IIBA Competency Framework

Ever since the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) announced a new multi-level, competency-based certification framework, there have been a lot of questions as to the differences between the levels. The IIBA designed the levels to allow BA professionals to demonstrate their ability to perform and to prove they can apply their experience in a given situation. The program includes four levels of credentials, three of which involve a written examination process. So, which one is right for you?

The four levels of credentials follow a BA’s career path and are meant to be a guide, but you do not need to complete them in order. For example, if you already have the experience and requirements of a CBAP®, you do not need to complete the ECBA® or CCBA® first.

The table briefly explains the purpose of each credential.

Exam Formats

The ECBA exam is strictly knowledge-and-recall that requires candidates to understand basic business analysis. The CCBA exam contains some scenarios, and more knowledge-and recall-oriented questions that require candidates to apply their knowledge of tasks and techniques in the BABoK. The CBAP exam has many case-study and scenario-based questions. Applicants are required to draw upon their experience and apply it to analysing situations and synthesising information. The CBATL does not have an exam and no details have been released as of the time this blog was published.

The table further details the target audience, requirements, and assessment for levels 1-3 of IIBA.

What to study?

Now that you know what certification is right for you, you may be wondering what to study for towards your particular exam. The table details the exam blueprints for levels 1-3. These blueprints are guidelines giving the percentages of knowledge areas represented on each of the exams. Take the exam blueprints seriously. They help you focus your study, and knowing them is part of a good preparation plan. For example, the CCBA exam only has 6% of its questions on Solution Evaluation. You won’t need to study that chapter of the BABOK Guide as much as Requirements Analysis and Design Definition. The latter, along with its associated techniques, represents nearly one third of the questions you will see on your exam and deserves extensive study.