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About the PMI-PBA Examination

Demand is growing for professionals experienced in business analysis.

The number of business analysis jobs is predicted to increase 19 percent by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This research indicates a growing need for skilled professionals.

Performing business analysis on projects and programs allows organizations to implement desired changes and achieve strategic objectives.

The PMI-PBA highlights your expertise in business analysis. It spotlights your ability to work effectively with stakeholders to define their business requirements, shape the output of projects and drive successful business outcomes.


Who should apply?

Business analysts who work on projects and programs, as well as project and program managers who perform business analysis as part of their role.

 

Exam Details

The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has answered the growing importance of business analysis in project management with a new credential, the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)SM. This designation recognizes expertise in business analysis, used as a technique for uncovering business needs, managing requirements, and creating effective solutions to business problems in order to improve the overall success of projects.

The PMI-PBASM certification requires a combined understanding of business analysis principles, practices, tools and techniques, as well as experience working on projects. This allows credential holders to exemplify a high level of professional credibility. Ideal candidates include practitioners responsible for stakeholders, are in charge of project and/or organizational requirements (including discovery and analysis), or who apply business analysis tools and techniques to enable project success.

To be eligible for the PMI-PBASM credential, applicants must meet the following qualifications, as designated by The Project Management Institute:

PMI-PBASM Certification Criteria

Educational Background BA Experience General Project Experience Training in Business Analysis Number of Questions Exam Length Credential Maintenance & Expiration
Secondary Degree (High School, Associated Degree or Global Equivalent) 7,500 hours (5 years) working as a practitioner of business analysis, earned in the last 8 years. *2,000 hours working on project teams, inclusive of the 7,500 hours of business analysis experience listed. Any business analysis experience that occurred within the context of a project can be included, if earned in the last 8 years. 35 Contact Hours, must have been earned in business analysis practices. 200 (175 scored, 25 not scored) 4 hours Every 3 years you must earn and report 60 Professional Development Units (PDUs), expires if not renewed
Bachelor's Degree or higher degree (or Global Equivalent) 4,500 hours (3 years) working as a practitioner of business analysis, earned in the last 8 years. *2,000 hours working on project teams, inclusive of the 4,500 hours of business analysis experience listed. Any business analysis experience that occurred within the context of a project can be included, if earned in the last 8 years.

* Note: Project managers who currently hold a PMP or PgMP credential may ignore the "General Project Experience" requirements outlined above, as PMI has determined active PMP or PgMP credential holders have already fulfilled them.

Applying for the Exam

More information on applying for the exam is available on the PMI website (www.PMI.org). Click the "Certification" tab on the main menu of the homepage, then choose "PMI-PBA Designation" in the quick links section. PMI is currently accepting applicants for the pilot program and will make applications available starting May 12, 2014.

The Examination

The examination is computer-based and is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions, with 175 of those questions scored and 25 considered pre-test questions which do not affect your score. These questions are randomly placed throughout the exam. The allotted time to complete the examination is four (4) hours. The examination is offered around the world at PMI®-approved testing centers. To find a testing center in your area please visit the PMI website. The current fees for the computer-based examination are as follows:

Applicant Status Examination Fee (US Dollars)
PMI® Member $405.00
PMI® Non-Member $$555.00


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