FAQ for Certification and Professional Development

Use this page to find answers to frequently asked questions relating to Professoinal Development and Certification...

Calendar and Events

Is there an events calendar?

The IIBA NZ chapter publish this IIBA NZ calendar of events for across the year including professional development (PD) and CDU credits, social and networking activities.

Joining Events - Use Meetup.com

We use meetup to announce events and track RSVPs. To get an email update each time a new event is announced, and to RSVP please join our meetup groups:

Certification

Following are some FAQs localised for the NZ Chapter, however the IIBA maintains an excellent certification FAQ list of it’s own, which can be found here.

What is Certification?

IIBA has created the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®), a designation awarded to candidates who have successfully demonstrated their expertise in this field. This is done by detailing hands-on work experience in business analysis through the CBAP® application process, and passing the IIBA CBAP® examination. To be eligible to apply for CBAP, you must have at least 7,500 hours of hands-on BA experience. The Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®) is aimed at practitioners with at least 3,750 hours of hands on experience. Both certifications are aligned with the knowledge areas defined in the BABOK® Guide.

Why take the CBAP/CCBA exam?

CBAP or CCBA certification is a public affirmation of your current level of professionalism, and your continued commitment to the BA profession.If you are working in the role of business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting or process improvement, and have an advanced level of knowledge and experience, you will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® / CCBA designation. It demonstrates:

  • Your knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective Business Analyst.
  • A proven level of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis.

How much will taking the CBAP/CCBA exam cost?

The exam costs $325 US for IIBA members, and $450 for non-members. Registration costs $125 US.

Read more about certification and the exam process.

Who runs the CBAP/CCBA exams?

Exam applications are managed centrally by our parent body IIBA. Exams in New Zealand are conducted as online exams (CBT) administered by Prometric, IIBA's testing partner. Test dates and locations are agreed with Prometric.

How do I Get Certified?

  1. Read the CBAP or CCBA Certification Handbook.
  2. Apply and Pay for Certification (USD$125).
  3. Pay for the Exam (USD$325/$450).
  4. Register for the Exam.
  5. Prepare for the Exam (maybe join a CBAP Accelerator Group).
  6. Take the Exam.

How does the CBAP exam differ from that for the CCBA?

Yes, the exams are different. The blueprints for both are in the individual Handbooks.  Here are the links: CCBA® Handbook  or the CBAP® Handbook.  The CCBA exam is primarily knowledge-based, whereas the CBAP exam relies more on analytical questions.

Is there a guide to show me how to complete my CBAP/CCBA application?

There is a set of short videos that take you through each step of the process here. The other key part of your application is to collate your experience hours (see following topic for more details).

Is there a template to collate my experience hours for Certification?

You can use these templates as a guide to setting up your work experience records. Three examples:

  1. Here is also an example from Watermark Learning.
  2. And another example from the BA Coach.
  3. Here is another example. Open the file and then choose file > download to view in Excel.

Professional Development (PD) and Continuing Development Units (CDU)

How do I remember which professional development I have done?

It is a very good idea to keep a record of the date, course detail, PD/CDU type and contact person for each qualifying event. Consider the following tips:

  • Use a spreadsheet or list to keep a record.
  • For an event like BADD, create and categorise a record for each session you attended across the day.
  • Keep emails that confirm you attended.
  • Keep receipts from IIBA webinars confirming you attended.
  • Save your records into a folder on ondrive or google drive so you have a record of your study.

How many PD’s will the IIBA CBAP Accelerator study group provide students?

The intention is that the accelerator group qualifies as PD, but the requirements must be met for each class in order for the PD to survive an audit. Requirements are detailed in the CBAP handbook here.

The accelerator group is run for around 2hrs a week over 12 weeks with a maximum of 1 PD credit per hour.

How many CDU’s will the IIBA CBAP Accelerator study group provide tutors?

Participation as a tutor in the accelerator group qualifies as 10 CDUs category 3C Speaker/Instructor on business analysis at a conference, symposium, workshop, formal course or IIBA chapter meeting. The requirements must be met for each class in order for the PDU to survive an audit. Requirements are detailed in the CBAP handbook here.

How many CDU/PD do I get for BADD?

Professional Development (those not yet certified)

The workshops (on the day and post-conference) count toward Professional Development (PD) hours.

The presentations and keynotes do not as they do not meet the feedback/interaction/assessment requirement.

Continuing Development Units (CDUs) (for re-certification)

The workshops (on the day and post-conference) count toward CDU category 2B. All other sessions (keynotes, presentations) count toward continuing development (category 2D). Please review section 5.2 of the CBAP recertification handbook should you wish to receive further clarity on CDU categories.

Exam Costs

If I don’t live in Auckland, can I claim costs for flights to the exam centre?

A reimbursement policy exists where eligible candidates can claim the cost of their return airfare to Auckland to sit their CBAP/CCBA exam. This is because the exam is currently only available in Auckland.

The reimbursement is available to those residing in the Wellington Region or South Island. Applicants can claim reimbursement for their return flight cost to Auckland, up to a limit of $250.

We request that you first attempt to get your employer to pay. Our reimbursement is a fallback should your employer be unwilling to pay. We need to see the evidence (say an email from employer) that your employer has declined to pick up the flight and transfer costs.

As well as living in a location where you would not normally travel to Auckland to sit the exam (e.g. Wellington, South Island), you will need to:

  1. Be an IIBA member;
  2. Pass the exam;
  3. Provide receipts;
  4. Provide evidence that employer wouldn't cover costs (e.g. email);
  5. Then, once you pass your exam and you submit this information, then IIBA will reimburse to you these costs by cheque.

Register your interest by emailing certification@newzealand.iiba.org.

BABOK

How will BABOK version 3 affect my study plan for Certification?

The exam is currently based on v2.0 of the BABOK Guide (as at November 2015.  The exam is planned to switch to BABOKv3 from 1/9/2016.

Any updates will be posted on the iiba.org website as well as in our monthly newsletter.

Training

As a not-for-profit organisation, neither IIBA NZ nor our parent body IIBA directly provides training classes in addition to the knowledge sharing and networking events that we organise. Instead, IIBA run an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) programme which accredits selected training providers. Here is a list of EEP providers that we are aware of:

If you are an IIBA Endorsed Education Provider offering courses in NZ and not listed above, please let the IIBA know.

For a full list of all Endorsed Education Providers please see the full list on the IIBA International Website.

Another great way to gain PD / CDU credits is to attend the members-only events occurring every second month in Auckland and Wellington. We aim for these events to qualify for PD / CDU credits, but cannot guarantee each meets the IIBA requirements - following your attendance please check the specific criteria in the certification handbook (e.g. CBAP handbook here) for details.