CCBA VS CBAP

A business analyst is responsible for transforming the company's activities into profitable projects by providing complete support to the relevant team. The importance of the business analyst has grown rapidly in the last few years; today, it is imperative to have competitive business analysts to carry out projects. As competition increased, the business analyst's role became specialized. Certification in Business Analytics helps you grow your career in almost every industry. It is proof of your competence in the area. It assists the organization in ensuring that its business analysts are appropriately qualified in the business analysis process. IIBA is the leading provider of business analytics certifications. IIBA (International Institute for Business Analysis) provides both CCBA and CBAP certifications. Through this blog, let us know more about CCBA and CBAP and how they differ.

What is CCBA?

CCBA stands for Certificate of Capability in Business Analysis. It is a certification awarded by IIBA for mid-level business analysis professionals. It is one of the most reputable certifications all over the world. A person can qualify for the CCBA examination if they are able to contribute a minimum work experience of 3750 hours with the BABOK Guide. Another requirement is a minimum of 500 hours in four of the six knowledge areas or 900 hours in two of the six knowledge areas.

What is CBAP?

CBAP stands for Certified Business Analysis Professional. It is a certification awarded by IIBA for senior-level business analysis professionals. It is the best-recognized certification for business analysts. A person can apply for the CBAP examination if they have more experience than the requirement of CCBA. In addition to the BABOK guide, BA work experience of a minimum of 7500 hours is needed over the past ten years. The candidate must be capable of documenting 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas.

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Difference between CCBA & CBAP certification

CCBA: 

Certification Body: IIBA
Aimed at: Mid-level Business Analysis Professionals
Curriculum: BABoK 3.0
Work Experience: At least 3,750 hours of BA work experience aligned to the BABOK guide during the past seven years.
Knowledge Area Expertise: At least 900 hours within each of 2 of the six knowledge areas or at least 500 hours within each of the 4 of the six knowledge areas.
Professional development Training Hours: At least 21 hours of Professional development training over the last four years.
Reference required: Two references from a customer, career manager or CBAP recipient.
Exam Mode: Online
Exam fees:
Application Fee: $125
Certification Fee: $325 for members
            $450 for non-members

Exam Duration: 3 hours
Questions Pattern: Scenario-based Multiple choice questions
No. of Questions: 130
Difficulty level: Medium
In order to answer the questions, the candidate must do some analysis.

Brand value: Medium
Focuses on:
Elicitation and Collaboration – 20%
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 32%
Strategy Analysis – 12%
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 12%
Requirements Life Cycle Management – 18%
Solution Evaluation – 6%

CBAP:

Certification Body: IIBA
Aimed at: Senior-level Business Analysis Professionals
Curriculum: BABoK 3.0
Work Experience: At least 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned to the BABOK guide during the past ten years.
Knowledge Area Expertise: At least 900 hours within each of 4 of the six knowledge areas.
Professional development Training Hours: At least 35 hours of Professional development training over the last four years.
Reference required: Two references from a customer, career manager or CBAP recipient.
Exam Mode: Online
Exam fees:
Application Fee: $125
Certification Fee: $325 for members
                         $450 for non-members

Exam Duration: 3.5 hours
Questions Pattern: Multiple choice questions related to the case.
No. of Questions: 120
Difficulty level: High
In order to answer the questions, the candidate must perform a good analysis.

Brand value: High
Organizations recognize this certification in their framework of competence.

Focuses on:
Elicitation and Collaboration – 12%
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition – 30%
Strategy Analysis – 15%
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring – 14%
Requirements Life Cycle Management – 15%
Solution Evaluation – 14%

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Why do the Organizations hire CCBA or CBAP professionals?

CCBA or CBAP professionals offer a number of benefits to the organization. 

  • CCBA and CBAP provide opportunities for staff to advance, grow their careers and gain recognition.
  • The candidate is recognized for their skills and knowledge. They ensure that suppliers, customers, staff, investors, and competitors comply with the industry standard.
  • They provide assurance to stakeholders that the company is operating effectively.
  • They use industry-based standardized Business Analytics techniques to achieve better outcomes which increase efficiency and consistency and are more reliable.
  • The calculation process will help to improve staff responsibility, commitments, and motivation.
  • The implementation and development of business analysis practices are conducted in accordance with the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) guidelines.
  • Customers and business partners receive recognition from professional business analysts.

How to choose between CCBA and CBAP?

While CCBA and CBAP certifications are related to business analysis, there is a significant difference between the two.

Both exams have a different focus. The CBAP exam consists of situation-based questions which ask the candidate to apply the knowledge they have acquired from BABOK. At the same time, the CCBA exam contains mostly factual and knowledge questions about techniques and tasks in BABOK. But CBAP study material can be used for preparing for the CCBA exam. If your experience matches with the CBAP, then proceeding with CBAP is the better choice than CCBA. If you cannot acquire the same experience as the CBAP, consider CCBA as a temporary certification that you can still be successful in leveraging your skills and broadening your experience in business analysis and Work towards CABP eligibility prior to the recertification period.

The CBAP is more challenging to attain than the CCBA; consequently, CBAP is more prestigious.

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Conclusion: 

As business analysis is an essential element of any organization determining business needs, a professional business analyst is a must. Because of this, there is a high demand for highly qualified and expert analysts. Appearing for examinations like CCBA, CBAP makes it easy to prove your skills and enhance your profile to be selected from a reputable company. Based on the knowledge acquired during the certification course, the candidate could shape their future and lead the organization to heights. So choose a certification that's right for you.

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