recertification Handbook for more information on CBAP recertification.
  • Experience
  • Training
  • References
  • Exam

Application Fee: $125
IIBA Member Exam Fee: $325
IIBA Non-Member Exam Fee: $450

Exam Details

120 multiple-choice, case study-based questions over 3.5 hours proctored at Prometric testing facility

Required Experience

Minimum of 7,500 hours business analysis experience in the last 10 years

Experience must include 900 hours in at least 4 out of 6 IIBA Knowledge Areas

Required Training

35 hours of IIBA approved training in the last 4 years

Other Requirement Details

Two references (http://www.iiba.org/certification-handbook/reference-requirements.htm)


IIBA Member: $85
IIBA Non-Member: $120

60 IIBA approved contact hours (CDUs) of training/professional education

Every three years