ECBA or CCBA or CBAP – Which Business Analysis Certification is right for You?

Below are some of the common questions I come across very frequently after IIBA has released the new multi level certification scheme in the second half of 2016;

  • What’s the difference between ECBA, CCBA and CBAP Certification?
  • Which certification should I pursue ECBA, CCBA or CBAP?

  • How do I know which certification is right/suited for me?

  • There are so many certifications I am completely confused which one to pursue?

  • Can you please guide me on which certification should I go for?

The four certification levels are deigned to suit the needs of business analysis professionals at various different levels.

  • Level 1 – ECBA (Entry certificate in business analysis)
  • Level 2 – CCBA (Certification of capability in business analysis)
  • Level 3 – CBAP (Certified business analysis professional)
  • Level 4 –CBATL (Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader)

Primarily aimed at beginners to senior and seasoned business analysis professionals these certifications test the Business Analyst knowledge and skill of professionals at varied levels.

Here’s a snapshot of the various certifications presented in a high level comparative manner:

IIBA Certification Schemes Overview

I sincerely hope this will help you in giving a good snap shot of the IIBA multi level certifications overview.

Using this information you can decide what would be the right certification for you.

In case you are a business analyst with 5/6+ years of business analysis experience and thinking of CBAP then take a look at this post on how to prepare for CBAP and CBAP on BABoKV3.

In case you are a mid level business analyst with 3+ years of business analysis experience then CCBA may be the right certification for you.

If you are a beginner business analyst with no or 1+ year of business analysis experience then ECBA may be the right certification for you, then take a look at this Chicken and Egg, Certification or experience in Business Analysis and also this beautiful video on Introduction to ECBA certification

Take a look at  the sample learning video on BA planning approach from the collection of 95+ leaning videos as part of our BABoK V3 study content.