Last week, the Project Management Institute (PMI) ® announced their PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) certification. They cite a statistic by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics that “business analysis jobs are predicted to increase by 22 percent by 2020.”
The projected growth of jobs along with PMIs recognition of business analysis as a profession is good news for business analysts across the globe.
This new certification for business analysis introduces confusion in selecting the right certification to help you achieve your professional goals. Below is what you need to know to compare and select the certification(s) that are right for you. This comparison includes application requirements, knowledge required, and your current or desired role. One thing to keep in mind is that this new PMI-PBA® certification has been undertaken to support program and project managers, so it is project and program-focused. The IIBA® Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide)® extends to enterprise and strategic business analysis.
Application Requirements for CBAP, CCBA, and PMI-PBA
Note: This table provided for illustrative purposes. There is not a one-for-one correlation in the tasks and tools of the IIBA® Knowledge Areas and PMI® Domains. Please see PMI-PBA Task by Domain for additional information.
Business Analysis Role and Current Certification
Watermark Learning’s Next Steps
Watermark Learning instructors were at the forefront of this new certification with the owners of Watermark, Elizabeth and Richard Larson, contributing authors of the PMI-PBA Practice Guide, and Watermark Learning instructors participated in the pilot.
Start your study preparation with Watermark’s PMI-PBA Certification Boot Camp and earn the 35 contact hours needed to apply for the exam. Plus, you will receive a copy of our PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide, a 90-day PMI-PBA Online Study Exam subscription, and PMI-PBA Study Tables with your class materials.
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