One of the big changes that have come with the International Institute of Business Analysis' release of BABOK Version 3 is the introduction of 4 levels of BA certifications that BAs may pursue based on their competencies. They are:
Entry Certificate in Business Analysis: Level 1
This certificate recognises individuals entering the field of business analysis and is suitable for BAs with little or no hands-on experience, for example, students, graduates and professionals looking for a new career. If you have little or no BA experience and would like to get certified, this certificate provides an ideal starting point. You only need a minimum of 21 hours of professional development within the last 4 years to get started. More information on this is available on the IIBA website.
Certification of Capability in Business Analysis: Level 2
This certification recognises BA professionals who have between 2-3 years of experience in business analysis. Professionals who currently have a CCBA certification are mapped to this level. More information on this is available on the IIBA website.
Certified Business Analysis Professional: Level 3
This is for those with extensive business analysis experience and current CBAP holders are mapped to this level. More information is available on the IIBA website.
Certified Business Analysis Thought Leader: Level 4
This certification is targeted at BAs with lots of industry experience who have many years of experience and whose ideas shape the industry. They advance the BA profession and give back to the community. They also contribute to the evolution of the BA practice.
With this new certification from IIBA, competencies of the BA are measured at each given level, with each one representing the level of maturity of the BA’s career.
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