CBAP Certification

All about CBAP Certification

What and Why of CBAP®

CBAP® stands for Certified Business Analysis Professional, the 3rd level certification provided by International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), Canada (www.IIBA® .org).

Currently CBAP is the highest level certification available from IIBA.

Following are some of the benefits of becoming a CBAP® :

  • Be recognized for your competency in business analysis.
  • BA is the fastest growing career opportunity for IT professionals.
  • People with domain experience can move into IT sector by becoming a business analyst.
  • Better job prospects.
  • Better salary.

Target Audience for CBAP®

 CBAP examination targets the following audience:

  • Current CCBAs
  • Seasoned BAs
  • BA Consultants
  • Trainers

Eligibility for CBAP®

  • Minimum 7500 hours of Business analysis-related work in the last 10
  • Professional development: 35 hours of verifiable BABOK® coursework in the last 4 years. Adaptive Processes is an authorized EEP of IIBA®, its trainings provide desired PDUs for the CBAP® certification examination.
  • References: Two references from a career manager, client (internal or external) or CBAP®.
  • Minimum 900 hours in each of the 4 knowledge areas.
  • Signed code of conduct is required.

CBAP® Question pattern 

  • This will be a scenario and case study based examination.
  • Longer cases (1-1.5 pages) of information
  • Multiple questions about the case
  • Multiple choice answers
  • 120 questions
  • 3.5 hours

Certification process

  • Take an approved training from an endorsed EEP. Adaptive US is a premier education partner to IIBA.
  • Become an IIBA® member at IIBA® .org.
  • Benefits include free, unlimited access to the BABOK® and 300+ online books, local, national and international networking opportunities and ability to influence the growth and direction of the BA profession.
  • Take required training from an IIBA® EEP, such as Adaptive US (
  • Download BABOK® and start reading.
  • Join a study group, or start one.
  • Begin preparing for the application.

Additional Information

  • Application expires within 1 year from approval
  • 3 exams can be taken within a year without any waiting time in between

Preparing the application

  • Begin the application at least 2 weeks before you plan to apply.
  • It can take anywhere from 6-10 hours to complete.
  • Download and use Adaptive BA experience calculator.
  • Apply within 6 months of when you plan to write.