During a recent webinar I gave on CBAP and CCBA certification, we received a number of questions that we didn’t have time to cover. I will do my best to answer them all in a series of blog entries over the next few weeks. The questions are taken directly from the chat session and are only edited for spelling and grammar. Look for more updates soon.
Q: How can I be part of a study group nearest me so that I get disciplined to study for the exam? I have already submitted my application and ready for exam just get lazy upon getting back from work.
A: Check with your local IIBA chapter for a study group. You can also try and find a virtual study group on the web. One link I found online is http://oc-ca.theiiba.org/index.php/chapter-events/event-listing/details/49-BABOK_Study_Group_Feb2011. It looks outdated, and may not be valid, but look for newer options.
Q: What is passing for the exam? 70%??
A: We’ve heard that 70% is the cut score for passing both the CBAP and CCBA exams. IIBA will not reveal the exact number, though. We advise people to study until they get 80-90% on our practice exams with the caveat that you need to know the BABOK inside and out. Don’t rely on just mastering a set of practice questions. They are just that – practice and not the real thing.
Q: Is this webinar countable for professional development hours for CBAP?
A: No. You need 21 hours of BA training or a formal CBAP/CCBA study group to count towards initial certification. Once you are certified, then webinars count towards re-certification.
Q. My application was rejected. What do you recommend?
A: Look at the reasons why they rejected you. Was it because of insufficient hours? Did you not meet the Knowledge Area (KA) requirements for CBAP (900 in 4+) or CCBA (900 in 2+ or 500 in 4+)? Did they deduct hours because you selected non-BA tasks on your application?
Q: Is the cost more to do the CCBA first and then the CBAP?
A: Yes, you need to apply for and pay for the CCBA application and exam, then apply and pay for the CCBA exam.
Q: Would it be better to get the CCBA and the CBAP or just go for the CBAP from the start?
A: That depends. If you are close to getting enough hours for the CBAP in 1-2 years, I’d say it’s probably better to wait. If you are 3+ years away from 7500 hours, then the CCBA makes a lot of sense to work towards.
Q: What about the salary impact for CCBAs?
A: I expect it to be similar to CBAPs. As the credentials get into wider use and employers see the value, they will prefer a certification when they hire, and will pay higher salaries to get them.
Q: Is this one of those tests where you should NOT guess?
A: Yes and no. Guess only if you truly do not know the answer to a question. Often you can work questions down to two viable answers. If you then must guess, you have a 50% probability of getting it right. Don’t leave any questions blank because you get no credit. If you guess, you may still get the question right.
Q: It has been over 1 year since my application was accepted and I have not taken the test yet. Do I have to submit another application?
A. Yes, unfortunately, IIBA only allows you to take your exam within one year of approval. You need to re-apply and pay the fee again to be able to take your exam. Our advice is to apply when you are relatively confident you will have enough time to study roughly 100 hours over the course of a year.
See other CBAP and CCBA FAQs by visiting our web site.