Business Analyst Career Development: Finding The Right Track For You

By offering the industry's best and most comprehensive business analysis training courses, Watermark Learning provides the business analysis training and related resources to ensure you and your organization receive the full benefits of business analysis certification and credentials including:

  • Demonstration of a professional level of business analysis capabilities in principle and practice
  • Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management
  • Increased confidence by employers when hiring a business analyst

There are two types of certifications available to Business Analysts: Industry credentials from IIBA® and PMI®, which are primarily knowledge-based, and Academic Certification, which is a blend of skills training and theory.

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Which track is right for you?

ECBA
Awarded By International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
Experience Needed
  • No previous BA work experience
  • 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past 4 years

For more details, visit the IIBA Website.

Steps to Credential

Application process and a 1-hour, 50-question multiple-choice exam

Best For

Individuals entering the BA profession, professionals transitioning careers, and functional managers who are not BAs but manage them.

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CBAP® or CCBA®
Awarded By International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®)
Experience Needed

CBAP:

  • 7,500 hours of BA work experience aligned with BABOK Guide in the last 10 years
  • 900 hours in each of 4 of the 6 Knowledge Areas
  • 35 hours of Professional Development Training in the past 4 years

CCBA:

  • 3,750 hours of BA work experience aligned with BABOK Guide in the last 7 years
  • 900 hours in each of 2 of the 6 Knowledge Areas or 500 hours in each of 4 of the 6 Knowledge Areas
  • 21 hours of Professional Development Training in the past 4 years

For more details, visit the IIBA Website.

Steps to Credential

CBAP: Application process and a 3.5-hour, 120-question case-study multiple-choice exam

CCBA: Application process and a 3-hour, 130-question scenario-based multiple-choice exam

Best For

Experienced Business Analysts looking to demonstrate their experience and competence in the field of business analysis.

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PMI-PBA®
Awarded By Project Management Institute (PMI®)
Experience Needed

With a High School Diploma or Associate's Degree: 7,500 hours of BA experience + 35 hours of professional development training.

With a Bachelor's Degree: 4,500 hours of BA experience + 35 hours of professional development training.

For more details, visit the PMI Website.

Steps to Credential

Application process and a 200-question exam.

Best For

Current CBAP or PMP, "hybrid" BA-PM.

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Masters Certificate or Associate Certificate in Business Analysis
Awarded By Watermark Learning/Auburn University
Experience Needed

No previous experience is required.

Steps to Credential

The successful completion of 2-6 required courses and may have an elective course depending on the program.

Best For

Anyone, with any level of experience, interested in making business analysis their career or seeking to broaden their knowledge or experience in the discipline of business analysis.



Why choose Watermark Learning?

Unlike other training companies and academic establishments, business analysis training and project management training is our only focus. Our instructors are PMP® and CBAP® certified and use real-world examples and proven techniques to make your time spent in class immediately relevant and applicable on the job. Watermark Learning is an IIBA® Endorsed Education Provider and stays very involved with IIBA® to keep up-to-date on issues affecting the profession. Having contributed to the BABOK® Guide, we provide our students with unique insights. Our students tell us again and again how happy they are with their experience at Watermark Learning, and we think you will be too!