CBAP Certification Exam Preparation

What is CBAP Certification?

A CBAP® (Certified Business Analysis Professional) is the level three professional certification from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) for individuals with extensive business analysis experience. The certification acknowledges intermediate to senior business analysts with 5+ years of experience who may also lead other BAs. CBAPs are recognized experts in the business analysis industry, are called on for the most significant projects, and demonstrate a commitment to the profession, an important edge with employers. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to be admitted to the CBAP exam, and upon passing the exam, receive the CBAP certification credential.

Watermark Learning offers the most comprehensive training program in the industry to help you prepare for the CBAP exam. Accelerate your career path and support your organization by following the steps below and with resources and products from Watermark Learning.

Looking for CCBA® or ECBA Resources?
 Visit our CCBA Resources and ECBA Resources pages.

Why take the CBAP exam?

Step 1: Learn about CBAP and apply for the exam.

“I’m happy to report that I passed my CBAP exam. Thanks to you and your team for preparing me.”
Scott Erickson, CBAP Prep class student

Step 2: Get started with your CBAP exam preparation. Attend a study group, take a CBAP training course, purchase a study guide, and read the BABOK.

Certification Exam Prep Class

"I'm so glad I took the CBAP prep class! The instructor was great, as well as all the materials. I passed on my first try, and highly recommend this class!"
Marcie Bonilla, CBAP

CBAP Certification Exam Prep Class
This comprehensive workshop will prepare you for the
CBAP exam and help you make the most of the limited
study time you have. This course also includes the
CBAP Certification Study Guide v3.0 and a free 90-day
subscription to our CBAP Online Study Exam.

The CBAP Class Provides:

  • 35 Professional Development hours, enough to apply for the CBAP exam
  • Comprehensive 520-page CBAP Certification Study Guide v3.0, loaded with key terms, tips, and techniques to help you prepare for the CBAP exam
  • Dozens of practice exam questions with detailed answer explanations, combined with the online study exam provides a focused continuing learning experience
  • Free 90-day subscription to our CBAP Online Study Exam simulator
  • PDF of the IIBA’s BABOK Guide
  • PDF (virtual or Anytime Learning) or hard-copy (in-person) of the BABOK Study Tables, an overview of the BABOK in a comprehensive, detailed, and highly visual package
  • BABOK Flashcards (in-person only), over 300 colorful, sturdy flashcards that cover the most important BABOK terms and techniques. 
  • In-class exams with realistic practice questions and answer explanations
  • Class discussions that dissect practice questions to learn how to analyze and answer them

CBAP Exam Study Guide
CBAP Certification Study Guide v3.0
This comprehensive study guide highlights all the important points of the CBAP and CCBA 3.0 exam. It helps you readily master all knowledge areas of the BABOK Guide and helps you focus your study time. Contains hundreds of practice exam questions and answer explanations. Also includes a trial subscription to our CBAP or CCBA Online Study Exam.
Learn More

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

Foolproof Plan for Passing the CBAP or CCBA Certification Exam
Check out our free foolproof plan article! Get started on your own plan to pass the CBAP or CCBA exam.

*International Institute of Business Analysis (2015). A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide), 3rd edition. ISBN 1927584027.


Step 3: Finalize your study and preparation. Quiz yourself using flashcards you've made or purchased, listen to them on CD, and take lots and lots of practice exams.

CBAP Online Practice Exam

CBAP Online Study Exam
  • Over 1,200 realistic questions, similar in tone and quality to the actual CBAP exam
  • Instant detailed feedback on every question
  • Review the questions and answers of any exam you have taken
  • Stop and start your exams according to your schedule
  • Three modes: warm-up, drill, and a simulation mode to help you take unlimited 120-question practice tests
  • Available 24/7 from the moment you sign up, so you can study anytime, anywhere
  • Practice on the go! The CBAP Online Study Exam is cloud based, so you can access it from any computer or device, including Apple, Windows, and Android tablets—anywhere.
Learn More

"I cleared the CBAP exam! The Watermark BABOK Study Tables was a great support to review & recollect the Tasks, Inputs, Elements, Techniques, Stakeholders, Outputs in a structured manner. Thanks a lot for making it happen!"
Preetha Ramakumar, CBAP 

BABOK Study Tables
BABOK 3.0 Study Tables
Our BABOK Study Tables give you an overview of the BABOK in a comprehensive and detailed, yet highly visual package. These colorful robust tables are designed for independent study or for use with study groups or training classes. They also are a valuable aid on the job as a quick-reference resource.
Learn More

BABOK Flashcards
BABOK 3.0 Flashcards

Colorful, sturdy flashcards that cover the most important BABOK Guide terms and techniques. 336 color-coded cards to help you drill and learn the central concepts for the CBAP or CCBA exam, and help you finalize your exam preparation.
Learn More

How to Talk BA
How to Talk BA

This handy-sized resource summarizes over 300 critical BA terms and includes examples to clarify and make the terms practical. References to the BABOK Guide v3, PMI® BA Practice Guide, and other top BA books are also included. It is a great resource for all levels and anyone associated with business analysis. Use it to prepare for your CBAP, CCBA, ECBA, or PMI-PBA exam and on-the-job!
Learn More

Additional CBAP Resources

Become a Watermark Learning member and gain access to:

  • Foolproof Plan Article
  • Flashcard Template to make your own flashcards
  • Exam Preparation Tips
  • Exam Answer Sheets


Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Earning Your CBAP or CCBA Certification
Check out our 10 mistakes to avoid article! Get started on your own plan to pass the CBAP or CCBA exam.

Step 4: Take the exam and earn your CBAP certification!

Let us know when you've passed! We'd love to hear from you.

So far, we've helped thousands of business analysts earn their CBAP certification. We'd love to help you, too!

CBAP recipient

"After I read the BABOK, I enrolled in Watermark’s Anytime Learning CBAP Preparation Course. I opted for this option because I can take the course any time as per my convenience. The mnemonics Watermark Learning provided helped me a lot, and I did all the practice exams provided in the Study Guide. The online exam simulator is very good in providing you feedback on what areas you need to work on. Thank you, Watermark Learning, for providing such amazing course material which helped me prepare for the exam. Reading BABOK alone is not enough."
Shweta Sharma, CBAP, USA

CBAP recipient

"I would definitely recommend anyone serious about preparing for and passing their CBAP Exam to contact Watermark Learning and enroll in the 'CBAP Certification Preparation’ course. I personally believe the definition of quality is 'Conformance to Requirements,’ and Watermark Learning provides me with the quality training I require in my professional pursuits."
Kevin R. Winegardner, CBAP, USA

"Thank you for Watermark's virtual CBAP prep class! I had never taken a virtual course before but I found that the class fit really well with my work and home schedule. The instructor was very patient and was truly interested in the success of the participants. I know that this class and the online practice questions were instrumental in my passing the exam. I recommend this course to anyone interested in CBAP certification!"
Renee Gilmer, CBAP, USA

CBAP recipient

"I sat for my CBAP exam and passed at one sitting. Many thanks to Watermark Learning. I first enrolled for a Business Analysis course but my friends could not stop talking about Watermark Learning practice questions. I researched extensively on the internet and the story remained positive, and then, I decided to subscribe. I practiced extensively until I started scoring 90 and above. I went for the exam and passed at one sitting. I feel fulfilled that I am one of the less than 6000 CBAP holders across the globe.Thank you and keep up the good job!"
Onyinye Emmanuel Ohagwu, B.Eng, CBAP, ITIL, MCP, Canada

"I passed my CBAP exam!  Your training and CBAP materials were a key component to my successful exam.  In addition to myself, many senior BAs in my organization have passed the CBAP exam after taking your exam prep course, and we continue to utilize the training and tools in everyday work and mentorship of junior BAs."
Tony Black, CBAP, USA
US Bank

CBAP recipient

"I passed the CBAP exam and I owe much of it to Watermark Learning. They really make genuine efforts to help good professionals become better.  I found the certification preparation class extremely useful, and the online exam simulation helped me understand what was to come.  I recommend this company to anyone interested in becoming a better professional."
Cristian Avram, CBAP, Sweden

"I passed my CBAP exam! I am so thankful for the materials that Watermark provided in this exam prep course. Without them, I would not have passed. It provided tips and tricks on how to read the questions and what to look for in the questions. This course helped me on what I really need to pass. I recommend it to anyone taking the CBAP."
JoAnn Miller, CBAP, USA
Federated Insurance Companies

Ericka Fisher, MBA, PMP, CBAP

“I passed the CBAP exam and it was such a relief to have that off my plate! The sheet from class with all of the mnemonics listed per KA is very helpful for on-the-go studying. Also, the watermark exam simulations and drills are the best at helping you prepare for the exam.  I found nothing else that compared.”
Ericka Fisher, MBA, PMP, CBAP, USA
Chevron Corporation

Tanmoy Banerjee, CBAP

"I appeared for the exam yesterday and passed it, but I guess it was taking Watermark Learning's practice exams that helped me more. I have also used the CBAP Certification Study Guide and found it very useful to review key concepts outlined in the BABOK. The guide has tips on successfully passing what is definitely a challenging exam, including a full blown exam simulation, which I found very useful."
Tanmoy Banerjee, CBAP, USA

"Watermark Learning provided a wealth of information about preparing for the CBAP. Along with the Study Guide and the Online Practice Exams, the CBAP Exam Preparation Course was vital to the ensuring that I create a plan, study and successfully pass the CBAP exam. I am now a CBAP and I would strongly recommend Watermark Learning products to anyone preparing for the certification exam."
Milton Jiang, CBAP, Canada

Matt Smith, PMP, CBAP

“Great News - took the CBAP test this afternoon and passed!!!! I very much relied on the Watermark study guide. It is well written, comprehensive, complete and most impressively, functional!! I passed this test and can attribute the success to the study material, simulated tests, and work experience. I took 31 of your simulations (1,862 questions). Thanks for all the help from Watermark!”
Matthew F Smith, PMP, CBAP, SSBB, USA

Read More CBAP Comments