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New Post 1/31/2009 8:15 PM
User is offline Darius
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which comes first the CBAP cert, or career as BA 

I read the requirements to receive a BSA Certification. Its say that you must first be a BSA, or systems analyst or have a job wth similar responsibilities before you can take exam for CBAP. If this is the case how does one even get his/her foot in the door to be a BSA. I am very interested in pursueing this career. I am currently taking an online course toward the cerfitication that is sponsored by IIBA. However it seems pointless to do this if I must first get a job  as a BSA, in order to get certified. I was thinking that if I get the certification, I  could then use it to open doors into the career. Any advise. How do you get into the field of BSA. Can you actually get into if with just a BA, or is there some entry level position you must go through first, if so what? My professional experience is in the financial services field, as a Fund Accoutant, Securities analyst, and Investor reporting, and Corporate actions analyst. but none of these lead to BSA. Please help. Can I take the exam without being a BSA first. Is there some other institutuion that offers an exam, or traing certification?

Thanks for any input.

 
New Post 2/1/2009 1:03 AM
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Re: which comes first the CBAP cert, or career as BA 

Hi DariusD,

From the little that I know about getting your CBAP one of the main requirements, even before you are allowed to sit the exam is that you have to prove that you have done 7500 hrs of BA related work. So I am not sure that you can just register and write the exam. I could be wrong through. Maybe wait till end of March when the BABOK v2 is realsed, get that and start from there in terms of study material. But other than that, just try your best to get into the fiel,d as the best way to learn, is to do.

All the best.

 
New Post 2/3/2009 8:30 AM
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Re: which comes first the CBAP cert, or career as BA 

Thanks Tankfish for your reply.

 

That is my delima, Most every post I see for BSA require experience as BSA. So how do you    break in the field if you must have experience first, and when certification or training in the field require that you have experience first also. That really doesn't make sense. Is there somewhere you can get training. A BSA course? I would appreciate any help and advice.

Thanks to all for any response.

 

 
New Post 2/3/2009 10:29 PM
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Re: which comes first the CBAP cert, or career as BA 
Modified By TankFish  on 2/4/2009 12:54:20 AM)

There are many companys that do BA training. Some are even on this forum. So I am sure that you will find a suitable option. Another place to look is also the IIBA for their endorsed enducation providers. Link is below and I also found another one on the net when I was looking and another that was mentioned on this forum.

http://www.theiiba.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Endorsed_Education_Providers&Template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=4326

http://www.iconixsw.com/

http://www.inquestra.com

www.processimpact.com

 
New Post 2/12/2009 5:58 AM
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Re: which comes first the CBAP cert, or career as BA 

The same issue shows up in becoming a certified project professional.  It is partially answered by having a 2nd project professional certification which is cheifly education oriented.  It is called CAPM (Certified Associate in Project Management).

I believe it is more helpful to take the begining course-work and to get an entry-level job as a BA than to pursue the BA certification.  The BA certification will be helpful after your career has been launched to increase your visibility to your management and/or to get another BA job or contract.

 

Tom

 
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