Confused between CCBA and CBAP?

by Ananya P. Co-founder

This has been a frequently asked question from many of our participants.


Most common questions asked are:

  1. I have 4 years BA experience. Should I wait for 1 more year and take CBAP?
  2. Is CCBA as recognized as CBAP?
  3. Will CCBA be as difficult as CBAP?
  4. How should my preparation be different?


Similarities between CCBA® and CBAP®

  1. Reference guide for both examinations is BABoK® V3.
  2. Reference requirements are same.
  3. Fees are same.
  4. Exam model is same i.e. prometric
  5. Coverage is practically same- Entire BABoK® V3.
  6. Knowledge area coverage is quite similar


Differences between CCBA® and CBAP®

1. Work Experience requirements

 CCBA® is recommended for mid-level BA professionals. The work experience requirement is 3750 hours which can translate to roughly 2.5 years of work experience. 

CBAP® is recommended for mid-level BA professionals. The work experience
requirement is 7500 hours which can translate to roughly 5 years of work experience.


However, given the complexity of CBAP® V3 examination, we strongly recommend 6+ years of business analysis experience for CBAP®.


2. PDU requirements 

CCBA® requires 21 hours of PDUs.

CBAP® requires 35 hours of PDUs.

This means cost of training will be lower compared to CBAP®.


3. Question pattern

 CCBA® Question pattern

Question pattern for CBAP® V3 is significantly different from CCBA® V3
question pattern.

 In CCBA®, there are 130 questions, most likely pattern being majority
(approx. being 80%) being scenario based questions and 20% definition oriented questions. 

One more interesting aspect to observe is that CCBA® V3 question pattern is much better than CCBA® V2 question pattern. 


CCBA® V2 questions had lot of memorization questions which have been removed in CCBA® V3. This is indeed a welcome change.


CBAP® Question pattern


Case based questions are newly introduced in CBAP®.


In CBAP®, there are only 120 questions. 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®, 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 scenario based. 

You also may see calculation oriented questions in CBAP® than in CCBA®.

If one is looking for CBAP® simulators, make sure that the CBAP® simulator provides you with good number of case based questions. 

4. Exam durations

 CBAP® is for 3.5 hours where as CCBA® is for 3 years. 

5. Preparation efforts 

Recommended preparation effort for CCBA® will be between 100 to 150 hours. 

Recommended preparation effort for CBAP® will be 150 to 250 hours depending on your experience and comfort with BA practices.


6. Brand recognition 

CBAP® for sure better marketing reputation at present compared to CCBA®. 

However, we believe given the emphasis now on CCBA® and making CBAP® lot tougher to achieve, market will start accepting CCBA® as well.

IIBA® per-se is seeing lot more market visibility for last couple of years.


Finally, few words about us

 My organization, Adaptive US provides CCBA® and CBAP® V3 online workshops with success guarantee.

 As part of success guarantee, Adaptive shall pay the re-take fees if needed.

 Our CBAP® V3 simulator provides 1000+ questions of which approximately 200 are case based, 400+ are scenario based and 400+ are concept based.

 Our CCBA® V3 simulator provides 700+ questions of which approximately 500+ are scenario based and 200+ are concept based.

 Happy reading and have a wonderful day and do provide your suggestions and comments.

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About Ananya P. Junior   Co-founder

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Joined APSense since, June 1st, 2018, From Edmond, United States.

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