Business analysis is the process of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. In simpler words, it is a set of tasks and techniques which work as a connection between stakeholders. These help them understand the organization’s structure, policies, and operations. A Business Analyst is an intermediary between IT products/ services & its business relevance. Business analysts can also recommend solutions to help the business reach its goals.

Change is one of the biggest challenges facing organizations today, and the key to change is business analysis. Business analysis helps companies know how to change—it is a structured way of recognizing, formalizing and implementing change.

If you’re an analytical thinker with a knack for solving business problems, business analysis is a rewarding and lucrative career path. You’ll play a key role in your organization and have endless opportunities to grow in your career.

To be a distinguished BA and to increase your chances of success, earning a business analyst certification is important. Certification can improve overall performance, remove uncertainty and widen market opportunities. A certified business analyst has a broader perspective of the BA techniques and approaches. It also shows commitment, as preparing for these certifications and clearing the exam is not an easy task. Organizations also recognize individuals for the hard work and commitment which the candidate has put into it.

There are multiple BA certifications. There acceptability, qualification criteria and fees vary widely. In recent years IIBA has emerged as the most preferred BA certification provider. The certifications are categorized mainly according to the level of experience of the professional.

Over 5 years of Work experience- For professionals having over 5 years industry experience, CBAP (Certified Business Analysis Professional) is the best certification. It is regarded very highly in the circuit of Systems Analysis, Requirement Analysis, Business Consulting & of course Business Analysis. The certification exam will test both the understanding & application aspect of BABoK (Business Analysis Book of Knowledge) developed by IIBA-the global BA certifying body.

Over 2–3 years of Work experience-For professionals nearing 2–3 years of work experience, CCBA (Certification of Capability in Business Analysis) serves as a good bet. The certification is targeted towards Project Managers, Testers, QA’s, Change Managers, Tech Lead & the exam tests the basic understanding of BABoK.

Freshers/No experience- For candidates just starting their professional journey, ECBA (Entry Certificate in Business Analysis) is the perfect certification to enter Business Analysis & consulting Domain. ECBA is framed rightly to suit the needs of an entry level Business analyst focusing on requirements analysis, modelling, requirements life cycle management with good amount of emphasis on modeling concepts and tools. The questions in the certification exam are directly from the BABoK.
IIBA-AAC- Agile Analysis Certification or IIBA-AAC recognizes the competencies of BA professionals with 2 to 3 years’ experience executing analysis-related work in an agile context.

This certification targets new entrants and mid-level BA practitioners in the agile space. It is ideal for professionals with 2-5 years of Agile-related experience. The certifications aim is to apply effective business analysis with an agile mindset and a constant focus on delivering business value.

So, this sums up what is best BA certification & more importantly to whom. But clearing all these certification exams in the very first attempt would require intensive training by proper BA coaches. Training from an IIBA EEP (Endorsed Education Provider) will also give the much needed PDU’s (Professional Development Units) & guidance in form filling for the exam.

Please go through the following articles for tips on preparation of IIBA certifications and other valuable information-
IIBA Certifications: Which one is right for you?

Author's Bio: 

LN Mishra

I am Principal BA and Trainer, Founder of Adaptive US Inc company. Also Mentor to 500+ Certified BA, 25+ years of experience in IT Business Analysis Author of 12 Books on Business Analysis and Part of IIBA Exam Committee.

About Adaptive US
As a Premier Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) for the IIBA, Adaptive US, helps professionals to prepare for and succeed in their certification exams. Adaptive US is one of the market leaders when it comes to BA online training in ECBA, CCBA, AAC, and CBAP and also gives the option of success guarantee where without paying an extra penny you can undergo the training all over again if you fail. For more details about plans and registration, you can visit the Workshop Calendar.