About The CBAP® Examination

CBAP® Certification and Exam Details

With its first exam administered in November of 2006, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) began designating a professional certification called the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®). Individuals who obtain this certification are considered the elite, most experienced members of the Business Analysis community.

Candidates for the CBAP® certification have experience identifying the business needs of an organization, analyzing business requirements, and implementing process improvements which contribute significantly to organizational success. The CBAP® certification process includes demonstrating the required experience, knowledge and competencies of a qualified practitioner of Business Analysis. The qualifications, as designated by the IIBA® for this exam are as follows:

CBAP® Certification Criteria

Education Requirement BA Work
Knowledge Area Requirement Professional Development Experience References Number of Questions Exam Length Sign Code of Conduct Credential Maintenance & Expiration
High School or Equivalent Education 7500 Hours (aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 10 years) 900 Hours in 4 of 6 Knowledge Areas (included in 7500 Hours of BA Work Experience) 21 Hours in the past 4 years* 2 References from a career manager, client, or CBAP® Recipient 120 3.5 hours Yes Every 3 years, expires if not renewed

* The IIBA® endorsed courses per the Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) program automatically qualify towards the 35 hours of Professional Development for initial certification.

Applying for the Exam

More information on applying for the exam is available on the IIBA's website (www.iiba.org). Click the "Certification" tab on the main menu of the homepage, then choose "CBAP Designation".

Access your free guide to Completing the CBAP/CCBA Exam Application, and other valuable BA resources, from RMC and Barbara A. Carkenord
at our Resources Page.

If you are unsure whether your work experience qualifies you to sit for one or either of these IIBA-sponsored exams, be sure to review RMC's complimentary
Business Analysis Work Experience Calculator.

The Examination

The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 150 multiple-choice questions. The allotted time to complete the examination is three and one-half (3.5) hours. The examination is offered around the world at IIBA®-approved testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the IIBA website. The current fees for the examination are as follows:

Applicant Status Application Fee
(US Dollars)
Examination Fee
(US Dollars)
IIBA® Member $125.00 $325.00
IIBA® Non-Member $125.00 $450.00

How to Prepare

Although we do not offer specific training products and classes to prepare for the CBAP® exam at this time, we do have basic recommendations for classes and study for all IIBA® Certifications. Please follow this link to review training options for self-study, classroom training and Internet-based learning.

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