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Close to thirteen years ago, the International Institute of Business Analysis(IIBA) was formed in Canada. It is one of the major professional associations (nonprofit) that is working towards supporting the field of business analysis. There are various certifications provided by IIBA, CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) is the most popular business analyst certification among them. If you’re a business analyst, this is the certificate that can take you to greater heights in your career as it is recognized by most companies in the industry. There are various other benefits of obtaining this certification. They are:
When you’re preparing for your CBAP examination, you will realize that there are various approaches to solving a particular problem. Up until then you may be familiar with 1 or 2 major techniques. The preparation for this examination will enable you to think out of the box and familiarize with various other techniques. Once you complete the examination, you will be able to apply these techniques at your workplace. A professional business analyst certification from a reputed organisation is always recognised by a company. CBAP is one such certification. The certification is proof that you are well versed with the various concepts involved in business analysis and can successfully add value to the workplace. The BABOK guide contains guidelines that are used everywhere in the industry. Learning the concepts mentioned in it thoroughly will help you perform better in the certification examination.
Obtaining a certified business analysis professional certification is not as easy as obtaining a regular certification course. It takes long hours of preparations, longer hours of taking tests, and a lot of practice. Hence, when companies hire business analysts who have undergone the CBAP certification, they immediately realize that the candidate has worked hard to obtain the certification. It also shows that the candidate can handle difficult projects that will require him/her to work long hours in order to obtain the required results. This hard work and determination coupled with efficient communication and analytical skills give rise to an outstanding business analyst. During an appraisal, the company examines all these qualities of the employee.
A wise man once said – “If you cannot explain it in simple terms, then you haven’t understood the concept thoroughly”. This is very true many phases of our lives. In business analysis especially, there are various systems, processes, techniques etc. At times, it is very difficult to understand these concepts when you encounter it for the first time. It is quite obvious that you cannot use these concepts if you do not have in-depth knowledge about it. At present, you may feel that you’re proficient in most processes and you can handle it pretty easily but, once you start preparing for the certification examination, you will gain knowledge of a higher level. This level will give you more clarity on the concepts you already know such that you will be able to use it effortlessly at your workplace. We tend to take things lightly unless we are tested on it. Similarly, you might get various books and glance through the concepts but, you will not make an attempt to understand it clearly unless you are tested on it. Hence, preparing for the certification examination will give you clarity on the concepts.
IIBA had released an article recently which stated that as per the survey conducted by them in various industries, business analysts who had obtained the CBAP certification earned up to 10% higher than their peers who hadn’t undergone the certification examination. This phenomenon holds true in the project management field as well where employees with Project Management Professional (PMP) certification earn higher than their peers. CBAPs also get access to better projects post their certification. These projects add value to their profile and also make a huge difference to the company.
You might have various professional or personal reasons to write the CBAP certification examination. Regardless of your reason, once you obtain the business analyst training certification, you will gain all the above-mentioned benefits. Professionals who have completed the certification and have been working in the industry for many years can feel the difference it makes. You will too.