CBAP CCBA Handbook is a must read for Application success

CBAP / CCBA Application Series – Step 2 of 7 – Read The CBAP / CCBA Handbook

by Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo8

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series CBAP Application Series

Do you want to know the one source of all the relevant and complete information about the CBAP / CCBA application?

One place where you probably need to start your research about the exam and the process, rather than submerging yourself in the 179 comments thread on LinkedIn?

Drum roll:

==> CBAP or CCBA Handbook  <==

It is really amazing to know the number of people who are not aware of the information that is part of the CCBA or CBAP handbook. This is one place, which is the ultimate source of the latest information on various facets of the exam. If there are any eligibility requirements changes that you must be aware of,  or anything related to the actual exam, this is the place you need to refer. Yes, this means you can skip mining information from the plethora of LinkedIn comments.

If something changes about the exam or the process, CBAP or CCBA Handbook is likely to be updated first by the IIBA.  So, if you have any questions and need some comprehensive information at a given snapshot of time, this is where you need to go.

Navigating the CBAP / CCBA Handbook

In this post, I will be highlighting a few “MUST READ” sections of the Handbook and give you a little mind map that you could use to refer back to see what information is part of the handbook.

The CBAP Handbook is divided into 10 different sections; covering topics ranging from what the BABOK is, to auditing of candidates.

In the first half of the handbook, one important piece of information to note is the roles mentioned that come under the purview of CBAP or CCBA:

  • Business analysis
  • Systems analysis
  • Requirements analysis or management
  • Process management
  • Consulting

This is a critical information to note as there is a lot of misunderstanding about who can apply for CCBA or CBAP Exam. I will expand a little more on this in part 4 of the 7 steps.

Two Most Important Sections

The following two sections are probably the most important sections of the CBAP Handbook. (Same sections under CCBA Handbook).

  • Section 5 – Certification Requirements
  • Section 6 – Application and Exam Process

cbap ccba handbook important sections






My advice to you is to print these two chapters and read through them thoroughly.

CCBA / CBAP Handbook Overview Mindmap

By no means this post can be a substitute for reading the CBAP or CCBA Handbook. This is a strong call to action to read it. If you want to see at a glance all the topics covered in the CCBA / CBAP Handbook, you can download the following Mindmap. Or use this as a snapshot to reflect on some key information:

CBAP CCBA Handbook Overview Mindmap

CBAP / CCBA Handbooks Direct Links

IIBA CBAP Handbook

IIBA CCBA Handbook

To summarize,  ensure that you read the CCBA or CBAP Handbook. Go through section 5 and 6 with a fine toothed comb to understand the latest exam related information.

Have you read the CCBA or CBAP Handbook? What information you found useful or missing?
Please use the comment space below to leave your thoughts, and any other tips or questions you may have.
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Yaaqub Mohamed (Yamo), is the founder of The BA Coach community and host for the #1 ranked business analysis podcast in iTunes. He believes in adding relentless value to the BA community and advancing the practice.  He host this blog, and podcast to help business analysts throughout the world, do analysis better, by providing educational, relevant, and inspiring content. He's the author of 'The Five Pillars of a Great Business Analyst', best selling 'The Ultimate CBAP-CCBA Study Guide' and the creator of the revolutionary 'Ultimate BABOK Kit'. 

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8 Responses to “CBAP / CCBA Application Series – Step 2 of 7 – Read The CBAP / CCBA Handbook”

  1. […] Read This Holy Grail of Application Info for CBAP or CCBA – don’t skip this step. Just don’t. In this post you will learn about a very critical and easy step that a lot of the applicants miss. Taking this step can get you to the holy grail of application information. And, yes you can skip the 179 comments on LinkedIn to understand how to apply for CCBA or CBAP. […]

  2. Hi Yamo,

    I like your “CCBA / CBAP Handbook Overview Mindmap”. It is a nice visual representation of certification process (study, apply to become certified, apply to take test, schedule test, take test, pass test). What I found during my own certification journey (and yes, it is a journey, not a short 2 day “stay-cation”) is that half of the battle to becoming certified is getting to the point of sitting in front of the computer in the test room and actually getting to “take test”. Once you get to that point, the “pass test” is easy. Easy in a relative sort of way, to be sure.

    • Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo says:

      Absolutely true, Jeanette. It is indeed a journey isn’t it? I myself went through this “strenuous” initial path in the journey (application / prep) and now sharing some best practices with the community. The beauty of this journey is that once you are invested well in the first half, the exam becomes so much easier. :)

      Just out of curiosity, how long did you take to apply for CBAP?

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      ~ Yamo

  3. Very good point about ensuring people are going to the correct source of information. Instead of getting overwhelmed with discussion forums we can read the Handbook (that I never knew existed) for the one true source of information on the application process.


  4. […] you completed step 2 of the CCBA / CBAP Application tips series, you would have learnt that reading the BABOK is strongly […]

  5. […] Page Nr. 7 of the CBAP Handbook provides a detailed explanation of the eligibility requirements. In this post, I will provide some commentary to these, add info that seems to confuse a lot of applicants, and inject a few of the repeated questions I get from the CBAP/CCBA aspirants. […]

  6. Katie Metcalfe says:

    Great point about the handbook Yamo. One can get overwhelmed with discussion forums. I love the mind map!

    • Yaaqub Mohamed a.k.a Yamo says:

      Thanks, Katie. Yep!, there is lot of information and “personal opinions” that can be distracting when applying for the exam. It is best to go to the ultimate source of truth for these matters.

      Glad to know you liked the mindmap! :)

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