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CBAP Study Guide v3

Richard and Elizabeth Larson have written the definitive CBAP Certification Study Guide. This best-selling go-to guide thoroughly covers the BABOK® Guide version 3.0 and has received more organic reviews and the highest organic ratings of any other CBAP or CCBA Study Guide.

It also comes with a free 5-day trial subscription to the CBAP Online Study Exam or CCBA Online Study Exam (provided on the inside cover of the study guide), used by over 6,500 candidates around the world to help them prepare for their exam. To ensure you pass the CBAP or CCBA Exam the first time, be sure to get this valuable resource.

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Why you need this study guide:

Not only does this guide show you what to study, it also details how to study. Included is:

  • A detailed BABOK summary, focused on aligning your business analysis experience with the BABOK Knowledge Areas and passingOnline Study Trial Offer the CBAP/ CCBA exam.
  • A full CBAP exam simulation and answer key designed to improve your test-taking skills and prepare you for the exam questions.
  • Tips, hints, and techniques for structuring, mastering, and retaining information to help you streamline your study time and pass the test.
  • Hundreds of diagrams, figures, and tables to help you focus on the important points from the BABOK.
  • A glossary of business analysis terms and a cross-reference to the BABOK. A useful resource even after you pass the exam.

  • “Just the right guide for CBAP 3.0. Very well organized guide, just like the PMI-PBA Guide.”
    Amit Kakroo, PMI-PBA (New Zealand)


  • Business Analysis Key Concepts
  • Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring
  • Elicitation and Collaboration
  • Requirements Life Cycle Management
  • Strategy Analysis
  • Requirements Analysis and Design Definition
  • Solution Evaluation
  • Underlying Competencies
  • Techniques
  • Perspectives
  • Terminology Summary


Errata for the CBAP Certification Study Guide v3 - All versions through version 3.01


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- Mary Hand, CBAP, ITIL

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"I cleared CBAP exam! Though I tried to read BABOK multiple times, nothing was getting to my mind till I started using the CBAP Certification Study Guide and the Online Study Exam. The mnemonics to remember each Knowledge area concepts opened up a structured approach to read BABOK. In fact I too started building up my own mnemonics to remember the concepts. The exam tips given in the Study Guide made a huge difference during my exam. Thanks a lot for making it happen!"
- Preetha Ramakumar, CBAP

"Got the book and read it 3 times, as well as the BABOK. The authors supplemented the BABOK very well and explained/cleared up some areas better. There is a Glossary of CBAP terms and practice questions. The authors also did a great job on explaining the tools a BA can use and where they are applied within the knowledge areas and tasks. I passed the exam on my first try! Thank you!"
A CBAP in Connecticut (Amazon reviewer)

About the Authors:

Elizabeth Larson, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA, CSM and Richard Larson, PMP, CBAP, PMI-PBA are Co-Principals of Watermark Learning, a globally recognized company providing training and coaching in business analysis, project management, agile, business process management, and influencing skills. For over 25 years, they have used their extensive experience in business analysis, project management, and agile to help thousands of BA and PM practitioners develop new skills. They both were lead authors on the IIBA Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK), the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners standard. They have co-authored four books on certification, influencing, and requirements topics. They have presented countless workshops, seminars, and training around the world.