Take Your Business Analyst Career to the Next Level With a Certification

By Robert Half November 10, 2014 at 8:00am

Whether you’re interested in landing a job as a business analyst or you’ve already got one and want to advance your career, getting certified is a great way to pull ahead of the pack. But which certifications are most beneficial? What kind of benefits can you expect to gain from pursuing these credentials?

Read on to learn more about business analyst certifications that can help you get ahead.

Which certifications should I look into?

A valued designation is the certified business analyst professional (CBAP) from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), which requires 7,500 hours of relevant experience during the last decade. The IIBA also offers the certification of competency in business analysis (CCBA), which requires 3,750 hours of experience during the last seven years.

The PMI professional in business analysis (PMI-PBA) from the the Project Management Institute (PMI) requires 4,500 hours of experience during the last eight years for those holding a bachelor’s degree. It is a strong credential for both business analysts whose jobs involve projects and project managers who specialize in business analysis.

If your job includes software testing, the International Qualification Board for Business Analysis' (IQBBA) Business Analyst Certification from the American Software Testing Qualifications Board (ASTQB) may be worth considering.

What are the benefits of obtaining certifications?

While earning a business analyst certification will require time and money, the benefits resulting from this investment can stack up quickly. According to research from the 2015 Salary Guide from Robert Half, professionals with a certification can receive starting salary offers 5 percent to 15 percent above the market average.

Your employer may also be willing to send you to professional development events necessary for obtaining or maintaining your certification. Additionally, your certification will enhance your professional marketability for advanced roles and new opportunities.

Which business analyst certifications have you found to be the most valued? If you've obtained certifications, how have they boosted your career opportunities and satisfaction? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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