How to Study for the PMI-PBA® Exam

Exploring Your PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® Prep Options

As you have no doubt heard, The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has recently answered the growing importance of business analysis in project management with a new credential—the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)®. The goal of this new designation is to recognize 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. Ideal candidates for this designation include practitioners responsible for stakeholders, people in charge of project or organizational requirements, and those who apply business analysis tools and techniques to enable project success.

PMI conducted a pilot program for this new certification and has now released the revised or final certification. Those who participate in this program will be required to meet a number of defined criteria, as well as spend 35 hours in PMI-approved business analysis-related training programs and pass a 200 question examination. Instructions for completing the latter two requirements (the Training Hours and the Examination) are outlined below.

Also, because this new designation is evolving quickly, we encourage you to bookmark this page and check back often.

Step #1: Earning the 35 Contact Hours for Your Exam Application

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 live online course will improve your business analysis skills, allow you to gain an understanding of crucial exam-related concepts, and decrease your after-class study time for the PMI-PBA® exam significantly. At the conclusion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the knowledge and experience requirements for passing the PMI-PBA® certification exam.
  • Have a firm grasp of key project management and business analysis terminology used on the exam.
  • Know the areas on the PMI-PBA® exam that are the most difficult to answer correctly.
  • Find and fill personal gaps in business analysis knowledge and experience.
  • Develop and execute a personalized study plan for preparing for the exam.

Click Here to Learn More and Reserve Your Seat.

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

This exclusive bundle of eLearning 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

Click Here to Learn More and Take Free Sample Lessons.

Step #2: Studying for the Exam Itself

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.

Self Study Product Overview

Can I Self-Study for the PMI-PBA® Exam and Expect to Pass?

RMC's self-study products have helped thousands of people self-study for certification exams each year. Although this mode of study takes the most discipline, self-study using books, software and flash cards is also the least expensive way to prepare for the PMI-PBA® exam.

If you have the discipline to manage your own studies and create your own study plan, RMC's complete line of self-study products is a great alternative.

PMI-PBA® Exam Prep, Premier Edition
By Barbara A. Carkenord

Written by Barbara A. Carkenord, Director of Business Analysis at RMC Learning Solutions, PMI-PBA® Exam Prep, Premier Edition is specifically written for people who plan to sit for the PMI-PBA® examination. Features of this authoritative resource include the following:

  • 120 review questions and exam tips.
  • Over 100 visuals and graphics for concept explanation.
  • Activities and case study exercises.
  • A focus on Real-World Business Analysis.
  • BA tasks, tools and techiniques—What you REALLY need to know.

BA FASTrack™ for the PMI-PBA® Exam
Published by RMC Publications, Inc.

How good would it feel to know you will pass the new PMI Professional in Business Analysis Certification (PMI-PBA)® Exam BEFORE you take it? BA FASTrack™ for the PMI-PBA® Exam is an exam simulation software program containing 700+ questions and three testing modes—PMI-PBA® Simulation, Domain and Keyword—allowing you to create an unlimited number of different exams and eliminate any surprises. The application also:

  • Tracks your progress with printable reports and graphs
  • Provides comprehensive explanations of answers
  • Helps you gain confidence and fill your gaps
  • Decreases your study time
  • Includes FREE real-time database updates
  • Offers questions in all five exam domains: Needs Assessment, Planning, Analysis, Traceability and Monitoring, and Evaluation

Order now and get the most comprehensive PMI-PBA® exam simulation product available, from the worldwide leader in exam simulation products—and save 20%!


Hot Topics PMI-PBA® Exam Flashcards
Developed by Barbara A. Carkenord

If you are looking for a way to prepare for the PMI-PBA® exam that fits into your busy schedule, these convenient flashcards are it. Now you can study at the office, on a plane, or on the go with these portable and extremely valuable Hot Topics PMI-PBA® Exam Flashcards.

Featuring over 300 of the most important and difficult to recall PMI-PBA® exam-related terms and concepts, these flashcards are available for immediate shipping. Now you can study for the new PMI-PBA® exam anywhere, with our portable flashcards in Flip Book or Audio CD format—your choice.


PMI-PBA® Exam Prep System
Published by RMC Publications, Inc.

The PMI-PBA® Exam Prep System includes one each of all three products listed above—a PMI-PBA® exam prep textbook, a copy of PM FASTrack Exam Simulation Software (CD-ROM or Downloadable), and one copy of Hot Topics Flashcards. Order all three in this system bundle and save!

Live Online Course Overview

I Need a Class, But Can't Travel. What Are My Options?

If you are looking for a comprehensive PMI-PBA® exam preparation class but cannot afford to travel, our PMI-PBA® Live Online course could be the key to a passing score. The Live Online course is delivered at a scheduled time with a live instructor, typically once or twice per quarter.

PMI-PBA® Exam Prep—Instructor-Led Virtual

This course is designed to help you prepare for the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® examination, offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Developed by BA training industry founder Barbara A. Carkenord, this course will improve your business analysis skills, help you gain an understanding of exam concepts, and significantly decrease your after-class study time.

The focus of this course will be to map each student's personal business analysis experience with the exam situations presented in class, with the goal of significantly increasing each student's exam score. Unique features of this course include exercises, case studies, study tips, and other tools to help you understand—not just memorize—the concepts necessary to pass the exam. This course includes the complete PMI-PBA® Exam Prep System, a $299 value, for free as part of course materials. This Exam Prep System contains one of each of three products—a PMI-PBA® Exam Prep textbook, a copy of BA FASTrack® Exam Simulation Software and one copy of Hot Topics Flashcards.

Classroom Training Overview

Is it Possible to Prepare for the Exam in a Very Tight Timeline?

Delivered multiple times per year in most major metro areas, RMC's classroom training courses for the PMI-PBA® exam will help project managers earn the highly desirable PMI-PBA® certification, and pass the exam on their first try.

PMI-PBA® Exam Prep Course
(3 days)

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This course is designed to help you prepare for the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® examination, offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Developed by BA training industry founder Barbara A. Carkenord, this course will improve your business analysis skills, help you gain an understanding of exam concepts, and significantly decrease your after-class study time. The entire PMI-PBA® Exam Prep System (book, exam simulator and flashcards—a $299 value) is also included for free as part of the course materials as well as other BA study resources.

Fee: $1,400
Duration: 3 Days – 8am-4pm
Contact Hours: 21

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