We estimate there are probably thousands of eligible people thinking about or wanting to become certified, but they haven’t started yet. There is no doubt that both the CBAP and Foolproof Plan to Become a CBAP or CCBACCBA applications and exams are difficult. Yet, people do make it through the process! Our “foolproof plan” helps you make sense of that process.

This article briefly summarizes the CBAP and CCBA programs, and how eligible business analysts can create a foolproof plan to pass their exam. Bear in mind that any certification plan is only foolproof if you personalize it, commit to it, and follow it. The article covers the crucial steps for your foolproof plan and several tips to help you execute it to become certified.

Here is a list of the steps in our “foolproof” plan.

  1. Obtain and Skim the BABOK®
  2. Apply for the Exam
  3. Read the Entire BABOK
  4. Absorb the BABOK
  5. Take Practice Exam Questions
  6. Do Final Preparation
  7. Do a “Brain Dump,” the Pass the Exam


Read the full article
to get details on the seven steps.

2 thoughts on “Seven Steps to Passing the CBAP or CCBA v3 Exam: A Foolproof Plan

  1. I notice in the CBAP Certification Study Guide that you don’t talk about the stakeholders involved in each KA. Is there a reason?
    Is this a clue that it is not important for exam purposes?

    • Hi Paul,

      We list the stakeholders and their key responsibilities on pages 33 & 34 in the Study Guide. We also capture stakeholder by KA by task in the ITTO diagram at the beginning of each KA chapter. We suggest that the students use both the study guide and BABOK when studying for the exam. We stress in our classes that it is very hard to remember every stakeholder for every task, so identifying patterns and logic in why a particular stakeholder would be useful in that KA and task, and which would not be needed, might be the most helpful. That is why we capture the stakeholder in the ITTO diagram so they can get a big picture of the patterns of stakeholder used in each task.

      Hope this helps!

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