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PBA v CBAP
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What do you guys think is the premeir differences between these two certifications? Do you see them being complimentary or competitive.
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Steven, I personally believe they compliment each other and somehow believe that CBAP is the next step after PBA. Check this out and let me know what you think:

http://www.bridging-the-gap.com/the-pmi-pba-vs-iiba-cbap-or-ccba/
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1 reply by Steven Zachary
Jan 01, 2016 5:20 PM
Steven Zachary
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Awesome. Yes I've read Laura's link. She also wrote the practice guide.

Elizabeth Larson has a good presentation on this to.

What does everyone else think?
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Jan 01, 2016 5:15 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Steven, I personally believe they compliment each other and somehow believe that CBAP is the next step after PBA. Check this out and let me know what you think:

http://www.bridging-the-gap.com/the-pmi-pba-vs-iiba-cbap-or-ccba/
Awesome. Yes I've read Laura's link. She also wrote the practice guide.

Elizabeth Larson has a good presentation on this to.

What does everyone else think?
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Complementary is the right description as Rami said.
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2 replies by Rami Kaibni and Steven Zachary
Jan 02, 2016 8:21 AM
Rami Kaibni
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Thanks Maen, at least they are definitely not competitive.
Jan 02, 2016 11:01 AM
Steven Zachary
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I agree, I think the PMI-PBA will become the entry point or minimum qualification for BAs over time with the CBAP still remaining the gold standard or MBA equivalent for BAs.
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Jan 02, 2016 3:45 AM
Replying to MAEN QADDOURAH
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Complementary is the right description as Rami said.
Thanks Maen, at least they are definitely not competitive.
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My sense of the PMI-PBA is that it revolves around the project. That is, business analysis as a phase and deliverable within a project.

The CBAP appears to be a little more standalone, not framed within the confines of a project. In fact, the CBAP includes some management functions which could have normally been the purview of the project manager.
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1 reply by Steven Zachary
Jan 02, 2016 11:01 AM
Steven Zachary
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Agreed on this one. THe PMI-PBA aligns with the findings of the pulse of the profession and project/programs. The CBAP is more enterprise level and at a much higher level.
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Jan 02, 2016 10:54 AM
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My sense of the PMI-PBA is that it revolves around the project. That is, business analysis as a phase and deliverable within a project.

The CBAP appears to be a little more standalone, not framed within the confines of a project. In fact, the CBAP includes some management functions which could have normally been the purview of the project manager.
Agreed on this one. THe PMI-PBA aligns with the findings of the pulse of the profession and project/programs. The CBAP is more enterprise level and at a much higher level.
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Jan 02, 2016 3:45 AM
Replying to MAEN QADDOURAH
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Complementary is the right description as Rami said.
I agree, I think the PMI-PBA will become the entry point or minimum qualification for BAs over time with the CBAP still remaining the gold standard or MBA equivalent for BAs.
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1 reply by Rami Kaibni
Jan 02, 2016 11:18 PM
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Guess what Steven, I agree with you on this.
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I feel, CBAP goes into details about Business Analysis as a profession.
PMI-PBA is more geared from a project/program perspective and role delineation between a PM and a BA or how they certain times conflict each other. Also, having taken both the exams, I felt CBAP was more definition oriented when PBA was situation oriented.

Also, with BA Practioner's guide PMI did a good job and IIBA's new BABOK V3 has improved a lot.

I feel both certifications complement each other.
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1 reply by Steven Zachary
Jan 03, 2016 2:05 AM
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Great points Adil!!

I participated in the review of V3, it has improved quite a bit. I'm half way through the practitioners guide and find it surprisingly rich. Hopefully this leads to a more mature practice.

Do you find employers ask about one or another?
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Jan 02, 2016 11:01 AM
Replying to Steven Zachary
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I agree, I think the PMI-PBA will become the entry point or minimum qualification for BAs over time with the CBAP still remaining the gold standard or MBA equivalent for BAs.
Guess what Steven, I agree with you on this.
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Jan 02, 2016 4:04 PM
Replying to Adil Muhammad
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I feel, CBAP goes into details about Business Analysis as a profession.
PMI-PBA is more geared from a project/program perspective and role delineation between a PM and a BA or how they certain times conflict each other. Also, having taken both the exams, I felt CBAP was more definition oriented when PBA was situation oriented.

Also, with BA Practioner's guide PMI did a good job and IIBA's new BABOK V3 has improved a lot.

I feel both certifications complement each other.
Great points Adil!!

I participated in the review of V3, it has improved quite a bit. I'm half way through the practitioners guide and find it surprisingly rich. Hopefully this leads to a more mature practice.

Do you find employers ask about one or another?
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1 reply by Adil Muhammad
Jan 03, 2016 2:11 AM
Adil Muhammad
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Steven, I found employers are not so aware of PBA still. CBAP is well known and sought after but PBA I have not found many even understand that this is a Business Analysis certification.

As you said, I too hope this leads to more mature practice. PMI getting involved in Business Analysis is a good thing for BA profession.
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