Business Analysis Certification - Calculation of BA hours

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  1. Om Prakash Bang

    Om Prakash Bang Well-Known Member
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    How do I know whether I have enough BA working experience to qualify CCBA / CBAP eligibility criteria?

    To get an answer to the question requires careful examination of profile in terms of years of experience, projects, roles and tasks carried out.

    As per BABOK, Business Analyst is any person who performs business analysis activities, no matter what their job title or organization role may be. Business analysis practitioners include not only people with the job title of business analyst, but may also include business system analysts, system analysts, requirements engineers, process analysts, functional analysts, product managers, product owners, enterprise analysis, business architects, management consultants, or any other person who performs the tasks described in the BABOK guide including those who also perform related disciplines such as project management, software development, quality assurance.

    You may be into hybrid role, performing the tasks of project management as well as business analysis OR you may be focused on requirement aspects at a project level OR you may be a business analyst performing tasks at the enterprise level. You should be able to derive BA%, based on what all different tasks performed during the project.

    Let's calculate BA hours per year. For one year, consider 11 months deducting one month towards holidays, leaves. Total working hours per years comes to 1452 Hours, considering 22 working days per month, 6 hours per day. Calculate BA hours, depending on the role and project tasks.

    Please note 12 Months, 30 Days and 8 Hours is not practical / realistic figure for calculation.

    For example: If you are a BA in a hybrid role, then 60% to 70% on BA and 30% to 40% on Project Management tasks. If you are a BA working along with Project Manager, then 80% to 90%. of total working hours per year.

    Sample Profile: 10 years' experience eligible for CBAP.
    1. Sr. Project Manager / Sr. Business Analyst - Since last two year - 2300 BA Hours (80%)
    2. Project Manager / Team Lead - 4 years - 3500 BA Hours. (60%)
    3. Sr. Software Developer - 2 years - 1200 Hours (40%)
    4. Software Developer - 2 Years - 900 Hours (30%)
    The above illustration is to provide guidance, so that you can self-evaluate, whether you have enough BA working experience to qualify CCBA / CBAP eligibility criteria or not. To calculate whether you have minimum hours of experience in the knowledge area, requires further drill down to BA task level. Final approval from IIBA depends on project description, tasks selected while filling up online application.
     
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    Thankyou Om, this is very good information for all prospective participants who would want to check their eligibility for this course.
     
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    Hi Om Prakash,

    It would be really of great help, if you could clarify on the following points, please...

    While filling the CBAP application form,

    1. Do the project level contacts and contacts we provide in the reference section need to be same? or rather Can be or Cannot be same?

    2. To whom IIBA is going to send the emails for verification, the project level contacts or Reference section contacts?

    3. Is IIBA going to check project contacts or references for each application they receive or is it similar to the PMI process, that they are going to audit only some of the applications at random and not all the applications that they receive...?

    Thank you so much in advance for your time and effort in providing clarification on the above points at the earliest.

    Best Regards,
    Bhargava
     
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  5. Om Prakash Bang

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    Please find below answers.
    1. Project level contacts and references can be same.
    2. IIBA will send email to references only.
    3. IIBA will assess all the applications for completeness and fulfillment of the CBAP® certification
    4. The online application system will automatically send an email to the references requesting them to log in to the system to complete the reference process.
    Please find below details as outlined in CBAP Handbook Section 5.5
    http://www.iiba.org/Certification-Recognition/CBAP-Designation/CBAP/CBAP-Handbook.aspx

    5.5 Reference Requirement Two references from a career manager, client (internal or external) or CBAP® recipient are required.

    In addition:
    • Include one current contact.
    • All references must have known the applicant for at least six months.
    • A career manager is defined by IIBA as the person who is responsible for providing and preparing the applicant’s annual performance review.
    • Project managers cannot be references unless they are also the applicant’s career manager. The reference form must clearly indicate they fill both roles or the reference will not qualify.
    • Only two references will be assessed during the application assessment process.
    • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the reference submits their form in time to be considered for the exam date of interest and to do any necessary follow-up with their references.
     
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  6. Om Prakash Bang

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    Thank you so much for the precise and absolute answer, Om Prakash...
     
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    Hi, It would be of great help if someone can let me know what type of questions are asked to the references. While I have given them a high level background on the certification .. If there are specific questions I would like to update them. Thanks.
     
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    Reference's are asked to rate your business analysis skills, relationship and endorse you as a business analysis professionals.

    Type of questions:
    1. Candidate's name, title and duties
    2. Reference's name, title, organization, email address and phone.
    3. Relationship with the candidate (Career Manager, Client (internal or external), CBAP recipient )
    4. How long have you known to the candidate?
    5. How would you rate the candidate's skills from 1 to 5 (1 = very low, 5 = very high) with respect to Business Analysis knowledge area and competencies.
    6. Does the candidate display a high degree of personal integrity (acts honestly, responsibly and legally)? (yes, no, explain if no)
    7. Do you endorse this candidate as a business analyst professional? (yes, no, explain if no).

    You may download and send the CBAP application to the references, so that they are aware.
     
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    Hello Om,

    I need assistance in filling up the form.

    Do you have e-mail address so that I can contact you there?


    Thanks
    Anurag
     
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  11. Om Prakash Bang

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    Hello Om,

    Thanks and I have done that.

    Please check your mail as well.


    Thanks
     
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  13. Indraneel Neogi

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    Hi Om Prakash,

    Pls confirm if we may enter "Reporting Manager" in the Relationship with the candidate field.

    Thanks
     
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  14. Om Prakash Bang

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    Yes, We can give Reporting Manager name as a reference
     
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