Certification in Business Data Analytics – CBDA

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All about the IIBA Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA® CBDA)

The new Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA® – CBDA), is the first data analytics certification provided by the International Institute of BA (IIBA),  Canada. Analytics is a high growth area, and IIBA foresees this trend to continue.

CBDA recognizes a Business Analyst Practitioner’s ability to effectively execute analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives and is an indication of one’s commitment, passion, and competency in performing business analysis on analytics initiatives. Soon, CBDA will become the most sought-after certification for business analysts engaged in Data Analytics initiatives to excel in the corporate world.

The IIBA®- CBDA exam is closely aligned to the Guide to Business Data Analytics and tests one’s ability to answer questions focused on real-world scenarios.

Benefits of Becoming an IIBA-CBDA.

  • The analytics approach has gained tremendous popularity over the last  decade
  • Enables one to derive better insights from data and guides in better and informed decision making
  • Recognizes a BA’s competency in the analytics space
  • Better job prospects
  • Better salary
  • PD Hours can be used for CBAP / CCBA recertification


This certification is suitable for BA professionals with mid-level experience,  possessing the skills to effectively perform business data analytics initiatives, and can demonstrate experience in:

  • Translating business problems into questions that analytics can answer
  • Using analytics results to identify viable options
  • Explaining technical results to non-technical stakeholders
  • Visualizing data and translate results via data storytelling
  • Building and demonstrating empathy for the customer

However, IIBA has not provided any eligibility criteria for this exam and anyone can take this examination – Business analysts, Consultants, Trainers,  Project managers, Testers, Developers, Current CBAPs, and CCBAs.

The IIBA-CBDA Exam Pattern

The IIBA-CBDA exam comprises of questions from six blueprint domains out of which 5 domains are discussed in IIBA’s Introduction to Business Data Analytics:  A Practitioners View and one domain are discussed in IIBA’s Introduction to  Business Data Analytics: An Organizational View.

More Details about the IIBA-CBDA Exam pattern include

  • 2-hour long remote online proctored exam
  • 75 multiple-choice questions.
  • Scenario-based questions.
  • Mostly IIBA checks for success in each domain area and overall
  • It is a competency-based exam and is aligned with IIBA’s Introduction to  Business Data Analytics: A Practitioners View/An Organizational View

IIBA CBDA Certification Exam Location/Cost 

You can take the CBDA certification exam from home with PSI Online Exams.  You just need to have a video camera and internet connectivity on your PC/Laptop. More information can be found here.

The IIBA-CBDA Certification Cost has the below components:

  • IIBA member
  • Non Member
  • Exam Fee
  • Retake Fee
  • Recertification Fee

The IIBA membership fee varies as per the country of residence. More information can be found here.

Quick Facts

  • Course ID: EL/CBDA/01
  • Level: Basic
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Professional Development Earnings:32 PDUS | 32 CDUS | 32 PD Hours
  • Training Cost: Nigeria: ₦120,000| Canada: $1,200
  • Minimum Class Size: 8
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Available Locations: Lagos | Calgary | Abuja | Port Harcourt | Dubai | Online

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