There has been a lot of discussion around the two certifications.  Finding which one is best depands a lot on where you want to go with your career and the perspective of the business analysts role within the enterprise.  Below is a comparison of the business analysis certifications. 




What is the philosophy of the certification body?

Business Analysis supports project management and is project based.

Business Analysis support the organization and is enterprise wide.

How is the role of the Business Analyst viewed?

More tactical in nature.  Business Analysis starts after the project manager is assigned and supports the project planning activities.

BA reviews and refines the existing business case or meet with stakeholders to understand their needs.

Business needs assessment is very limited and is contained within the requirements analysis area.

More strategic and organizational based.  Business Analysts start before the project manager is assigned on defining the project. 

Business Analyst proactively determines the business needs, current capabilities, and defines the business case before the project charter is created.

BABOK® Guide gives the business analysts a role in identifying the best possible techniques, activities, and approach to the entire business analysis effort.

Where is your career headed?

Project based roles that are more contributor based.

Enterprise or organizational roles, business leadership, senior business analysts, and business analysis consulting

How well is the certification viewed by employers?

New to the market and not widely recognized as the standard

Been in the market place for 10 years and globally viewed as the standard

What are the certification qualifications?

4,500 hours experience with Bachelors college degree or 7,500 hours without a degree

2,000 hours working on project teams within the past eight consecutive years.

35 business analysis education (contact hours).

7,500 hours of experience

Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas

Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years

Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) recipient

Signed Code of Conduct




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