PBA Certification Process

Business analysis has become a competency of critical importance to project management. Becoming certified as a business analysis (BA) expert can move your career in a fresh direction while opportunities for BAs are on the rise.

Inaccurate requirements gathering consistently ranks in the top three causes of project failure yet only half of organizations have the resources in place to perform this function properly, according to PMI Pulse of the Profession research.

It’s time to become the certified expert your organization needs. If you work with stakeholders in defining requirements, shaping project outputs and driving intended business outcomes, the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) will spotlight your valuable skills.

You can find official information about PMI-PBA certification on the PMI website – PMI.org/certifications/Business-Analysis-PBA.


You need to work really hard to pass the PBA exam. Unfortunately, none of the training systems can guarantee a positive result. You will stay alone with a questionary in the examination room. Only you and your knowledge could help! All the notes, books, smartphone(s), or friend’s help will be left outside because it’s prohibited by the exam rules.

If you are not ready to make a significant effort for your future and demonstrating an insufficient commitment, it’s highly recommended to postpone the preparation. Do not waste your time and money.

The PBA certification requires you to meet the experience and educational levels before you apply. You will need to provide the details of this experience and education, so it’s best to gather and prepare this information before you open the application.

Prerequisites for PBA certification

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree)
  • 60 months of business analysis experience
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis


  • Bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent
  • 36 months of business analysis experience
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

If you don’t have a certificate for 35 contact hours earned in the topic of business analysis practices, you can generate one on KnowledgeMap:

To find out all the details about the PBA eligibility requirements, consult the PBA Handbook.

You can find more information about who should pursue the PMI-PBA Certification in this video:

Help your mates to become PBAs!

Write your comment below if you know the books, videos, articles, and tutorials, which help to meet the PBA eligibility criteria and pass the application process.

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