Business analyst online certification

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Business analyst online certification
Business Analyst Certification is the new standard for business analysts. (business man image by peter Hires Images from

Business analysts are business problem solvers. They review and analyse current business processes and procedures in an effort to significantly improve productivity and profit. The business analyst certification program prepares and/or certifies that individuals and professionals representing themselves as business analysts have acquired the "body of knowledge" necessary to call themselves business analysts.


According to the International Institute of Business Analyst (IIBA), the term business analyst can be applied to professionals in a wide variety of roles: business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting, process improvement and more. Each of these professional roles are involved in analysing and evaluating corporate operational processes in a particular area of expertise and recommending solutions designed to improve efficiency, productivity and profits.


The need to get certified is tied to the formation of the International Institute of Business Analyst (IIBA). IIBA was formed to serve as a professional authority to the world of business analyst. Its objective was to establish academic and professional standards that will characterise the business analyst profession. These standards are embodied in what IIBA refers to as the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge, or BABOK. Business analysts who are certified according to the BABOK standard can proudly represent their professions.

Certification Requirements

According to the, professionals interested in certification through IIBA must have at least five years of business analysis work experience and they must demonstrate this experience through the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) application process. The CBAP process is wrapped around the BABOK "body of knowledge" standard to the point where successful completion of the CBAP process demonstrates understanding and experience in the BABOK.

Online Certification

Several universities and private online institutions offer certification program that meet the requirements established by the IIBA. In addition, IIBA offers a "train the trainer" program called the "Endorsed Education Provider" where educational institutions can be certified by the IIBA as a training institution.

Get Certified

To get certified, you must complete the Certified Business Analysis Program (CBAP) certification process. CBAP is administered through the International Institute of Business Analyst (IIBA). IIBA established the standard for certification. So, applicants that successfully pass the CBAP examination through IIBA become certified business analysts.

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