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IIBA launches worldwide computer-based testing of the Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) exam as of September 1, 2008
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Posted by: adrian on Friday, July 25, 2008

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™), the independent, non-profit, professional association for Business Analysts, is launching computer-based testing (CBT) for the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP™) exam at dedicated test centers around the world beginning September 1, 2008.

A Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP) is a recognized expert in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine the best solutions, a role that is increasingly considered as vital to any successful project.

The CBAP designation was launched in November 2006 when 15 candidates took the first CBAP™ exam. To date, there are more than 400 accredited CBAPs worldwide. With computer-based testing, CBAP candidates will benefit from more exam dates, times and locations enabling them to take the exam when and where they wish, and the proximity of locations will help to reduce travel time and costs. There are also more international exam locations including Australia, New Zealand, England, UAE, India and China, with more locations to come. The current listing of CBT locations can be found at:
http://www.theiiba.org/Content/NavigationMenu/Certification/Process/
ExamDates/CBT_CBAP_ExamLocations13July2008.xls


“Since the launch of the CBAP designation in 2006, there has been strong demand worldwide with Business Analysts, Business Systems Analysts, consultants, trainers and others requesting that IIBA make the CBAP exam available to them,” said IIBA Vice-President of Certification Michael Gladstone, who is himself a CBAP. “With computer-based testing, we are able to deliver. Candidates from across the globe will be able to join existing CBAPs from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the UK and the U.S. as recognized Certified Business Analysis Professionals.”

To take the exam, applicants must meet the certification entrance criteria:
• 7,500 hours (five years) of business analysis work experience within the last ten years
• Demonstrated experience and knowledge in four of the six knowledge areas of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®)
• 21 hours of business analysis professional development in the last four years
• Minimum high school diploma or equivalent
• Two professional references

An organization can realize many benefits by employing individuals with the CBAP designation. CBAPs have a proven level of knowledge and skill in the generally accepted practices and techniques of business analysis as outlined in the BABOK®. A company can identify to clients and business partners that they employ professional, certified business analysts. When running a project, organizations can also realize more reliable, higher quality results that are produced with increased efficiency and consistency.

More and more top companies are recognizing the CBAP designation and the value and expertise that these professionals bring to their organizations. These include EDS, Insurity, Royal Bank of Canada, The Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Sun Trust Banks, The Hartford Financial Services Group, and Douglas County Government’s Information Technology Department.

“With the introduction of computer-based testing of the CBAP exam, we are truly expanding our reach to the international business analysis community,” said Kathleen Barret, IIBA President. “Our worldwide membership is very important to us, and we are excited about this opportunity to increase the number of CBAPs and deliver this critical business expertise to companies around the globe.”

For more information on the IIBA Certification program, visit the IIBA website at
www.theiiba.org or contact Michael Gladstone at 1-866-512-IIBA (4422) Michael.Gladstone@theiiba.org.

About the International Institute of Business Analysis

The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™) is the independent non-profit professional association serving the growing field of Business Analysis to the international business community. The organization is comprised of more than 6000 members around the globe in fields ranging from requirements management and requirements analysis, project management and consulting. The IIBA has chapters in over 40 countries worldwide and is committed to maintaining standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of practitioners. For more information, visit
www.theiiba.org.




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