What is PMI-PBA® Certification?

A PMI-PBA 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.

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.

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

Requirement Details
BA Experience 4,500 hours over past 8 years (Bachelor's) OR 7,500 hours over past 8 years (High School)
Education 35 hours of BA-related education
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, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), BABOK® Guide, and other recommended resources.

PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide

Study Guide

The PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide provides one reference to help you pass the PMI-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!

Watermark Learning principals Elizabeth Larson and Richard Larson were volunteers that contributed to both the PMBOK® Guide and the BABOK® Guide. 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.
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Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide

PMI Guide to Business Analysis

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PMI-PBA Reference List

Step 3: Take a PMI-PBA certification training course and get your required 35 hours of business analysis training.

PMI-PBA Certification Boot Camp

PMI-PBA Certification Training Course

This comprehensive workshop will prepare you for the PMI-PBA exam and help you make the most of the limited study time you have. The course is current with the framework of knowledge outlined by the PMI-PBA  Examination Content Outline and provides everything needed to pass the exam.

The PMI-PBA Class Provides:

  • 35 Professional Development hours, enough to apply for the PMI-PBA exam
  • Free comprehensive 400+ page PMI-PBA Certification Study Guide
  • Free 90-day subscription to our PMI-PBA Online Study Exam simulator with over 800 questions
  • View our course outline to learn more

We also offer a number of additional workshops that can help you prepare for the PMI-PBA 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.

PMI-PBA Online Study Exam

PMI-PBA Certification 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
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PMI-PBA Study Tables

PMI-PBA Study Tables

Our PMI-PBA Study Tables give you an overview of the PMI-PBA domains 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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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!
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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?

Angela Gates, PMP, CSM, PMI-PBA

I wanted to thank the Larsons for their dedication to the business analysis and project management profession. I have learned so much from the blog and resources posted on the Watermark Learning site. I successfully passed the PMI-PBA exam today on the first attempt using the Certification Study Guide, Simulation exams and the PMI Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide. I strongly recommend Watermark resources!
—Angela Gates, PMP, CSM, PMI-PBA (USA)

John Steenis, PMP, CSM, CSPO

"The material is outstanding and the instructor is absolutely exceptional. I was extremely impressed how well the instructor understood the material and was able to relate it to each of our individual learning styles and backgrounds."
—John Steenis, PMP, CSM, CSPO (USA)

Wendy Kirkpatrick

"Very clear and specific objective to cover the materials and information needed to help me be successful on the test. The instructor was EXCELLENT. She did a great job of answering questions and filling in the gaps. She was able to keep the course moving along at a good pace and I think made the discussions relevant for all levels of skill. Great materials, very happy to have access to the recorded classes, templates, videos, etc on the Watermark site."
—Wendy Kirkpatrick (USA)

Ahmed Abdalla Elnour, PMP, PMI-PBA

"Studying your book and simulation exam, plus the practice book, together you can pass the exam."
—Bader Mustafa, PMI-PBA (Qatar)

Kair Baughman

"I am so grateful I had the opportunity to go through the PMI-PBA Certification Bootcamp. The instructor's depth and breadth of knowledge and experience, combined with a fun personality and excellent facilitating skills made this an excellent class!"
—Kari Baughman

John Rush

"Without Watermark's PMI-PBA Study Guide, I would not have been successful. It is very evident that the Larsons are much attuned to what is needed to pass the PMI-PBA exam."
—John A. Rush IV, PMP, PMI-PBA (USA)

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"Today I passed the PMI-PBA exam. I would like to let you know that the handbook and simulator were very good resources. The Larsons did a great job! I strongly recommend Watermark’s materials."
—Enid T. Vargas Maldonado, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-PBA (USA)
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JoAnn Miller, CBAP

"Thank you Watermark Learning for the support that I received with the PMI-PBA study exam online material. Your exam questions helped me to prepare better for this exam as there was no other material available on the market that I could find for PMI-PBA. Passing this exam on my first attempt is a testimony of the high standard of the quality of your material."
—Sebonyane Theletsane, PMI-PBA (South Africa)
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