Certified Business Analysis Professional or CBAP is a professional certification program on business analysis. This program is ideal for professionals who have extensive business knowledge and have years of experience in the practical business world. Today, CBAP is one of the most respected designations for business professionals.  In fact, the certification program gained huge recognition since it was first introduced in the year 2006. Today, there are 1000+ professionals from 30+ countries with CBAP designation. This figure declares two facts – the fast growing demand of CBAP among professionals and the certification gaining recognition globally.

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Who is a CBAP?

A Certified Business Analysis Professional is one who has achieved the CBAP designation, awarded by the reputed IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis) by qualifying in the CBAP exam. CBAP designation holders have years of experience in business analysis and are experts in identifying business needs of an organization. They suggest the best business solutions for organizations to bring in the maximum benefits. Business analysis and Systems analysis are the most common and best suited candidates for CBAP certification program.

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What are the benefits of CBAP certification?

1.A globally reputed certification from IIBA
2.Member of a reputed professional group
3.Understanding of the principles and practices of business analysis
4.Definite career path with specialized knowledge on technology industry
5.Better job roles in organizations 

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CBAP earns more salary

Companies have hired more CBAP recipients in the recent years owing to their skill sets and expertise in business analysis. Also a CBAP designation holder earns more salary than non-credential business analyst. Thus, with a CBAP designation, you earn better job opportunity, better income and global recognition. According to Indeed.com, a CBAP earns an average salary of $90,000 every year.

How do I become a CBAP?

To become a Certified Business Analysis Professional, you need to qualify in the CBAP exam governed by IIBA. It is a three and half hour exam including 150 questions based on BABOK Guide (A Guide to Business Analysis Body of Knowledge). CBAP exam is offered in written as well as electronic mode. However, before attending the CBAP exam, you need to fulfill the eligibility criterion defined by IIBA for attending CBAP exam.

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Eligibility for CBAP

- At least 7500 hours of work experience in business analysis in last 10 years
- Work experience aligned with BABOK Guide
- At least 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
- 21 hours of professional development units in the last 4 years
- Two references from a career manager, colleague, client or CBAP recipient

After going through the article, now you have enough reasons to become a CBAP designation holder. If you are starting, you can learn the basics of CBAP, or if you have the relevant experience and are looking forward to building a definite career path in business analysis, CBAP can be an ideal choice. Take your business analysis skills and career to an advanced level with an IIBA CBAP designation. For certification, you can opt for Simplilearn’s CBAP Certification Training. If you wish to scale up even further, you must enroll in Simplilearn's world-class Professional Certificate Program In Business Analysis that will help you learn ways to tackle business complexities and problems using in-demand tools and techniques. Explore and enroll today!

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