CCBA V2 vs. CCBA V3 – A whole new perspective
by Ananya P. Co-founder
With the launch of the v3
scheme of exams one very common question has been what is the difference
between CCBA v2 and v3 version or can someone highlight CCBA v2 vs. CCBA
IIBA has modified the mid-level
BA CCBA certification pattern, including the name.
Considering the fact that it
required lesser experience than CBAP, number of CCBAs should outnumber the
number of CBAPs. This is due to the simple fact that IT has a large young
workforce. However, the number of CCBAs remained lower than CBAPs. Possibly the
- Gap between experience
requirement between CCBA and CBAP is not very wide (just little over 2
years) – This prompted/prompts many professionals to wait for CBAP than
going in for CCBA.
- Fees for both exams are the same.
- It was tough to complete CCBA V2. This
primarily happened due to the question pattern for CCBA V2 which was lot
more memory intensive.
But with the introduction
of V3 version of the examination, the scenario has changed quite
Here is a detailed comparison
between CCBA V2 vs. V3
Aspects those are same
The good part is many aspects
do remain the same between CCBA V2 and CCBA V3. Here are the key ones:
- Work experience requirements remain the
- Reference requirements remain the same.
- Fees remains same
- Exam mode remains same (i.e. Prometric).
- PDU requirements remain same(21 hours)
Aspects those are
there are many significant changes in the examination content and pattern. The key ones are:
1. The reference standard is changed
CCBA V3 is based on BABoK V3
whereas CCBA V2 was based on BABoK V2. BABoK V3 is significantly changed over
BABoK V2. BABoK V3 has added 16 more techniques.
Number of pages of content
added is almost 100% more than BABoK V2.
Given the amount of change in
BABoK V3, it is essential that one goes through a workshop aligned to BABoK V3.
are changed from memory based approach to concept based approach
Question content for CCBA V3 is
vastly different from V2. Questions are now largely concept based than being
memory based which was the case for CCBA V2.
CCBA V2 had 150 questions for
3.5 hours whereas CCBA V3 has 130 questions for 3 hours.
This makes it much easier now
to take CCBA V3 than CCBA V2.
V3 is much more tougher than CBAP V2
At the same time, Question
pattern for CBAP V3 is significantly changed from CBAP V2 question pattern.
In CBAP V2, there were 150
questions, majority (approx. being 80%) being scenario based questions and 20%
definition oriented questions.
In CBAP V3 certification
examination, IIBA has introduced case based questions for the first time.
Each case is around 1 to 2
pages long and likely to have 4 to 6 questions per case. Of the 120 questions
in CBAP V3, around 40 to 50 questions (approx. 35% to 40%) are likely to be
case based and rest 70 to 80 questions (approx. 60 to 65%) are likely to be
This makes it much tougher now
to appear for CBAP V3 than CBAP V2.
CBAP V3 requires 35 PDUs
against CCBA’s 21 hours means CBAP trainings will be more expensive than CCBA
effort for CCBA V3 will be lesser than CCBA V2
Given the change in question
pattern, effort needed to complete CCBA V3 will be lesser than CCBA V2.
A good number to look at will
be 150 hours +/- 20 hours depending on what one should be spending on preparing
for CCBA V3.
If you are looking for CCBA V3
simulators, make sure that the CCBA V3 simulator provides you with good number
of scenario based questions.
How should you go about
taking up CCBA V3 examination
If you would like to undergo
CCBA V3 training, my organization, Adaptive US provides CCBA V3 workshops with
We have been maintaining 99%
success rate for CCBA.
We provide 28 hours training for
CCBA where as IIBA mandates only 21 hours. This is essential as 21 hours will
be quite in-adequate given the fact that BABoK V3 is 200% of BABoK V2.
Our CCBA V3 simulator provides
1200+ questions which is a mix of scenario based and concept based questions.
Our trainers have been part of
the BABoK v2 and v3 authoring team and question setting team.
Our courses are conducted
online in weekends making it feasible for anyone to join from anywhere in the
All the classes are recorded
and shared with participants to review later during preparation for the exam.
Our faculties are all
practicing BAs with 25+ years of industry experience.
You also get a study handout of
Take a look at the sample
course material over here:
Sample Study Guide and
The Adaptive learning platform,
SuXeed, is loaded with 1200+ questions with 6 simulations for CCBA and takes
the participant through a gradual process of learning for CCBA certification
with Concept questions ->Drill questions – > Simulation tests.
This process enhances learning
and clarity of concepts, which ultimately helps the professional to be a better
business analyst end of the day.
See a small video on the
learning platform here –
The learning should be based on
concepts/skills and should ultimately help anyone in
their day to day job rather
than only getting a certificate.
Learn with Adaptive US to be a better business
analyst while getting CCBA Certified.
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