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QUESTION: Hi,
Myself Aashish & now studing Msc computer sci. I want to do a career as a business analyst & also i know for the certification it required exprience but i don't know the entry level path in a company to become a Business Analyst.

My friend suggested me the path from Oracle DBA or Data warehousing.

Because of my computer background i choose Information Technology (IT) area to become a BA.

So please suggest me the entry level in a company for data warehouse which help for my BA career.

please suggest me step by step entry levels in a company and needed certifications for become BA.

ANSWER: Aashish,
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Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®)

BUSINESS  ANALYST
Primary objective

Define information needs and business requirements in order to develop system specifications which will lead to the development of
optimal solutions.

Specific accountabilities

Gather relevant information for the software development team to ensure that systems proposals are funy analysed and
evaluated for their benefits and costs.

Propose alternative solutions and technologies which are likely to bring about timely and high quality systems solutions.

Develop and submit reports which identify the status of project resources, systems performance reviews and post implementation
audits.

Assist in the management of projects which are likely to bring about improved efficiency and functionality of business processes.

Bad relationsl~iips with users, technical staff and management to determine and resolve issues associated with systems implementation.

Analyse and document requirements by haising with a range of people including users and managers, drawing together information needs
across a distributed organisation.

Implement acceptance testing and user training plans to ensure the quality of the product as well as its smooth execution.

Maintain currency with developments in business systems including client server technologies, networking trends and business systems
software.

Matching indicators

Knowledge of the development, implementation and support of business systems and capacity to work with a range of personnel.

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Guide knowledge areas and underlying competencies.
Acceptable activities include:
• Hands-on business analysis activities (e.g., requirements gathering, writing requirements documentation, etc.).
• Coaching or mentoring business analysts with respect to business analysis activities (e.g., planning the requirements gathering process with the BA, reviewing requirements documents, etc.).
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The Certified Business Analysis ProfessionalTM (CBAP®) designation is a professional certification for individuals with extensive business analysis experience. With at least 7500 hours of hands-on BA experience, CBAP® recipients are the elite, senior members of the BA community.
•   Quick Links
•   CBAP® Handbook
•   CBAP® Online Application
•   CBAP® Paypal Payments
•   CBT Locations
•   Exam Registration & Payment Form
•   CBAP® Recertification Package
*Effective March 1st, the new remittance/mailing address for IIBA is:
701 Rossland Road East, Suite 356 Whitby, ON L1N 9K3 Canada
With over 1000 individuals in more than 30 countries achieving the CBAP® designation since the first Certified Business Analysis exam was held in November 2006, CBAP® recipients are experts in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine the best solutions. More and more companies are recognizing the CBAP® designation and the value and expertise these professionals bring to their organizations.
You will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® certification if you have an advanced level of knowledge and experience and are working in any of the following roles:
•   Business analysis
•   Systems analysis
•   Requirements analysis or management
•   Process improvement
•   Consulting
To earn the CBAP® certification, applicants must meet the following criteria:
•   Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with A Guide to the Business Analysis Book of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide) in the last 10 years
•   Minimum 900 hours in four of the six knowledge areas
•   Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
•   Two references from a career manager, client or Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) recipient
•   Signed Code of Conduct
Applicants are expected to review the CBAP® Handbook for complete information on application criteria, fees, and details on how to apply.
The purpose of this handbook is to provide Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) applicants and exam candidates the information needed to understand the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) organization and the process to become certified.
2.0 About International Institute of Business Analysis
IIBA® is an independent, non-profit professional association serving the growing field of business analysis. The IIBA mission includes the development and maintenance of standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification and recognition of its practitioners. IIBA is the first organization to offer the formal certification for business analysis professionals.
To facilitate the public recognition and certification of qualified practitioners, IIBA is responsible for:
• Creating and developing awareness and recognition of the value and contribution of the business analyst.
• Defining and maintaining the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) Guide.
• Identifying the required skills and competencies of a qualified practitioner of business analysis.
• Defining training and professional development standards.
• Identifying and endorsing education providers.
• Publicly recognizing and certifying qualified business analysts.

IIBA membership includes many important benefits to help support your development and career growth as a business analyst including but not limited to:
• Access to a free copy of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) Guide v2.0
• Free access to the Online Library of more than 300 books
• Discounted fee for IIBA certification exams
• Knowledge sharing and networking opportunities through the IIBA Community Network
• Access to exclusive IIBA monthly publications such as the IIBA BA Connection monthly newsletter and Quick Tips for Better Business Analysis™ e-Bulletin
• Eligibility to join a local IIBA Chapter
• Access to a free copy of the Business Analysis Competency Model
• Access to IIBA Webinars on a range of professional development topics
• Job search capabilities using the Career Center

•Free access to the Agile Extension to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) Guide
• Access to a free copy of the BABOK® Learning Guide
The formation of IIBA started in October of 2003, and was formalized at the organization's first Annual General Meeting in March 2004. IIBA is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and maintains a website at www.iiba.org.
2.1 IIBA Vision Statement
To be the world’s leading association for business analysis professionals.
2.2 IIBA Mission Statement
To develop and maintain standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of practitioners.
2.3 Fair & Equitable Policy
IIBA policies and procedures contribute to the development, oversight, evaluation and maintenance of fair and equitable certification and assessment. IIBA complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.
3.0 IIBA BABOK® Guide Overview
The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) Guide is the collection of knowledge within the profession of business analysis and reflects current generally accepted practices. The BABOK® Guide is defined and enhanced by the business analysis professionals who apply it in their daily lives. The BABOK® Guide describes business analysis areas of knowledge, their associated activities and tasks, and the skills necessary to be effective in their execution.
Since the BABOK® Guide is growing and evolving, each release must be considered a move toward the complete body of knowledge. Additions will be made periodically based on feedback and changes to generally accepted practices. While specific business analysis techniques may be referenced in the BABOK® Guide, the criteria for including information in the guide are that it is proven, generally accepted and widely applied. The BABOK® Guide is a reference for professional knowledge for business analysis and provides the basis for the CBAP® certification.
The BABOK® Guide is composed of six knowledge areas plus underlying competencies. For more information about the BABOK® Guide, please visit the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® section of the IIBA website.
About the CBAP® Certification
4.1 What is Certification?
There are many definitions of professional certification, but the general meaning involves the concept of a certifying organization approving the knowledge, experience, skills, and expertise of the certified individual.
Certification involves formal recognition of achievement after proving competency through an actual demonstration of a designated set of skills and/or knowledge.
A business analysis professional certification is of growing importance within business and information technology projects as the range and depth of required professional knowledge continues to expand.
The CBAP® certification process includes demonstrating the required experience, knowledge and competencies of a qualified practitioner of business analysis according to requirements designated by IIBA.
4.2 Definition of a Business Analysis Practitioner
The business analysis practitioner is responsible for identifying the business needs of his or her clients and stakeholders to help determine solutions to business problems.
The business analysis practitioner is responsible for requirements development and requirements management. Specifically, the business analysis practitioner elicits, analyzes, validates and documents business, organizational and/or operational requirements. Solutions are not predetermined by the business analysis practitioner, but are driven solely by the requirements of the business. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement or organizational change.
The business analysis practitioner is a key facilitator within an organization, acting as a bridge between the client, stakeholders and the solution team. Business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training, and documentation development. However, depending on the organization, a business analysis practitioner may perform some or all of these related functions.
4.3 CBAP® Certification Program Overview
A CBAP® recipient is an elite member of the business analysis community, and a recognized expert in identifying the business needs of an organization in order to determine business solutions. CBAP® recipients are senior BAs who have the skill and expertise to perform business analysis work on projects of various sizes and complexities. More and more companies are recognizing the CBAP® designation and the value and expertise these professionals bring to their organizations.
You will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® designation if you have an advanced level of knowledge and experience, and are working in any of the following roles:
• Business analysis
• Systems analysis
• Requirements analysis or management
• Process management
• Consulting
This certification program has been carefully designed to be in compliance with the International Standards Organization (ISO) 17024 standard for certifying the competence of personnel. The program is also intended to achieve ISO approval.
Certification applicants should be aware that the application process is a screening process for the exam. Therefore, applicants should be very familiar with the requirements for applying, and with the application process as described further in this handbook.
This CBAP® certification is targeted to senior business analysts only. IIBA’s Certification of Competency in Business Analysis™ (CCBA™) certification is for experienced business analysts who have acquired core BA skills.The certification examination is only offered in the English language; other languages may be included in the future.
A certification applicant is not required to be an IIBA member in order to take the certification examination, but IBA members receive discounts on certification exam fees.
4.4 Benefits of CBAP® Certification
Benefits to the individual may include:
• Competence in the principles and practices of business analysis.
• Participation in a recognized professional group.
• Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management.
• Advanced career potential due to recognition as a professional Business Analysis practitioner.
• Provides individuals with personal satisfaction of accomplishing a milestone in their BA careers.
• Certification can improve overall performance, remove uncertainty and widen market opportunities.
• The process of achieving and maintaining certification helps ensure you are continually improving and refining your activities.
• Potentially higher income for being formally recognized as an experienced BA professional. For more details, view this recent salary survey.
• Demonstrates knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective senior member of the business analysis community.

Benefits to the organization may include:
• Provides advancement and recognition opportunities for staff.
• Demonstrates to customers, competitors, suppliers, staff and investors that you use industry-standard business analysis practices.
• Demonstrates to your stakeholders that your business is run effectively.
• The regular assessment process will improve staff responsibility, commitment and motivation.
• Establishment and implementation of business analysis practices as outlined in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) Guide by individuals recognized as being knowledgeable and skilled.
• More reliable, higher quality results produced with increased efficiency and consistency by BA professionals who use industry standard BA techniques.
• Identifies professional business analysts to clients and business partners.

Offers professional development and recognition for business analysts.

Demonstrates commitment to the field of business analysis, increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project.
5.0 CBAP® Certification Requirements
Each CBAP® applicant must meet the requirements specified in this section to be eligible to write the exam.
To earn the CBAP® designation, applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Minimum 7500 hours of BA work experience aligned with the BABOK® Guide in the last 10 years
• Minimum 900 hours in each of four of the six knowledge areas
• Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development in the past four years
• Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP® recipient
• Signed Code of Conduct

If you don’t meet the requirements for the CBAP® certification, you may want to consider applying for the CCBA® designation.
5.1 Work Experience Requirement
7,500 hours (approximately five years) of business analysis work experience in the last ten years engaged in tasks specifically aligned with the knowledge areas and underlying competencies defined within the BABOK® Guide. The ten year time frame is based on the application submitted date.
The business analysis work experience can either be activities the applicant has applied directly OR activities the applicant has assisted others in applying—all activities must be aligned with the BABOK® Guide knowledge areas and underlying competencies.
Acceptable activities include:
• Hands-on business analysis activities (e.g., requirements gathering, writing requirements documentation, etc.).
• Coaching or mentoring business analysts with respect to business analysis activities (e.g., planning the requirements gathering process with the BA, reviewing requirements documents, etc.).

Activities that are not acceptable include:
• Non-supervisory management of business analysis activities (e.g., resource management, status reporting, performance management, etc.).
• Teaching of business analysis training courses.
• Selling requirements tools/software.
• Project management.
• Testing (e.g., creating and executing test scripts, reporting on testing status, creating test plans/strategies, etc.).
• Programming.

Neither the acceptable and unacceptable activities listed above are comprehensive. These are
The following table lists examples of work experience that will qualify and that will not qualify during the application assessment process. This is not a complete list. See below for instructions on how to document the work experience section of the application form. BABOK® Guide Knowledge Area    Work Experience that Qualifies    Work Experience that does NOT Qualify
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring    
o Creating requirements plan to feed into project plan
o Identifying and documenting requirements risks
o Reporting on requirements progress as input to project status report
  
o Creating project plan
o Identifying project risks

Elicitation    
o Facilitating requirements gathering workshop

Requirements Management and Communication    
o Walkthroughs and sign-offs of requirements package
o Preparing and conducting requirements presentation for senior executives
  
o Providing weekly project status reports
o Conducting design walkthroughs

Enterprise Analysis    
o Determining business objectives
o Creating business architecture
  
o Creating Project Charter
o Creating system or application architecture

Requirements Analysis    
o Functional requirements
o Non-functional requirements
o User requirements
  
o Creating service level agreements
o Creating and documenting design solution

Solution Assessment and Validation    
o Reviewing design document and ensuring requirements are met
o Reviewing test strategy, test plans and test cases to ensure requirements are met
o Supporting QA and testing team
o Reviewing defects and working with client to determine:
• Priority of fix
• Manual work around
  
o Creating design document
o Creating test strategy, test plan or test cases
o Executing testing
o Tracking and managing defects

Instructions for Documenting Work Experience:
1. The Work Experience section of the application form must be filled out by project as follows:
• For several small projects within the same year, those projects should be combined into one project. Indicate this on the application under Description.
• List projects in date order with the most recent project experience first.

It is mandatory that at least 7500 hours of BA related work in the last ten years has been documented in order to meet the application requirement.
• Resumes will not be accepted to complete this requirement.
• For each project, enter your Total BA Hours. These hours will count towards the minimum 7500 hours of business analysis work experience requirement and the minimum 900 hours in four of the six Knowledge Areas requirement. The Total BA Hours and the tasks you select must be aligned with the BABOK® Guide v2.0.
• For each project, from the list of tasks in the table, check off the tasks you have completed that are aligned with the BABOK® Guide v2.0. Do this for each of the six Knowledge Areas. You can select a task when you have either performed the task yourself or coached/mentored another business analyst in performing the task. For each Knowledge Area, indicate the percentage of the Total BA Hours you spent on the tasks you selected. The percentages across all of the Knowledge Areas must total 100 within a project.
• Note: Any tasks you select that are not aligned with the BABOK® Guide v2.0 will be removed and the corresponding hours will be deducted from your Total BA Hours. This could result in your Total BA Hours falling below the minimum 7500 hours required and/or the minimum 900 hours required in four out of the six Knowledge Areas. If either occurs, your application will be declined.
2. During the assessment process, the hours deducted for work experience the applicant selects that is not aligned with the BABOK® Guide are calculated as follows:
a) We take the percentage entered for a Knowledge Area (KA) and multiply it by the number of Total BA Hours entered for the project to determine the number of BA Hours for that KA.
b) We then subtract the percentage of invalid experience that is selected (i.e., experience not aligned with the BABOK® Guide) to total experience selected for that KA to come up with the valid BA Hours for that KA.
c) We do the same for all KAs.
d) Then we add up the valid Total BA Hours for KAs across all projects to ensure the applicant meets the 900 minimum hours requirement in four of the six KAs (see below for this requirement).
e) Finally, we add up the valid Total BA Hours across all projects to ensure the applicant meets the 7500 minimum hours requirement.
5.2 Knowledge Area Requirement
Demonstrated experience and expertise (i.e., a minimum of 900 hours) of business analysis work experience engaged in tasks specifically aligned with the BABOK® Guide in at least four of the six knowledge areas.
Note: This minimum of 900 hours in each of four out of the six Knowledge Areas are included in the minimum 7500 hours required for the Work Experience requirement above. This requirement ensures there is a breadth of work experience across the Knowledge Areas.
5.3 Education Requirement
High school or equivalent education. This is the minimum educational requirement.
Note: There will be no reduction in work experience for post secondary education
5.4 Professional Development Requirement
A minimum of 21 hours of professional development in the last four years. The professional development must be completed by the application submitted date and it must meet the following criteria to qualify:
1. It must be moderated/facilitated similar to a formal course (i.e., there must be a moderator for the session, or a facilitator/instructor who leads the group/individual through the material).
2. There must be a measurable learning objective (or set of objectives), and those must be directly applicable to the role of the business analyst (i.e., in terms of either changing behaviour or improving skills).
3. It cannot simply be a presentation on a specific topic:
a. There must be the opportunity for students to interact with the material (e.g., be able to ask questions, make the learning meaningful) AND
b. An opportunity to practice the task or objective being presented and, be assessed by the facilitator/moderator.
4. The subject matter must be directly related to business analysis or its underlying competencies as per the BABOK® Guide.

Note: IIBA endorsed courses as per the Endorsed Education Provider (EEP™) program automatically qualify towards the 21 hours of Professional Development for initial certification because they have already been assessed to ensure they meet the above criteria.
One hour of classroom/contact time is equal to one hour of Professional Development. Fractions of Professional Development hours may be reported in quarter (¼) hour increments after one full hour. If the Professional Development is less than one hour, it does not qualify for any credit.
5.5 Reference Requirement
Two references from a career manager, client (internal or external) or CBAP® recipient are required.
In addition:
• Include one current contact.
• All references must have known the applicant for at least six months.
• A career manager is defined by IIBA as the person who is responsible for providing and preparing the applicant’s annual performance review.
• Project managers cannot be references unless they are also the applicant’s career manager. The reference form must clearly indicate they fill both roles or the reference will not qualify.
• Only two references will be assessed during the application assessment process.
• It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the reference submits their form (either online or paper-based) in time to be considered for the exam date of interest and to do any necessary follow-up with their references.
6.0 CBAP® Application and Exam Process
Step 1: Applying for and Paying for CBAP® Certification
Step 2: Paying for the Exam
Step 3: Registering for the Exam
Step 4: Preparing for the Exam
Step 5: Taking the Exam
Summary of Fees

Application and Exam Fee    Member    Non-member
Application Fee (non-refundable)    $125    $125
Exam Fee    $325    $450


Other fees Fee    Member    Non-member
Exam Cancellation Fee (CBT)*    $50    $50
Exam Cancellation Fee (Paper-based)    $55    $55
Exam Re-write Fee    $250    $375
Exam Re-scoring Fee    $65    $65
Note:
1. All fees are payable in U.S. dollars (USD) plus GST/HST if you are a Canadian resident or a GST/HST registrant.
2. The application fee is not refundable regardless of whether an application is approved or declined.
3. Additional transaction fees may apply (see details in the sections below).
4. Application fee payments can be made by VISA, MasterCard, AMEX in the online application, or by cheque or money order and mailed in.
5. Exam fee payments can be made by Paypal, cheque or money order.
6. For payments made by cheque or money order please mail to:
Certification
3605 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 240-193
Marietta, GA 30066 U.S.A.
*The Exam Cancellation Fee is payable to the test administrator as per the instructions on the website at CBT Locations.
Confidentiality of Information
The CBAP® Application Form, exam results and all other CBAP® certification program-related materials are kept private and confidential. This information will not be disclosed to anyone other than the applicant without the applicant’s consent.
To request the release of an exam result to a third party, IIBA must be provided with a written request identifying which exam result may be disclosed and the person or organization to which the result should be disclosed. Any violation of the IIBA Confidentiality Policy will be subject to disciplinary action(s) as described in the IIBA Constitution.
Requests should be submitted to the address listed on our website at www.iiba.org.
Notwithstanding any other confidentiality obligation owed by the IIBA to the applicant, in the event that the applicant’s application fee and/or examination fee has been paid by a third party (“Sponsor”), the applicant hereby irrevocably authorizes and directs the IIBA to release Confidential Results Information to that Sponsor.
6.1 Step 1: Applying for and Paying for CBAP® Certification
To be eligible for the CBAP® designation, the applicant must:
1. Meet the above applicant requirements (see Section 5.0).
2. Complete the CBAP® Application Form online.
3. Determine two professional references that indicate suitability as an applicant for the CBAP® designation. The online application system will automatically send an email to the references requesting them to log in to the system to complete the reference process.
4. Agree to adhere to the CBAP® Code of Ethical Conduct & Professional Standards included in the online application.
5. Print a copy of the online application for recording purposes.
6. Submit the following:
a. The completed online application.
b. The application fee of $125 USD (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents) for all applicants (IIBA member and non-member) payable online by credit card with the online application, or by cheque or international money order to “International Institute of Business Analysis”. This fee is not refundable regardless of whether an application is approved or declined.
7. The system will display a message indicating that the application has been submitted to IIBA.
8. IIBA will assess the application for completeness and fulfillment of the CBAP® certification requirements and will notify the applicant, via email, of the results of this assessment within 21 business days of receiving the application and application fee.

9. If the application is approved, the applicant is eligible to write the CBAP® Exam at this time. NOTE – The applicant has a maximum of one (1) year from the date of their application approval and exam eligibility email to successfully pass the exam. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the application does not lapse.
10. If an application is declined, the applicant is not eligible to write the CBAP® exam at this time. The application assessment results email will include the reason the application was not approved. The exam fee, if submitted with the application package, will be refunded upon request or can be put towards the exam if the applicant intends on reapplying. The applicant may reapply for CBAP® certification after three (3) months of receiving their application assessment results email and after the applicant has remedied the reasons for the application being declined. The applicant may also appeal the Certification Body’s decision to decline the application; the Application Appeal process can be obtained by emailing certification@iiba.org.
6.2 Step 2: Paying for the Exam
The exam fee is $325.00 USD (for IIBA members) or $450 USD (for non-members) (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents). If paying the IIBA member fee, the applicant must be a member at the time of submitting their exam fee; otherwise, they must pay the non-member fee. The fee pays for the initial exam sitting. If the applicant does not pass the exam, they will not be reimbursed the exam fee.
A modification to the IIBA exam administration procedure may be requested due to disability, handicap or other condition that may affect the ability to sit for the exam. Special exam accommodation requests should be reasonable and not compromise the validity and reliability of the exam. If special accommodations are required to take the exam, please complete the relevant section of the exam registration and payment form. In addition, you may wish to provide further advance notice to IIBA such that more time is available to meet such accommodations.
Payment of the exam fee can be made:
1. By Paypal - a transaction fee of 3.5% of the total amount owing will apply.
a. For example: An exam fee paid via PayPal will cost an additional 3.5% (an additional $11.38USD for members and $15.75USD for non-members), plus Canadian GST/HST, if applicable.
b. There is no need to complete and mail in the Exam Fee Form if paying by PayPal.
c. If the exam fee payment is made via PayPal, any refund of the exam fee requested as a result of an application being declined will be via PayPal.

2. By cheque or money order made payable to “IIBA” and mailed to the IIBA address found on page 11. Please include the Exam Fee Form when mailing in your payment. Any exam fee refund requested as a result of an application being declined will be made by cheque.

IIBA is a Canadian Corporation. Please note that IIBA does not levy any additional service charges or fees. However, additional fees may be applied to this purchase if you reside outside of Canada. These fees are initiated, collected and kept by your credit card provider and are not refundable by IIBA. Fees are charged in
United States currency (USD) and your credit card provider will convert your purchase to your home currency on your credit card.
6.3 Step 3: Registering for the Exam
Once the exam fee has been processed by IIBA, there are two options to register for the exam:
a. Computer-based testing (CBT) of the exam at a dedicated test center.

The list of test centers is located at CBT Locations.
If the candidate would like to take the exam by end of 2012, the candidate will receive via email from Castle Worldwide, an admission letter (i.e., Notice to Schedule CBAP® Examination) which includes a User ID and Password to register online for the test center and test date of their choice. There will be a selection of monthly dates and times to choose from at most dedicated test centers. For test center locations in North America, up to four business days notice from registration is required to take the exam. For all other locations, up to 60 days notice from registration may be required to take the exam. After registering online for the exam, the applicant will receive, almost immediately, a confirmation email (i.e., IIBA – Scheduling Confirmation Notice) from Castle Worldwide. This email is the applicant’s admission letter and includes the exam logistics.
If the candidate would like to take the exam after December 31, 2012, the candidate should follow the instructions on the IIBA website at CBT Locations to register for the exam. A confirmation email will be sent to the candidate within one business day of registering. Candidates should check their spam folder if they have not received the confirmation email before calling the number on the Prometric website for further assistance.
If a location in or near your area is not listed on our website, email certification@iiba.org to inquire about other options available.
b. Hosted scheduled exams.

The hosted exam schedule is located at www.iiba.org. If space is available at the exam sitting requested, the approved applicant will be registered and notified of their registration by IIBA via email. Approximately two weeks prior to the exam date, the applicant will receive, via email from Castle Worldwide, an admission letter that includes the exam logistics.
6.4 Step 4: Preparing for the Exam
The following are recommendations from IIBA on how to prepare for the CBAP® exam. Note that following these recommendations does not guarantee passing the exam.
• Review the IIBA BABOK® Guide.
• Review the BABOK® Learning Guide found in the Online Library on the Community Network.
• Review Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the IIBA website.
• Review recommended resources on the IIBA website.
• Attend training, as needed.
• Find opportunities in day-to-day work to practice tasks by following the BABOK® Guide.
• Find a business analysis mentor.
• Join a study group.

• Network on the IIBA forum and/or attend local IIBA Chapter meetings.
• Review available study guide(s).
The CBAP® exam is 3.5 hours long and consists of 150 multiple choice questions with four possible answers to select from. Some questions are based on "comprehension" (e.g., definition, recall, etc.) and others are based on "situational analysis" (e.g., given a scenario, which is the best course of action) where the applicant must do a bit of analysis to arrive at the answer. It is neither all of one type or the other but covers a range of Bloom’s Taxonomy.
The current exam blueprint based on v2.0 of the BABOK® Guide is as follows: Knowledge Area    Percent of Questions
Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring    19.33%
Elicitation    14%
Requirements Management and Communication    16%
Enterprise Analysis    15.33%
Requirements Analysis    19.33%
Solution Assessment and Validation    16%
Please note that due to rounding error, the percentages above do not quite add up to 100% without rounding up.
6.5 Step 5: Taking the Exam
The final step in the Certification process is for the applicant to write and pass a comprehensive final examination, based on the BABOK® Guide that is designed to objectively assess and measure business analysis knowledge.
Exam Day Process
• Arrive on time for the exam.
• For CBT exams, the reporting time is indicated in the Scheduling Confirmation Notice.
• For paper-based scheduled exams, registration begins 30 minutes prior to the exam start time. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early.
• Provide the following when arriving at the exam:
o Admission letter or Scheduling Confirmation Notice if taking the exam by CBT.
o Current photo identification with signature (i.e., Driver’s license, Immigration card, Passport, State ID card, etc.) The candidate will NOT be admitted without proper identification.
o Two sharp #2 pencils with erasers if taking a paper-based scheduled exam.

Notification of Exam Results
For CBT exams, immediate scoring is available so the candidate will see their results on the screen within minutes of submitting the exam.
For paper-based exams, results are calculated and finalized within 30 days of the exam date. Notification will be received by email shortly after this 30 day period, at the latest, indicating pass or fail status.
Applicants who do not successfully pass the exam will be provided some guidance as to the Knowledge Areas that require attention in their results screen. In this case, the applicant is allowed to retake the exam one time within the one-year period from the date of application approval results email. However, the applicant must wait three months from the date of their last exam before retaking the exam.
If the exam is passed, the applicant is granted certification and may use the designation of “Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®)”.
Exam Cancellation Policy
If it is necessary to cancel and/or to reschedule an exam, the following is the exam cancellation process:
1. For CBT exams with Castle Worldwide:
o You must do so via Castle Worldwide’s online test scheduling system.
o If you cancel more than five business days before your exam date, you will be required to pay Castle Worldwide a $50 USD cancellation fee.
o If you cancel five business days or fewer before your exam date or, you cancel more than five days prior to the exam and you do not pay the cancellation fee to Castle Worldwide or, you fail to appear for your scheduled exam, you will forfeit the exam fee you paid (i.e., $325 or $450 USD). In addition, you will have to pay the full exam fee to IIBA to reschedule.
2. For CBT exams with Prometric:
o You must do so via Prometric’s online registration system.
o If you cancel 30 or more days before your exam date, there is no charge to you.
o If you cancel 5-29 days prior to your exam date, you will be required to pay Prometric a $50 USD cancellation/rescheduling fee.
o If you cancel less than five days before your exam date or, you fail to appear for a scheduled test or, you present yourself more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time for taking the test and you are refused admission, you will forfeit the exam fee you paid (i.e., $325 or $450 USD). In addition, you will have to pay the full exam fee to IIBA to reschedule.
3. For paper-based hosted exams, IIBA must be notified (email certification@iiba.org) as soon as possible. If notification is provided to IIBA less than 30 days prior to the exam date, an administration fee of $55 USD (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents) will be charged to the applicant and must be received by IIBA in order to reschedule.

7.0 Granting CBAP® Certification
If the CBAP® exam is passed, the applicant is granted Certification and may use the designation of “Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®)”. In addition:
• Another email will be provided after the results have been communicated with the CBAP® logo and letterhead, and the standards guide for using them.
• The email will indicate when the CBAP® recipient can expect to receive their Certification kit including the certificate and wallet card. These are printed and mailed out on a quarterly basis.
• A listing of all CBAP® recipients with their first and last name, city, province/state/territory and certification date will be posted on the IIBA website.
8.0 Re-writing the CBAP® Exam
If the applicant does not pass the CBAP® exam, he or she is allowed to retake the exam once within the one year period from the date of their application approval and exam eligibility email. However, they must wait three months from the date of their last exam before retaking the exam. In addition:
• The fee to retake the exam is $250 USD (for IIBA members) or $375 (for non-members) (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents). The applicant can make payment of the CBAP® Exam Re-Write fee following the same steps in Section 6.2. Exam registration is not done until IIBA receives the exam fee.
• If the applicant does not write and pass the exam within the one-year period, they must reapply (and pay full application and exam fees).

9.0 Maintaining CBAP® Certification and Recertification
All CBAP® recipients are required to meet continuing proficiency requirements in order to maintain their designation. Continuing proficiency is one of the important benchmarks of a quality certification program. The IIBA certification needs to be renewed every three years.
The CBAP® Recertification Handbook and related forms are posted on the IIBA website.
Updating Your Contact Information
It is the responsibility of each CBAP® applicant to advise of changes to their contact information (i.e., email address), by updating their Profile on the IIBA website. Failure to provide updated contact information to the Certification team may result in missed communications.
Note: Email communications from IIBA may inadvertently be blocked or forwarded to bulk mail folders by some spam filters. CBAP® recipients should, therefore, add certification@iiba.org to their personal address book in their email program to help ensure important certification program messages from IIBA, specifically those from the Certification team, are received.
9.1 Suspending or Withdrawing CBAP® Certification
The IIBA Certification Body reserves the right to revoke an IIBA CBAP® certification at any time after review of a reported professional misconduct or for a misuse of the CBAP® logo. The Certification Body also reserves the right to conduct random post-certification audits. All fees paid shall be forfeited in the event of a revoked or suspended certification. Those CBAP® recipients whose certification has been revoked will not be allowed to reapply for the CBAP® Certification for a period of time.
10.0 Audit of Candidate and CBAP® Information
Applicants and CBAP® recipients may receive a request from the IIBA Certification Body to validate any information on their application form. It is the applicant’s or CBAP® recipient’s responsibility to obtain and provide verification of any statements made within an application.
11.0 Resolution of Appeals & Complaints
CBAP® recipients and applicants for CBAP® certification may request a review of an adverse IIBA Certification Body action, decision, or determination. IIBA will investigate the appeal or complaint and provide notification of their resolution. Please contact certification@iiba.org for information.
Requests to rescore an exam requires prepayment of the $65.00 US (plus GST/HST for Canadian residents) rescoring fee before the rescoring can be completed.
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QUESTION: First, Thank's for your guidance.

But now i am confused in choosing between ORACLE DBA and other is ORACLE SAS Business intelligence.
What is preferable for my BA career begnning?

Can i go directly to the ORACLE SAS ?

Answer
AASHISH,
DBA   IS   AN  ADMINISTRATION  ORIENTED.

SAS   IS  ANALYSIS  ORIENTED.
HENCE  SAS  IS  BETTER  FOR  CAREER IN BA.




DBA   POSITIONS
Database Administrators
Each database requires at least one database administrator (DBA) to administer it. Because an Oracle database system can be large and can have many users, often this is not a one person job. In such cases, there is a group of DBAs who share responsibility.
A database administrator's responsibilities can include the following tasks:
•   Installing and upgrading the Oracle server and application tools
•   Allocating system storage and planning future storage requirements for the database system
•   Creating primary database storage structures (tablespaces) after application developers have designed an application
•   Creating primary objects (tables, views, indexes) once application developers have designed an application
•   Modifying the database structure, as necessary, from information given by application developers
•   Enrolling users and maintaining system security
•   Ensuring compliance with your Oracle license agreement
•   Controlling and monitoring user access to the database
•   Monitoring and optimizing the performance of the database
•   Planning for backup and recovery of database information
•   Maintaining archived data on tape
•   Backing up and restoring the database
•   Contacting Oracle Corporation for technical support
Security Officers
In some cases, a site assigns one or more security officers to a database. A security officer enrolls users, controls and monitors user access to the database, and maintains system security. As a DBA, you might not be responsible for these duties if your site has a separate security officer.
Network Administrators
Some sites have one or more network administrators. A network administrator can administer Oracle networking products, such as Oracle Net Services.

Application Developers
Application developers design and implement database applications. Their responsibilities include the following tasks:
•   Designing and developing the database application
•   Designing the database structure for an application
•   Estimating storage requirements for an application
•   Specifying modifications of the database structure for an application
•   Relaying the above information to a database administrator
•   Tuning the application during development
•   Establishing an application's security measures during development
Application developers can perform some of these tasks in collaboration with DBAs.
Application Administrators
An Oracle site can assign one or more application administrators to administrate a particular application. Each application can have its own administrator.
Database Users
Database users interact with the database through applications or utilities. A typical user's responsibilities include the following tasks:
•   Entering, modifying, and deleting data, where permitted
•   Generating reports from the data
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SAS
With SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications, you can browse, search, read, write and update data from Oracle's Business Suite. Including enterprise application data in your business analytics process is critical to empowering and driving accurate business decisions.
Easy-to-use wizards, metadata search features, packaged transformations and integrated data quality tools enable you to integrate relevant data to build the intelligence needed to optimize processes and decisions throughout your organization.
Benefits
•   Easily include data from enterprise applications in your analytics and business intelligence.
•   Maintain data security and integrity using native interfaces.
•   Manage data on an enterprise scale.
Features
•   Secure, easy access and integration of data from Oracle applications
•   Powerful metadata integrations and search capabilities
•   Centralized environment for enterprise data integration and data quality
•   Flexible query language and search support

•   Integrated and optimized for SAS environments. SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications provides an easy-to-use method for integrating enterprise application data into business intelligence. SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications is designed specifically for SAS environments, making it highly optimized in a way that no other solution can be.
•   Extensive data source and platform support. SAS provides the broadest level of support for third-party data sources, running on a broad range of platforms. Customers can trust that data from their ERP and CRM applications, running on any platform, will be integrated into their SAS Business Analytics environment. SAS is committed to supporting the most current releases of data sources and platforms, and is constantly expanding capabilities to support new and emerging data sources and platforms.
•   Flexibility. SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications offers customers the ultimate flexibility by supporting both business and technical users with a simple and easy way to access the data. A single solution that can be used by business and technical users gives organizations the ability and flexibility to adapt to changing analytical requirements and dynamic business demands.

Types of Oracle Users
The types of users and their roles and responsibilities at a site can vary. A small site can have one database administrator who administers the database for application developers and users. A very large site can find it necessary to divide the duties of a database administrator among several people, and among several areas of specialization.
This section contains the following topics:
•   Database Administrators
•   Security Officers
•   Network Administrators
•   Application Developers
•   Application Administrators
•   Database Users
Database Administrators
Each database requires at least one database administrator (DBA) to administer it. Because an Oracle database system can be large and can have many users, often this is not a one person job. In such cases, there is a group of DBAs who share responsibility.
A database administrator's responsibilities can include the following tasks:
•   Installing and upgrading the Oracle server and application tools
•   Allocating system storage and planning future storage requirements for the database system
•   Creating primary database storage structures (tablespaces) after application developers have designed an application
•   Creating primary objects (tables, views, indexes) once application developers have designed an application
•   Modifying the database structure, as necessary, from information given by application developers
•   Enrolling users and maintaining system security
•   Ensuring compliance with your Oracle license agreement
•   Controlling and monitoring user access to the database
•   Monitoring and optimizing the performance of the database
•   Planning for backup and recovery of database information
•   Maintaining archived data on tape
•   Backing up and restoring the database
•   Contacting Oracle Corporation for technical support
Security Officers
In some cases, a site assigns one or more security officers to a database. A security officer enrolls users, controls and monitors user access to the database, and maintains system security. As a DBA, you might not be responsible for these duties if your site has a separate security officer.
Network Administrators
Some sites have one or more network administrators. A network administrator can administer Oracle networking products, such as Oracle Net Services.

Application Developers
Application developers design and implement database applications. Their responsibilities include the following tasks:
•   Designing and developing the database application
•   Designing the database structure for an application
•   Estimating storage requirements for an application
•   Specifying modifications of the database structure for an application
•   Relaying the above information to a database administrator
•   Tuning the application during development
•   Establishing an application's security measures during development
Application developers can perform some of these tasks in collaboration with DBAs.
Application Administrators
An Oracle site can assign one or more application administrators to administrate a particular application. Each application can have its own administrator.
Database Users
Database users interact with the database through applications or utilities. A typical user's responsibilities include the following tasks:
•   Entering, modifying, and deleting data, where permitted
•   Generating reports from the data
Tasks of a Database Administrator
The following tasks present a prioritized approach for designing, implementing, and maintaining an Oracle Database:
Task 1: Evaluate the Database Server Hardware
Task 2: Install the Oracle Software
Task 3: Plan the Database
Task 4: Create and Open the Database
Task 5: Back Up the Database
Task 6: Enroll System Users
Task 7: Implement the Database Design
Task 8: Back Up the Fully Functional Database
Task 9: Tune Database Performance
These tasks are discussed in succeeding sections.
Task 1: Evaluate the Database Server Hardware
Evaluate how Oracle and its applications can best use the available computer resources. This evaluation should reveal the following information:
•   How many disk drives are available to Oracle and its databases
•   How many, if any, dedicated tape drives are available to Oracle and its databases
•   How much memory is available to the instances of Oracle you will run (see your system's configuration documentation)
Task 2: Install the Oracle Software
As the database administrator, you install the Oracle database server software and any front-end tools and database applications that access the database. In some distributed processing installations, the database is controlled by a central computer (database server) and the database tools and applications are executed on remote computers (clients). In this case, you must also install the Oracle Net components necessary to connect the remote machines to the computer that executes Oracle.

See Also:
For specific requirements and instructions for installation, refer to the following documentation:
•   Your operating system specific Oracle documentation
•   Your installation guides for your front-end tools and Oracle Net drivers.
Task 3: Plan the Database
As the database administrator, you must plan:
•   The logical storage structure of the database
•   The overall database design
•   A backup strategy for the database
It is important to plan how the logical storage structure of the database will affect system performance and various database management operations. For example, before creating any tablespaces for your database, you should know how many datafiles will make up the tablespace, what type of information will be stored in each tablespace, and on which disk drives the datafiles will be physically stored. When planning the overall logical storage of the database structure, take into account the effects that this structure will have when the database is actually created and running. Such considerations include how the logical storage structure database will affect the following:
•   The performance of the computer executing Oracle
•   The performance of the database during data access operations
•   The efficiency of backup and recovery procedures for the database
Plan the relational design of the database objects and the storage characteristics for each of these objects. By planning the relationship between each object and its physical storage before creating it, you can directly affect the performance of the database as a unit. Be sure to plan for the growth of the database.
In distributed database environments, this planning stage is extremely important. The physical location of frequently accessed data dramatically affects application performance.
During the planning stage, develop a backup strategy for the database. You can alter the logical storage structure or design of the database to improve backup efficiency.
It is beyond the scope of this book to discuss relational and distributed database design. If you are not familiar with such design issues, refer to accepted industry-standard documentation.
Task 4: Create and Open the Database
When you complete the database design, you can create the database and open it for normal use. You can create a database at installation time, using the Database Configuration Assistant, or you can supply your own scripts for creating a database.
Task 5: Back Up the Database
After you create the database structure, carry out the backup strategy you planned for the database. Create any additional redo log files, take the first full database backup (online or offline), and schedule future database backups at regular intervals.
See Also:
For instructions on customizing your backup operations and performing recovery procedures see either of the following:
•    
Task 6: Enroll System Users
After you back up the database structure, you can enroll the users of the database in accordance with your Oracle license agreement, create appropriate roles for these users, and grant these roles.
•    
Task 7: Implement the Database Design
After you create and start the database, and enroll the system users, you can implement the planned logical structure database by creating all necessary tablespaces. When you complete this, you can create the objects for the database.
Task 8: Back Up the Fully Functional Database
Now that the database is fully implemented, again back up the database. In addition to regularly scheduled backups, you should always back up your database immediately after implementing changes to the database structure.
Task 9: Tune Database Performance
Optimizing the performance of the database is one of your ongoing responsibilities as a DBA. Additionally, Oracle provides a database resource management feature that enables you to control the allocation of resources to various user groups.
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•   dynamic business demands.
With SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications, you can browse, search, read, write and update data from Oracle's Business Suite. Including enterprise application data in your business analytics process is critical to empowering and driving accurate business decisions.
Easy-to-use wizards, metadata search features, packaged transformations and integrated data quality tools enable you to integrate relevant data to build the intelligence needed to optimize processes and decisions throughout your organization.

BENEFITS
•   Manage data on an enterprise scale.
•   Easily include data from enterprise applications in your analytics and business intelligence.
•   Maintain data security and integrity using native interfaces.
•   Manage data on an enterprise scale.
FEATURES
•    000 Secure, easy access and integration of data from Oracle applications
•   Powerful metadata integrations and search capabilities
•   Centralized environment for enterprise data integration and data quality
•   Flexible query language and search support
How SAS® Is Different
•   Integrated and optimized for SAS environments. SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications provides an easy-to-use method for integrating enterprise application data into business intelligence. SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications is designed specifically for SAS environments, making it highly optimized in a way that no other solution can be.
•   Extensive data source and platform support. SAS provides the broadest level of support for third-party data sources, running on a broad range of platforms. Customers can trust that data from their ERP and CRM applications, running on any platform, will be integrated into their SAS Business Analytics environment. SAS is committed to supporting the most current releases of data sources and platforms, and is constantly expanding capabilities to support new and emerging data sources and platforms.
•   Flexibility. SAS Data Surveyor for Oracle Applications offers customers the ultimate flexibility by supporting both business and technical users with a simple and easy way to access the data. A single solution that can be used by business and technical users gives organizations the ability and flexibility to adapt to changing analytical requirements and dynamic business demands.

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