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IIBA Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP)

Exam Details:

Examination Type

A closed book multiple-choice examination. The examination is 3.5 hours long and includes 150 questions.

Pass Mark

Cut scores (pass marks) are developed using psychometric procedures lead by a certification testing organisation. After each examination the cut score is calculated based on the cumulative performance of test items and adjusted as needed. The IIBA® Certification Body will not publicly reveal the cut score or the pass rate for any exam, although these will be monitored to ensure the effectiveness of the exam.

Syllabus Summary

The candidate must complete and submit a CBAP application form. If the application is approved (see pre-requisites below) then the candidate is eligible to sit the examination. The candidate has one (1) year from the date of application approval and exam eligibility email to successfully pass the exam.


The candidate must meet the following five requirements:

1. Work Experience Requirement

7,500 hours (i.e., five (5) years) business analysis work experience in the last ten (10) years engaged in tasks specifically related to the knowledge areas as defined within the BABOK®. The ten (10) year timeframe is based on the application date.

2. Knowledge Areas Requirement

Demonstrated experience and expertise (i.e., a minimum of 900 hours (i.e., 6 months) of business analysis work experience engaged in tasks specifically related to the knowledge areas as defined within the BABOK®) in at least four of the six knowledge areas.

3. Education Requirement

The minimum education requirement is high school or equivalent. Note: there will be no reduction in work experience for post secondary education.

4. Professional Development Requirement

21 hours of professional development in the last four years. The professional development content must be directly related to business analysis or its underlying fundamentals and must be completed by the application date.

5. Reference Requirement

Two references from a career manager, client (internal or external) or Certified Business Analysis Professional are required. These references must indicate that you are a suitable candidate for the CBAP® certification.


Our courses in Requirements Engineering and Modelling Business Processes count towards the professional development requirement.

This examination can also be taken directly. 

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