Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) Certification with Guruface

The Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) designation is a professional certification from International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), for individuals with extensive business analysis experience.  Anyone looking to validate and quantify their Business Analyst experience may be interested in pursuing the CBAP credential with Guruface.    What does a Business Analyst actually do?  A business analyst’s daily job duties can vary greatly, depending on the nature of the current organization and project. However, there are some activities that the business analyst will commonly do in the course of every project. They include:

  • investigating goals and issues
  • analyzing information
  • communicating with a wide variety of people
  • documenting findings
  • evaluating solutions

For a given project, the business analyst will usually try to define and oversee a series of carefully structured tasks aimed at achieving the general goals of analysis, synthesis, planning, and evaluation. Of course, these tasks are bound to require a flexible approach matching the circumstances.  The CBAP certification requires professionals to demonstrate approximately six years of practitioner experience in the Business Analysis function.  For obtaining CBAP, a candidate has to fulfill the following prerequisites:

  • Minimum 7500 hours (5 years) of BA work experience aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Book of  Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) in the last 10 years
  • Minimum 900 hours (6 months) 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

Certifications provide can serve to lift your profile with clients, potential employers, proposal reviewers, industry peers, etc. with an assumed baseline of a person’s experience and expertise.  CBAP® recipients are identified as the senior members of the Business Analyst profession, and organizations have begun to compensate them as such.

According to Payscale the Average Salary for

Certification: Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)


Job Title National Salary Data
Business Analyst, IT 77 salaries $56,873 – $107,733
Sr. Business Analyst (Computer Software/Hardware/Systems) 41 salaries $68,172 – $120,894
Business Systems Analyst 28 salaries $49,807 – $93,837


With Business Insider the average salary nationally for a CBAP certification holder is $106,933.  The CBAP® designation has been around for  10 years.  The overall first time pass rate of those taking the CBAP is between 80% and 90%. Note that is not an official number, just our best guess.  It is high partly because the IIBA® screens applications so well and demands so many years of experience. It is also high because examinees so far have been super-prepared to pass.   Guruface will be offering online courses in CBAP certification, contact us to learn more about this offering.

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