PMI® has recently launched its new PMI Professional Business Analyst Certification course. Since, not much is divulged about the course apart from PMI-PBA® Content Outline and PMI-PBA ® Handbook, professionals worldwide have lots of questions to be answered on the subject.
One of the most important and persistent queries I have been receiving since the time of launch is how to fill business analysis experience in the PMI-PBA® certificate application form.
Filling the Business analysis experience in the PMI-PBA® certificate application form is a 5 step process.
Step 4 and 5 are crucial for filling Business analysis experience in PMI-PBA® certification Application form. Now in step 4 step you need to divide your business analysis experience into 5 domains. PMI has grouped business analysis activities into 5 groups and named them as domain area. The below task list will help you visualize what these 5 domain areas are all about, this list is to provide you an idea of the domain activities it is not an exhaustive list.
Now, you have these five domains you need to visualize what day to day activities you performed during given project and then you have to distribute hours under these 5 domains. Many test takers gets confused how to distribute hours under these domains. In a given year you can take hours somewhere in between 1500-2000 which approximates around allocating 170-180 hours per month for the given project.
Here, the most intriguing question of all comes, how we distribute the hours to each domain (Step 4). Is PMI expecting some sort of specific percentage of hours per domain? PMI expects you to allot certain hours in each domain. For instance, in planning, traceability and monitoring, evaluation domain you may spend 10-20% of your time while the analysis domain may take 30-40% of your hours. I would recommend you to list all the activities per domain and then see which domain activities are dominant and then contribute hours according to the relevance.
Filling project case- now if you are a certified PMP® certified then PMI already recognizes you are already doing Project related activities. If you are doing PMI-PBA® certificate and are not a PMP® certified already then you need to demonstrate you have 2000 hours of experience working with the project teams.
The PMI-PBA® certificate is designed for the business analysts who are doing business analysis in a project environment. The PMI is looking for the integration of project management activities with business analysis activities. They expect a professional should have nearby 2000 hours of experience in working on a project. Here also you need to give your experience in the five steps, giving the title of the project, details of the organization, and contact details of the person. In the fourth step, however, unlike business analysis experience you need to give just one number for the hours of experience. Then you are required to give summary explaining you were involved in a project related business analysis or other activities in between 300-550 characters.
I hope this blog has sufficiently answered your all queries related to how to fill in business analysis work experience details in the PMI-PBA® exam Application form. Good Luck with your PMI-PBA® Certification Exam.
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