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As a member of the Project Management Institute(www.pmi.org) I got a newsletter the other day with the normal information that you would expect in a newsletter e.g upcoming events, book reviews, seminars, etc… This time though the newsletter included something that catched my eye: An article about the International Institute of Business Analysis. The organization itself is not new (around 2003 I think) but they just recently offered a BA certification. In November 2006, the IIBA held its first certification exam in Orlando, FL. The certification program has been carefully designed to be in compliance with the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17204 standard for certifying the competence of personnel. The exam consists of 150 multiple choice questions and is proctored over a three hour period. Successful candidates will receive the designation of Certified Business Analysis Professional TM. Just like PMI with the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) we find a BABOK (Business Analyst Body of Knowledge at IIBA – lot’s of acronyms here;-) This is just a short summary of what this organization is about and the certification exam. I actually have no personnel experience with this organization or the exam but if it is anything like the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam then you better be well prepared (that was a tough one for me!). If you are interested in joining and supporting this exciting new profession, go here and you can get more information on chapters in your area here. Would be great to hear from folks who have already taken then exam or are preparing for it – I can only answer questions regarding PMP exam if someone is intersted. 🙂 Harald
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  1. Anton Wenzelhuemer
    hi,

    I think you forgot to affix a few trademarks ™ to those fancy acronyms.

    I wonder why an independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of Business Analysis has to register each of its  acronyms as trademarks.

    Re vera, cara mea, mea nil refert. ☮

    anton

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    1. Harald Reiter Post author
      I honestly have no idea why but nowadays everything seems to be patented or becomes a trademark.

      PS: I support your latin phrase;-)

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    2. Kevin Brennan
      Actually, it’s because the trademark gives us the ability to control the use of the logo/term/whatever. For example, we trademarked CBAP because it’s the only way for the IIBA to easily prevent someone who isn’t actually certified from claiming they are (or from awarding themselves a certification with the same initials).

      Believe me, if there were a better way to do it we would have; the trademarking process took a fair chunk out of our annual budget.


      Kevin Brennan
      VP, Body of Knowledge, IIBA

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  2. Jahnel Jeter
    I am CBAP certified and hold a position on the governance board for my local iiBA chapter, so I can provide a little more information.

    Applications are reviewed and approved by a certification council.  Only individuals with the experience to take the exam are approved.  If an application is denied, the applicant is advised as to where their application fell short.

    Applicants are required to have 21 hours of Professional Development Training, and 7500 hours of BA experience.

    The exam is 150 multiple choice questions.  Cut scores are determined through psychometric procedures and therefore is determined on a test by test basis.

    There are multiple exams still scheduled for this year around the US and abroad.  I would encourage anyone interested to write the exam this year.  The exam will change early 2008 when the BABOK v3.0 is released.  This will cover more content than the current version that the test is based on (v1.6)

    You can obtain the BABOK for free on the iiBA website:  http://www.theiiba.org/content.asp?contenttype=Body%20of%20Knowledge

    Warm Regards,
    Jahnel

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  3. Jahnel Jeter
    I am CBAP certified and hold a position on the governance board for my local iiBA chapter, so I can provide a little more information.

    Applications are reviewed and approved by a certification council.  Only individuals with the experience to take the exam are approved.  If an application is denied, the applicant is advised as to where their application fell short.

    Applicants are required to have 21 hours of Professional Development Training, and 7500 hours of BA experience.

    The exam is 150 multiple choice questions.  Cut scores are determined through psychometric procedures and therefore is determined on a test by test basis.

    There are multiple exams still scheduled for this year around the US and abroad.  I would encourage anyone interested to write the exam this year.  The exam will change early 2008 when the BABOK v3.0 is released.  This will cover more content than the current version that the test is based on (v1.6)

    You can obtain the BABOK for free on the iiBA website:  http://www.theiiba.org/content.asp?contenttype=Body%20of%20Knowledge

    Warm Regards,
    Jahnel

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  4. Jahnel Jeter
    I am CBAP certified and hold a position on the governance board for my local iiBA chapter, so I can provide a little more information.

    Applications are reviewed and approved by a certification council.  Only individuals with the experience to take the exam are approved.  If an application is denied, the applicant is advised as to where their application fell short.

    Applicants are required to have 21 hours of Professional Development Training, and 7500 hours of BA experience.

    The exam is 150 multiple choice questions.  Cut scores are determined through psychometric procedures and therefore is determined on a test by test basis.

    There are multiple exams still scheduled for this year around the US and abroad.  I would encourage anyone interested to write the exam this year.  The exam will change early 2008 when the BABOK v3.0 is released.  This will cover more content than the current version that the test is based on (v1.6)

    You can obtain the BABOK for free on the iiBA website:  http://www.theiiba.org/content.asp?contenttype=Body%20of%20Knowledge

    Warm Regards,
    Jahnel

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  5. Jahnel Jeter
    I am CBAP certified and hold a position on the governance board for my local iiBA chapter, so I can provide a little more information.

    Applications are reviewed and approved by a certification council.  Only individuals with the experience to take the exam are approved.  If an application is denied, the applicant is advised as to where their application fell short.

    Applicants are required to have 21 hours of Professional Development Training, and 7500 hours of BA experience.

    The exam is 150 multiple choice questions.  Cut scores are determined through psychometric procedures and therefore is determined on a test by test basis.

    There are multiple exams still scheduled for this year around the US and abroad.  I would encourage anyone interested to write the exam this year.  The exam will change early 2008 when the BABOK v3.0 is released.  This will cover more content than the current version that the test is based on (v1.6)

    You can obtain the BABOK for free on the iiBA website:  http://www.theiiba.org/content.asp?contenttype=Body%20of%20Knowledge

    Warm Regards,
    Jahnel

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    1. Harald Reiter Post author
      Thanks a lot for providing additional information. What was the main reason for you to get the certification? I took the PMP exam because certain clients of mine in the technology sector requested it from their internal and external project managers.
      🙂 Harald
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