No doubt The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) is the leading institute for business analyst certification. Similarly, when it comes to project managers professional certification, the Project Management Institute (PMI) is king. IIBA membership only comes to play because of the cost associated with their certifications as well as PMI’s.

Of the five IIBA courses relating to business analyst certification, namely entry certificate in business analysis (ECBA), certification of capability in business analysis (CCBA), certified business analysis professional (CBAP), agile analysis certification (AAC) and certification in business data analytics (CBDA) none has equal certification cost for members and non members. This makes the IIBA membership desirable and there are certain benefits that goes with membership aside discounts for certification.

IIBA Membership Discount

Though there is an IIBA membership fee, the discount to be enjoyed along with other benefits makes becoming a member worth it. For instance, while the ECBA certification cost for members is $110, non members pays $235.See the discount details for all IIBA business analyst certifications below.

ECBA Certification

  • ECBA certification cost: $110 for members, $235 for non-members
  • Retake cost: $89 for members, $195 for non-members
  • Re-certification cost: NA

CCBA Certification

  • CCBA certification cost: $325 for members, $450 for non-members
  •  Retake cost: $250 for members, $375 for non-members
  • Re-certification cost: $85 for members, $120 for non-members

CBAP Certification

  • CBAP certification cost: $325 for members, $450 for non-members
  • Retake cost: $250 for members, $375 for non-members
  • Re-certification cost: $85 for members, $120 for non-members

 AAC Certification

  • AAC certification cost: $250 for members, $375 for non-members
  • Retake cost: $200 for members, $325 for non-members
  • Re-certification cost: $30 for members, $50 for non-members

 CBDA Certification

  • CBDA certification cost: $450 for members, $575 for non-members
  • Retake cost: $400 for members, $525 for non-members
  • Re-certification cost: $30for members, $50 for non-members

From the above, the IIBA membership discount for certification and re-certification is $125.

IIBA Membership Cost

The IIBA membership cost varies by region. That means depending on the classification your country belongs, you may pay higher to be a member. Below is the membership fees by region.


Membership Renewal: $110 USD.  One Time Application Fee: $15 USD.

Region 1 countries: Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Norway, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, US.

Membership Renewal: $75 USD.  One Time Application Fee: $10 USD.

Region 2 countries: Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Aruba, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Gabon, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea, Dem People’s Rep, Korea, Republic Of Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Fed States Of Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, New Caledonia, Nigeria, Northern Mariana Islands, Oman, Palau, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, St Vincent and Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia.

Membership Renewal: $50 USD.  One Time Application Fee: $5 USD.

Region 2 countries:  Afghanistan, Aland Islands, Anguilla, Antarctica, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Bouvet Island, British Indian, Ocean Terr, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Chad, China, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Congo, The Dem Rep Of The Cook Islands, Cuba, Djibouti, Ecuador, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Is (Malvinas), French Guiana, French Southern Terr, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Heard Is and McDonald Is, Holy See (Vatican City), Honduras, India, Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Dem Republic, Macao, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Republic Of Mongolia, Montserrat, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Niue, Norfolk Island, Pakistan, Palestinian Territory, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn, Reunion, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint-Barthelemy, Saint-Martin, San Marino, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Georgia and the SSI, Sri Lanka, Svalbard and Jan Mayen, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, United Republic, Thailand, Togo, Tokelau, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, US Minor Outlying Islands, Uzbekistan, Viet Nam, Virgin Islands, British, Wallis and Futuna, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zimbabwe.

IIBA Membership Benefits

  • Join thousands of business analysis professionals in over forty countries worldwide.
  • Access to PDF publications and our Online Library – featuring 250 titles
  • Access to all articles, industry papers, reports and webinars.
  • Connect with other members at local or international conferences and Chapter events
  • Join a local IIBA Chapter to collaborate and be involved in moving the BA profession forward
  • Save up to 30% on globally recognized professional certifications
  • Discounts on conferences

What is more, IIBA membership grants about the same benefits as PMI membership. However, PMI membership comes with access to global job opening opportunities.

IIBA Related Frequently Asked Questions

What is IIBA?

IIBA stands for International Institute of Business Analysis. The institute is a non for profit professional association that was formed in October 2003. It was created to support and promote business analysis with headquarters in Oakville, Canada.

Is IIBA membership compulsory?

No. IIBA membership is not compulsory but there are benefit members enjoy

What are the IIBA membership benefits?

Members enjoy $125 discount on certification and other benefits.

What is CBAP?

CBAP stands for Certified Business Analysis Professional

What is CBAP certification?

Certified business analysis professional (CBAP) is a high level certification for business analyst administered by IIBA. It comes ahead of the ECBA and CCBA certifications.

Is CBAP certifications worth it?

The value of a thing is never universal, as some may esteem something of extreme importance to others low. Be that as it may, IIBA certification are very important if you wish to grow your career as a business analyst and get recognized globally. 

What is retake in IIBA certification?

Because these certifications confers global recognition and high prestige, the exam is a bit difficult. If you do not prepare well, likelihood is that you will fail the exam. If that happens, you will be required to pay to retake the certification exam again. That is why adequate preparation and prep class training is necessary.

What is recertification in business analyst certification?

Recertification is the process of keeping your business analyst certification up to date. This is necessary because new methods of solving issues are developed every now and then and there is need to keep up with new trend to be at your best. Re-certification therefore is a validation of your business analyst certification. This takes place every 3 years after certification.

It’s just renewing your certificate. To maintain your globally recognized business analyst certification, you must be ready to continue to learn, grow and increase in knowledge. This demonstrates your commitment to your career growth and excellence.