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Certification Overview

Certified Business Architect (CBA)® Program

The Business Architecture Guild offers a certification program that measures a business architect’s competencies and confers the designation of Certified Business Architect (CBA)® to those individuals who demonstrate recognized proficiency. An individual who has passed the certification exam will be designated as a Certified Business Architect® and be able to display the CBA® designation on their credentia.

Business architecture certification provides a wide range of benefits for the field, for businesses who benefit from the practice and for the individual practitioner. The CBA® program furthers the advancement of business architecture as a discipline and profession. The business architecture discipline and practice has moved well beyond the early growth years and is now being practiced and leveraged worldwide across a wide range of industries and organizations.The CBA® program reinforces this evolution and growth. The program additionally furthers the advancement of business architecture as a discipline and profession by formalizing the yardstick for professional competencies based on a defined framework and well-articulated set of practices.

The CBA® program benefits organizations in a variety of ways. It helps businesses:

  • Define job descriptions for professionals practicing business architecture
  • Assess job candidates, set internal standards and gauge employee performance
  • Structure programs that enable practitioners to enhance their knowledge and job skill
  • Formalize training and a growth path for practitioners

The CBA® program benefits individual practitioners as well. It enables the practitioner to:

  • Demonstrate a high degree of competency in a rapidly growing field
  • Increase his/her value in the overall marketplace
  • Indicate that he/she has mastered certain skills that are valued by employer
  • More effectively demonstrate the maturity and value of the profession to management and peers

Finally, the CBA® program demonstrates the Business Architecture Guild’s commitment to our overall mission and the worldwide community we serve. In order to do this, the Guild has established an exam that adheres to rigorous standards within the field. The CBA® program was developed based on the following:

  • Formal framework in use on an industry-wide basis
  • Formally vetted testing categories that covers a wide range of competencies
  • Professional practitioner question writers and peer reviewers
  • Reviews and vetting by industry experts and exam writing experts
  • Formal psychometric reviews at various stages of evolution Beta testing and formal, statistical evaluation of beta results as input to the final exam
  • Worldwide exam availability through Pearson VUE, a leader in certification exam delivery. 

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