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CBAP vrs PMI-BA
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I was asked about the difference between CBAP and PMI-BA, anyone with a SOUND response?
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I have both. Both are not equal about the requirements to get the certification and about the list of books and documents to take into account to prepare for the certification. In the first case you have the BABOK while in the second one you have a list of documents. The best thing you can do is to carefull read all the material you will find inside the certification sites like reference list, handbook, etc.
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1 reply by George Lewis
Mar 02, 2016 7:23 AM
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Thanks Sergio...

I have the CBAP and I'm not sure I want to persue the PMI-PBA,

The post was more on a concern with giving the group of people a sound answer on the differences.

I think I still don't have a straight answer...
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Mar 02, 2016 7:01 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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I have both. Both are not equal about the requirements to get the certification and about the list of books and documents to take into account to prepare for the certification. In the first case you have the BABOK while in the second one you have a list of documents. The best thing you can do is to carefull read all the material you will find inside the certification sites like reference list, handbook, etc.
Thanks Sergio...

I have the CBAP and I'm not sure I want to persue the PMI-PBA,

The post was more on a concern with giving the group of people a sound answer on the differences.

I think I still don't have a straight answer...
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Help?
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I will say what I do when I will start the process to get a certification. To decide about the certification I make an estimation about future market demmands. In this case I was one of the first in the whole world (the first one in Latin America) in getting the PMI-PBA. Why? Because after working in creating standards and role deliniation with both institutes (IIBA and PMI) I think the PMI is making a great job to promote and making business analysis discipline growth in the near future. But as I mentioned, is a personal estimation and I could be wrong.
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1 reply by Laureana Espia Estoque Cortez
Jan 11, 2017 1:12 AM
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Possible the difference is the price fee that you pay and some sort of advance learning.
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Both are ‘experienced based’ exams, therefore you will need to have acquired a prescribed number of years actively working as a business analyst to be eligible for the exam for either organization. You can check out the certification handbooks from each organization to obtain the details pertaining to eligibility requirements. Here is a highlight, the PMI-PBA is 4500 hours of BA experience if you hold a Bachelors degree or global equivalent or 7500 hours if you have an Associates degree or global equivalent. For PMI-PBA eligibility, you must demonstrate that at least 2000 hours occurred on programs or projects. These are not ‘additional’ hours but simply a portion of the hours that comprise your demonstrated experience (e.g. the 4500 or 7500 hour requirement). CBAP is 7500 hours of business analysis experience. With PMI you must have acquired your experience over the last 8 years and with IIBA it’s over a 10 year period. With IIBA you have to demonstrate having acquired at least 900 hours in at least four of the BABOK Guide Knowledge Areas. This makes the application process a bit more complicated. With IIBA, you must also provide two professional references. PMI doesn’t have this requirement. As a PMI member, your exam fee is $405 and with IIBA the exam and application fee amount to $450. There are some other details the handbooks will outline, but they are minor and similar such as the professional development requirements and renewal details, required on both certifications. One point worth mentioning that I love about the PMI-PBA is that current PMP or PgMP certification holders are exempt from having to demonstrate that 2000 hours occurred on projects, because it is assumed if you hold these other certifications. This makes the application process even easier for the PMI-PBA. I hope this helps.
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Thanks Laura....

It surely hepls.
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I see that this has been a discussion in previous days, but I still don't have a high level sounding answer to give students who wants to know which where to turn to.

The question is not related to the requirements to get one or the other, but the sounding differences or similarities after obtaining each.

Need help to give advice to my students...
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Take both, as I did.
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I have written about this a few times, but students should compare vendors and determine which organization they feel most comfortable with as far as investing their dollars and time. As in any vendor assessment, compare the strength of the organization, look at stability, growth rates (how fast is each certification growing), recognition of the organization, financial strength, size of the organization etc. If the student is employed, does their employer know one vendor over the other? Does the employer already have a relationship to PMI because they require PMs to hold PMPs? That is how I would direct the students; have them identify how to measure the vendors and then do the research. If you are asking how likely will certification help them find employment or get promoted, that is dependent on too many factors to specify. The process of acquiring certification is a professional development initiative in and of itself.
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Segrio - Yes, that's an option if you're at a stage like you are. but not everyone has the luxury of maintaining the two.

Serio, if you were to really choose one... with which one would you stay with?
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