About The CCBA® Examination

CCBA® Certification and Exam Details

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) administers a professional certification to practitioners of business analysis who wish to demonstrate their skills and receive formal recognition of their expertise. This designation is called the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®). Candidates for the CCBA® certification are recognized for the professional investment they have made in their business analysis career and desire to advance in the field.

The CCBA® certification is ideal for professionals working in hybrid business analyst roles performing business analysis in conjunction with an additional professional role such as project manager, system analyst, quality assurance tester, or BA manager.

The CCBA® is similar to the CBAP® designation, however it requires less BA work experience for application and the exam is comprised of mostly knowledge and fact-oriented questions while the CBAP® is comprised of situation-based questions, both derived from the BABOK® Guide. The qualifications, as designated by the IIBA® for the CCBA® exam are as follows:

CCBA® 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 3750 Hours (aligned with BABOK® Guide in the last 7 years) 900 Hours in 2 of 6 KA's or 500 hours in 4 of 6 KA's (included in 3750 Hours of BA Work Experience) 21 Hours in the past 4 years* 2 References from a career manager, client, or CBAP® Recipient 150 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 21 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 "CCBA 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 CCBA® 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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