Why Certify?

Why Should you Pursue IIBA Certification?

Get the BA edge

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace, changing the way we do business. In order to reap the benefits, organizations have to continuously adapt to drive IT. Enter Business Analysis (BA): An internationally recognized industry where professionals identify ways to improve business systems, bridging the needs of the business with the use of IT.

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is the industry body that represents and supports the profession globally, maintaining standards of practice. The IIBA is the first association to offer formal international certification to practitioners. To qualify for the Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) award, candidates must successfully demonstrate their expertise by logging their hands-on BA work experience through the CBAP application process, and by passing the IIBA CBAP examination.

“Companies of all sizes everywhere are beginning to see the true value of Business Analysis,” says Joe Orobono, President of the IIBA Zurich Chapter. “Business Analysts have helped to develop the way we live.  It’s because of this ever-growing pool of professionals that we now check-in and bank online.” 

No. 1 in Switzerland

Girish Kulkarni has worked as a BA for nine years and he is the first practitioner in Switzerland to be awarded the CBAP. As a Senior Business Analyst at Cognizant Business Consulting, Girish is currently assigned to multiple projects for Credit Suisse’s online banking system, DirectNet. Girish was a part of the enhanced security team that implemented the automatic text message login initiative. Customers must type in a code received instantly on their mobile phones before being granted access to their account online.

“The CBAP certification process is a milestone in the continuing education of a senior Business Analyst,” says Girish. “It’s the only known certification in Business Analysis that is recognized the world over.”

There are currently just over one thousand CBAP certified professionals globally.

“It’s a credential definitely worth having on your resume, not only because it enhances your professional skills, but it gives you an edge over your competitors.”

Frequently Asked questions

Where is the CBAP certification recognized?


How much time does it take to get the qualification?

It takes approximately 40 hours to prepare for the exam, either on your own or as part of an IIBA study group. You should also allow about four hours to complete the application process as you are required to document 7500 hours of BA experience and obtain two professional references.

How much does it cost to take the CBAP exam?

The CBAP exam costs $456 for IIBA members and $575 for non-members. Some IIBA Chapters also have CBAP prep courses costing around $1200 for four days to help you study for the exam.

How does a company benefit if a BA has the CBAP certification?

• More reliable, higher quality results produced with increased efficiency and consistency by BA professionals who use industry standard BA techniques. 
• Demonstrates to customers, competitors, suppliers, staff and investors that the company uses industry-standard BA practices. 
• Demonstrates commitment to the field of BA, increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project. 
• The regular assessment process will improve staff responsibility, commitment and motivation.

How do I benefit from the CBAP?

• Competence in the principles and practices of BA. 
• Provides individuals with personal satisfaction of accomplishing a milestone in their BA careers. 
• Certification can improve overall performance as the process of achieving and maintaining certification helps ensure that the BA is continually improving and refining his/her skills. 
• Demonstrates knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective senior member of the BA community.

What qualifications are available to junior BAs?

For junior BAs IIBA offers the Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA). 

For more information go to our  Certification Page.