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My Journey to Become a CBAP…. Presented by: Paula R. Maychruk, B.V/TEd., CAPM, CBAP Business Analyst. First Steps…. Become an IIBA member Download the BABOK and start reading Find & join a CBAP study group, or start your own Begin preparing the CBAP application. IIBA Membership Benefits.

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my journey to become a cbap

My Journey to Become a CBAP…

Presented by:

Paula R. Maychruk, B.V/TEd., CAPM, CBAP

Business Analyst

first steps
First Steps…
  • Become an IIBA member
  • Download the BABOK and start reading
  • Find & join a CBAP study group, or start your own
  • Begin preparing the CBAP application
iiba membership benefits
IIBA Membership Benefits
  • Free, unlimited access to the BABOK, job postings, and other website content
  • Local, national and international networking opportunities
  • Ability to influence the growth and direction of the business analysis profession
local chapter membership benefits
Local Chapter Membership Benefits
  • Discounts on local chapter events and training opportunities
  • Access to local CBAP study groups (next one in January, 2009)
  • Access to borrow exam prep materials
  • CBAP exam discount for the first 25 eligible applicants in Saskatchewan
download the babok
Download the BABOK
  • Visit
  • Click on Professional Development
  • Choose Business Analysis Body of Knowledge from the menu
  • The final version (1.6) is available only to IIBA members
  • Solution & Assessment KA
find a cbap study group
Find a CBAP Study Group
  • Previous session ran January through June, 2008
  • Next session will begin in January, 2009
  • Please contact either Paula Maychruk or Cindy Radford if interested
begin the cbap application
Begin the CBAP Application
  • 21 hours of professional development in the last four years
  • Show expertise in 4 of 6 Knowledge Areas
  • Experience:
    • Resumes will not be accepted
    • Must be listed by project
    • 7,500 hours of BA-related work in the last ten years
preparing the application
Preparing the Application
  • Begin the application at least 2 months before you plan to apply
  • It can take anywhere from 6-10 hours to complete
  • Download and review the CBAP Handbook before you begin
  • Suggest you apply within 6 months of when you plan to write
application process
Application Process
  • Can take up to 30 days to receive approval and your candidate ID
  • Must book (and pay for) the exam within 60 days of when you will write
  • Current application is paper-based
  • Online CBAP application expected to be available February, 2009
certification benefits
Certification Benefits
  • Designation recognized by international governing body, similar to PMI
  • Non-industry specific designation
  • Growing trend in BA job applications across Canada
  • Business Analysts in high demand
exam breakdown
Exam Breakdown
  • 22.0% - Enterprise Analysis
  • 22.7% - Req. Planning & Management
  • 18.7% - Requirements Elicitation
  • 20.7% - Req. Analysis & Documentation
  • 10.7% - Requirements Communication
  • 5.3% - Solution Validation & Assessment
what does the exam cover
What Does the Exam Cover?
  • BABOK version 1.6
  • Experience
  • Any BABOK reference material
    • Footnotes
    • Internet sources
    • Other books
    • “Common knowledge”
exam format
Exam Format
  • 150 multiple guess questions
  • 3.5 hours
  • Definition and scenario-based questions
  • Electronic exam is now available at the Wascana Testing Center in Regina!!!
my study plan
My Study Plan
  • Read the BABOK once through (speed-read) to get a sense of the content
  • Through my study group, read in detail approx. 30-50 pages every 2 weeks
  • A month before the exam, started using the study guide to prepare
  • Two weeks before, began memorizing specific content
study tips
Study Tips
  • Break the BABOK into manageable pieces
  • Practice questions were very helpful
    • Reviewed all wrong answers in detail
    • Reviewed all other answer choices
  • Matrices can help organize information
example study question
Example Study Question
  • A type of modeling that provides a visual representation of the business area under consideration is a:
    • Component Business Model
    • Domain Model
    • Class Model
    • Use Case Model
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Example Study Question
  • The person who is responsible for determining the technical direction or solution of the project is the:
    • Developer
    • Application architect
    • Database designer
    • Infrastructure analyst
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Example Study Question
  • After the number of phases for a project has been decided, what should a BA do next?
    • Review the features & functions list
    • Map requirements to the respective design phases
    • Update the traceability matrix
    • Recommend improvements for the phases
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Example Study Question
  • A requirements package may contain all of the following, except:
    • A partial list of requirements
    • Table of contents
    • Revision log
    • Work product
practice exam tips
Practice Exam Tips
  • Took practice exam 3 times
    • All the way through to see where I was at (before my in-depth preparations began)
    • In pieces as I prepped using the study guide
    • The night before the real test
test taking tips
Test Taking Tips
  • Activities, Tasks, Techniques – know that order in which they are performed and how they relate
  • Simplify the terminology for yourself
  • Any topics you are unfamiliar with – do detailed research to help solidify the concepts (e.g. business architecture, use cases, etc.)
study tricks
Study Tricks
  • Types of Architecture: BIAST
  • Planning a Feasibility Study: PM BRAIN WORK
  • Elicitation Techniques: PRO BID FIRS
  • Verify Requirements = quality (clear, correct, complete, consistent – 4 c’s)
  • Validate Requirements = meet the need (solution-oriented)
endorsed training opportunities in regina
Endorsed Training Opportunities in Regina
  • 4-day “Business Process Reengineering for Competitive Advantage” (January 13-16, 2009 - few seats remaining)
  • 3-day “Mastering Requirements Management with Use Cases” (early April, 2009)
  • 3-day “The Business Analyst’s Course” (late April, 2009)
  • 5-month “Master’s Certificate in Business Analysis” (next intake will be Fall, 2009)
exam prep materials
Training Unplugged

$159.00 USD

108 practice questions

Sample exam – 75 questions

Also offer a 3-day exam prep class

Also offer online exam prep questions

30-day subscription = $99 USD

90-day subscription = $199 USD

B2T Training

$149.00 USD

300 practice questions

Sample exam – 150 questions

Also offer BA “certification”

Exam Prep Materials
upcoming cbap prep sessions
Upcoming CBAP Prep Sessions
  • December 9, 2008
    • “Preparing the CBAP Application”
  • Mid-January, 2009
    • CBAP Study Group Kick-off