Plans to set up a professional certification system for business analysts could come to nothing because of poor response to a call for candidates to sit the first exam, which is scheduled for the end of the year.
The International Institution of Business Analysts (IIBA) is willing to conduct an examination in New Zealand, but insists that at least 20 candidates be found to make it worthwhile. Despite good attendance at an information seminar, held in April, only 10 candidates have so far signed up, says local IIBA representative Paul Ramsay. This means it’s not certain the examination will go ahead.
The original schedule called for applications to be in by May 14. Ramsay believes the chief problem is simply pressure on analysts’ time. Some analysts have said they can’t spare the time to fill in the complex application form, which requires them to account for 7,500 hours of relevant work over the past 10 years, along with their regular workload.
The push to get the first batch of New Zealanders to sit for the Certified Business Analysis Professional (or CBAP) examination will go on, says Ramsay. The first exam will be scheduled as soon as 20 candidates have been found.