Prepare for the PMI-PBA® Exam

 
If you plan to sit for the new PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® certification exam, RMC now offers two training options to help you prepare! Click the links below to learn more about each.

Option 1: Instructor-Led Online Training—Participate From Anywhere

Developed by BA training industry founder, Barbara A. Carkenord, this course will improve your business analysis skills, gain understanding of crucial exam-related concepts, and decrease your after-class study time. Course features include:
 

  • Practice Exam Software and Hot Topic Flashcards
  • Develop and Execute a Personalized Study Plan
  • Earn 18 Hours for Your Exam Application
  • Pass the Exam on Your First Try

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Option 2: Self-Directed eLearning Bundle—Learn at Your Own Pace

This exclusive bundle of e-Learning courses will satisfy 100% of the 35-hour training requirement for your application, and friends of RMC save almost $350! Courses included:
 

  • Business Analysis Fundamentals
  • BA: A Critical Role on Projects
  • Improving Project Communication
  • Managing Small Projects

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About the PMI-PBA® Examination

PMI-PBA® Certification and Exam Details

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has answered the growing importance of business analysis in project management with a new credential, the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®. This designation recognizes expertise in business analysis, used as a technique for uncovering business needs, managing requirements, and creating effective solutions to business problems in order to improve the overall success of projects.

The PMI-PBA® certification requires a combined understanding of business analysis principles, practices, tools and techniques, as well as experience working on projects. This allows credential holders to exemplify a high level of professional credibility. Ideal candidates include practitioners responsible for stakeholders, are in charge of project and/or organizational requirements (including discovery and analysis), or who apply business analysis tools and techniques to enable project success.

To be eligible for the PMI-PBA® credential, applicants must meet the following qualifications, as designated by The Project Management Institute:

PMI-PBA® Certification Criteria

Educational Background BA Experience General Project Experience Training in Business Analysis Number of Questions Exam Length Credential Maintenance & Expiration
Secondary Degree (High School, Associated Degree or Global Equivalent) 7,500 hours (5 years) working as a practitioner of business analysis, earned in the last 8 years. *2,000 hours working on project teams, inclusive of the 7,500 hours of business analysis experience listed. Any business analysis experience that occurred within the context of a project can be included, if earned in the last 8 years. 35 Contact Hours, must have been earned in business analysis practices. 200 (175 scored, 25 not scored) 4 hours Every 3 years you must earn and report 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs), expires if not renewed
Bachelor's Degree or higher degree (or Global Equivalent) 4,500 hours (3 years) working as a practitioner of business analysis, earned in the last 8 years. *2,000 hours working on project teams, inclusive of the 4,500 hours of business analysis experience listed. Any business analysis experience that occurred within the context of a project can be included, if earned in the last 8 years.

* Note: Project managers who currently hold a PMP or PgMP credential may ignore the "General Project Experience" requirements outlined above, as PMI has determined active PMP or PgMP credential holders have already fulfilled them.

Applying for the Exam

More information on applying for the exam is available on the PMI website (www.PMI.org). Click the "Certification" tab on the main menu of the homepage, then choose "PMI-PBA Designation" in the quick links section. PMI is currently accepting applicants for the program.

The Examination

The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions, with 175 of those questions scored and 25 considered pre-test questions which do not affect your score. These questions are randomly placed throughout the exam. The allotted time to complete the examination is four (4) hours. The examination is offered around the world at PMI®-approved testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the PMI website. The current fees for the computer-based examination are as follows:

Applicant Status Examination Fee
(US Dollars)
PMI® Member $405.00
PMI® Non-Member $555.00

How to Prepare

The PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) examination was not written according to any single text or reference. PMI has compiled a "Recommended Reading List" for those participating in this certification program. Click here to learn more and view the official recommended reading list for the PMI-PBA.

To compliment this reading list, RMC has created a 700+ question practice exam simulator, and a comprehensive set of 300+ flashcards, both designed specifically to help you prepare for the PMI-PBA® Exam. Click here to learn more about the BA FASTrack™ for the PMI-PBA® Exam and Hot Topics PMI-PBA® Exam Flashcards.

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