What is PMI-PBA Certification?
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 proejct 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 are 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 certification goals.
Study with the experts!
Step 1: Learn about PMI-PBA Exam and apply.
- PMI-PBA Overview (PMI website)
- PMI-PBA Certification: What It Is and Why We Need It (Watermark Learning article)
- PMI-PBA vs. CBAP – Which is Right for You?
- PMI Certification Website
- PMI-PBA Credential Handbook (visit PMI and click on Certification to get started)
- PMI-PBA Application Worksheet (Excel spreadsheet - requires free member registration)
- PMI-PBA Roadmap (Watermark Learning pdf resource)
- PMI-PBA Requirements (see chart below)
|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|
|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.
- Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide
- PMI-PBA Reference List
PMI-PBA Study Guide
The PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide provides one reference to help you pass the PBA exam on your first try. Covering all five domains of business analysis knowledge in depth, this guide provides the structure and explanation you need to comprehend and absorb that knowledge. Contains hundreds of tools, practice exam questions, and answer explanations from PMI-PBA credential holders!
- Practitioner's Guide to Requirements Management
- Business Analysis Knowledge Table. The chart below is provided for illustrative purposes. There is not a one-to-one correlation between the tasks and tools of the IIBA® Knowledge Areas and PMI Domains. Please review the BABOK Guide and the PMI-PBA Handbook for additional details.
Business Knowledge Areas (CBAP/CCBA)
PMI Domains (PMI-PBA)
|Business Analysis Planning & Monitoring (19.33%)
|Elicitation (14%)||Analysis (35%)|
|Requirements Management & Communication (16%)
|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 BA training.
- Our PMI-PBA Certification Boot Camp covers all 35 required contact hours.
We also offer a number of additional workshops that can help you prepare for the exam.
View our complete list of business analysis courses.
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!
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