CBAP Certification

Eligibility | Certification Cost | Syllabus


Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) is an IIBA, Canada certification for experienced business analysts. The certification is possibly the gold standard for business analysts.

Key aspects of this certification are as follows:

  • One of the most recognized certifications worldwide
  • Only experienced business analysts can appear for this exam
  • Enables you to learn best practices and formal business analysis skills

Having CBAP certification under your belt, your professional career gets a boost for good. However, clearing this certification requires a thorough and structured planning approach with lots of practice with mock questions.

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CBAP certification eligibility

The eligibility criteria for the CBAP Certification examination are as follows:

  • Complete a minimum of 7,500 hours of Business Analysis Work Experience in the last 10 years.
  • Within this experience, a minimum of 900 hours was completed in 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas, for a total of at least 3,600 of the required 7,500 total.
  • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last 4 years.
  • Provide two references.
  • Agree to Code of Conduct.
  • Agree to Terms and Conditions.
  • Pass the exam.


CBAP Certification cost comprises of two parts – the membership fees and the application/exam fees. The membership fees depends on your country of residence.
The certification fees details for CBAP are provided in the table below:

  Region I Region II Region III
Membership fees
Application Fees
Exam Fees (Members)
Exam Fees (Non-members)

Region I Countries: USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates& more..

Region II Countries: Singapore, Taiwan, South Africa & more…

Region III Countries: India, Argentina, Pakistan & More..

To check yourspecific country's membership fees,visit IIBA membership page

As an Example, Total cost for CBAP certification for region I aspirant (United States of America) is:

  • Membership fees – USD 125, Application fees USD 125 and the exam fees is USD 325 resulting in a total fees of USD 575.

As an Example, Total cost for CBAP certification for region III aspirant (India) is:

  • Membership fees – USD 55, Application fees USD 125 and the exam fees is USD 325 resulting in a total fees of USD 505.


The CBAP certification examination is based on Business analysis body of knowledge (BABOK) guide. The BABOK guide is structured into knowledge areas, Techniques, perspectives and competencies.
The weightage of the knowledge areas is provided below:

Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring
Elicitation & Collaboration
Requirements Life Cycle Management
Strategy Analysis
Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
Solution Evaluation


CBAP Certification exam is a multiple choice questions based exam. The questions are designed to test your ability to apply the BABOK concepts and framework.
There is a mix of scenario and case study based questions. The empirical data suggests that the case study based questions could be anywhere between 20%-35%.
The case studies are large (one or two pages) and multiple questions are based on the case studies

  • There are 120 MCQs
  • Duration of the exam is 210 minutes (3.5 hours)
  • Each question will have four options
  • Every question will have one correct answer
  • There are no negative marking

To try the types of questions, you may get in the CBAP exam, check out CBAP Exam Questions.

CBAP Certification Preparation

You can join a training course from any IIBA Endorsed education provider(EEP) to get 35-hrs of PDs to become eligible for the exam. Techcanvass is an IIBA EEP and provides CBAP certification training as Live online training as well as On-demand training.

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CBAP Certification and Course FAQ

Do I need to be CCBA Certified before I can go for CBAP certification?

No, there is no such requirement. You need to meet the CBAP eligibility criteria. The details are provided in answer to the next question.

What are these two references? Who can I provide as references?

You need two references as one of the eligibility criteria. These references could either be a career manager, a client (internal or external), or CBAP® recipient. IIBA will only ask for an endorsement from your references if your application is selected for a random audit.
These references must meet the following conditions:

  • • At least one of the references must be a current contact.
  • • All references must have known the applicant for at least six months.
  • • IIBA defines a career manager as the person who is responsible for providing and preparing the applicant's annual performance review.
  • • Project managers cannot be references unless they are also the applicant's career manager. The reference form must indicate they fill both roles, or the reference will not qualify.

What is the CBAP exam format?

As per IIBA website, The CBAP® exam is 3.5 hours long and consists of 120 multiple choice questions. The questions are case study-based (i.e. longer cases (1-1.5 pages) of information) with multiple questions about the case.

Where can I take the CBAP Certification exam?

CBAP exam can be taken online from Jan 2020. Now, you don't need to go to any test centres to take the examination. The exams are online proctored exam and can be taken from home. You need to have a personal computer with Internet connectivity, a camera, and an unobstructed sitting area. Check IIBA.ORG for more details.

How can I try some sample questions and understand the type of questions asked in the actual exam?

You can try these questions based on the actual exam pattern. You can try sample CBAP exam questions as well as these CBAP sample questions.

What kind of questions are asked in the CBAP examination?

The certification exam comprises of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) with only one correct answer. All the questions are scenario or case study based.
It's highly unlikely that there will be any recall-based questions. Some of the questions are case study based. The case study maybe 1 page long, and 3 to 5 questions will be based on the case study.
You need to have a good grasp of the BABOK concepts and be able to apply these concepts to be able to clear the exam and earn CBAP.

What is the validity of CBAP certification? Does it expire? When do I need to re-certify?

The CBAP certification is valid for three years. You need to get certified every three years. There is a need to appear for the examination, but you need to collect and earn 60 CDUs to earn the certification every three years. You can get more information, visit our CBAP recertification

What is the CBAP eligibility criteria? Am I eligible for CBAP?

The primary criterion for being eligible for CBAP is the business analysis experience. However, IIBA does not mandate that you need to have the Business analyst designation. You can be doing business analysis activities in any capacity and can still meet the CBAP eligibility criteria.

  • • Complete a minimum of 7,500 hours of Business Analysis Work experience in the last ten years.
  • • Within this experience, a minimum of 900 hours completed in 4 of the 6 BABOK® Guide Knowledge Areas, for a total of at least 3,600 of the required 7,500 total.
  • • Complete a minimum of 35 hours of Professional Development in the last four years.
  • • Provide two references.

How do I earn 35-hours of professional development (PDs)?

You can earn the 35 PD hrs by attending a course from an IIBA Endorsed education provider (EEP) like Techcanvass. The course could be attended online, in the classrooms, or in self-learning mode.

What is the CBAP certification fees?

The CBAP certification fees comprise of three parts – membership fees, application fees and exam fees. So, the total fees for CBAP varies from $505 to $575. The variation in the fees is because of the membership fees which depends on your country of residence.
You can find a more detailed explanation on our Certification cost page.

What is the validity of these 35 PDs? Do I need to use them immediately?

These PDs are valid for four years from the date of completion of course or work, which earned you these 35 hours. IIBA will ask for the completion date from you, which you can get from the Training Academy from where you completed this course.

From CBAP examination perspective, which of the chapters are most important?

The CBAP exam questions are almost evenly distributed across the knowledge areas. As per IIBA website, the number of questions from each chapter would be as per the following distribution:

Business analysis planning and monitoring 14%
Elicitation and collaboration 12%
Requirements life cycle management 15%
Strategy analysis 15%
Requirements analysis and design definition 30%
Solution evaluation 14%

What happens if I fail in the exam? What if I don’t clear the exam?

You can retake the exam at the cost of $250. But make sure that you prepare well for the exam so that you don't waste your money.

CBAP/CCBA Preparation Resources

A selection of Top CBAP and CCBA Certification preparation resources, which includes Videos and Blog articles.
You can find more or such resources at our Business Analyst Blog and our Youtube Channel

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