What is CBAP Certification?

CBAP® Certification (Certified Business Analysis Professional) is the level three professional certification from the IIBA® for individuals with extensive business analysis experience. CBAP certification acknowledges intermediate to senior business analysts with 5+ years of experience who may also lead other BAs. CBAPs are recognized experts in the BA field, relied on for the most significant projects, and demonstrate commitment to the profession, an important edge with employers. Applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements, including passing a rigorous exam, to earn the CBAP certification credential.

Watermark Learning offers the most comprehensive training program in the industry to help you prepare for the CBAP exam. Start your own CBAP certification journey by following the steps below with resources and products from Watermark Learning!

Learn About CBAP Certification Study CBAP Material Take A CBAP Certification Prep Class Practice Using CBAP Online Study Exam

Then, take and pass the CBAP exam!

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

*Requires free membership registration.

“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 (United States)

Step 2: Get started with your CBAP certification exam preparation. Purchase a study guide and read the BABOK.

CBAP Certification Study Guide v3.0

CBAP Certification Exam Study Guide

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

Read A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK Guide), 3rd edition, the IIBA's official guide for the CBAP exam.

Get started on your own plan to pass the CBAP exam with our free articles, including:

Step 3: Take a CBAP certification training course and join a study group.

CBAP Certification Exam Prep Class

CBAP Certification 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. The course conforms to and aligns with the BABOK Guide v3 and provides everything needed to pass the exam.

CBAP Certification Training Provides:

  • 11+ years of experience in CBAP training—Watermark has helped over 50% of all CBAPs worldwide become CBAP certified
  • Proven track record of students earning their CBAP certification—most on the first try. Our success rate is 97%.
  • Candid, realistic estimates on the time commitment needed to pass the exam, as well as study tips, based on feedback from those who have passed the exam
  • 35 Professional Development hours, enough to apply for the CBAP exam
  • Free comprehensive 520-page CBAP Certification Study Guide v3.0
  • Free 90-day subscription to our CBAP Online Study Exam simulator with over 1,200 questions
  • View our course outline to learn more

“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 (United States)

Become a Watermark Learning member and gain access to:

  • Flashcard Template to make your own flashcards
  • Exam Preparation Tips

Step 4: Finalize your study and preparation. Quiz yourself using flashcards you've made or purchased, and take lots and lots of practice exams.

CBAP Certification Online Study Exam

CBAP Certification Online Practice Exam
  • Take the most realistic exams with the ORIGINAL Online Study Exam, to reduce surprises and increase confidence
  • Instant detailed feedback on every question to explain both correct and incorrect answers and solidify retention
  • 3 categories of questions with unlimited tests that you can stop and start according to your schedule
  • Prices start at $99 for subscriptions.
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BABOK 3.0 Study Tables

BABOK 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.
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“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 (India)

BABOK 3.0 Flashcards

BABOK 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.
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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 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, or ECBA exam and on-the-job!
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Additional CBAP Resources

Step 5: Take the exam and earn your CBAP certification!

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

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

Zenita Lindeberg, CCBA, CBAP

"The CBAP guide is well written, interesting, and much easier to read compared to the BABOK (read it but mostly used it as dictionary). The simulation exams and drills are extremely useful for training. (I achieved both my CCBA and my CBAP using your material.) It was valuable to read the explanations and then look up the BABOK section listed (both the correct and incorrect section if needed). I also value the preparation course, which has a lot of valuable discussions with the teacher and other CBAP students."
—Zenita Lindeberg, CCBA, CBAP (Sweden)

Shweta Sharma, CBAP

"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 (United States)

Renee Gilmer, CBAP

"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 (United States)

Kevin R. Winegardner, CBAP

"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 (United States)

JoAnn Miller, CBAP

"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 (United States)
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Cristian Avram, CBAP

"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)

Still not convinced? Read more CBAP testimonials to see how we helped others with their CBAP certification!