PMI-PBA Certification Exam Preparation

What is PMI-PBA Certification?

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A PMI-PBA® (PMI® Professional in Business Analysis) certification is one of the fastest growing certifications in the business analysis and project management industries. Business analysis has become a critical competency of project management, and the PMI-PBA certification can help advance your career. If you work with project teams and manage requirements or product development, or if you're a project or program manager who performs business analysis in your role, then the PMI-PBA certification is right for you.

Watermark Learning principals Elizabeth Larson and Richard Larson were volunteers that contributed to both the PMBOK® and the BABOK® Guides. They were also a part of the select team that contributed as lead authors to PMI’s Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide, one of the references for the PMI-PBA exam. 

With the advantage of our multidisciplinary expertise and longstanding experience, you can count on Watermark Learning to help you achieve your PMI-PBA certification goals.

Study with the experts!

Step 1: Learn about PMI-PBA certification exam and apply.


Requirement Details
BA Experience 4,500 hours over past 8 years (Bachelor's) OR 7,500 hours over past 8 years (High School)
Domain 2,000 hours of BA Experience hours working across BA domains on project teams over past 8 years
Education High School or College Degree
Professional Development 35 hours
References None Required
Additional Signed Code of Conduct
Fees $405 exam fee ($555 for non-members)
Renewal Once every 3 years; need 60 PDUs for renewal

Step 2: Get started with your PMI-PBA certification preparation. Read the PMI-PBA Study Guide, PMBOK Guide, BABOK Guide, and other recommended resources.

Study Guide

Business Knowledge Areas (CBAP/CCBA)

PMI Domains (PMI-PBA)

Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring (19.33%)

Planning (22%)
Elicitation (14%) Analysis (35%)
Requirements Management & Communication (16%)

Traceability (15%)
Enterprise Analysis (15.33%) Needs Assessment (18%)
Requirements Analysis (19.33%) Analysis (35%)
Solution Assessment & Validation (16%) Evaluation (10%)

Step 3: Get your required 35 hours of business analysis training.

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation. Quiz yourself using flashcards and study tables, review your notes from class, and take lots and lots of practice exams.

Step 5: Take the exam and earn your PMI-PBA certification!

We've already helped many project managers and business analysts reach their PMI-PBA certification goals. Will you be the next?

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