The PMI PROFESSIONAL IN BUSINESS ANALYSIS (PMI-PBA) is for all those who wish to advance and certify their skills in this important and growing area. The PMI-PBA covers the overall process of business analysis, where and how it fits in the project life cycle, and the business context.

The Certification Program is designed to provide you with the core skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to succeed as a Business Analyst in today's global marketplace. The Certification addresses real-world problems that business analysts face, demonstrate how to use business analyst techniques and tools, and use exercises to enhance the transfer of knowledge back to the participant's workplace.

The PMI-PBA  program focuses on analyzing current best practices from some of the most successful companies utilizing Business Analysis today. You will learn to better define and manage requirements, elicit information from stakeholders, analyze business processes and find innovative and efficient solutions to even the most challenging business problems.

PMI views business analysis as an essential capability that cascades across and throughout portfolio, program, and project management. As such, the PMI Guide to Business Analysis is aligned to A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide); The Standard for Program Management; The Standard for Portfolio Management; Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®) and the Agile Practice Guide. Business Analysis for Practitioners: A Practice Guide is a complement to this standard.

The Standard for Business Analysis mirrors a similar structure to The Standard for Project Management utilizing process groups and processes to describe the work. It discusses business analysis work via 35 processes distributed across six Business Analysis Process Groups including:

  • Defining and Aligning
  • Initiating
  • Planning
  • Executing
  • Monitoring and Controlling
  • Releasing

The guide provides guidance on how to effectively apply business analysis processes and practices to drive better business outcomes regardless of the industry, project size, or project type. It provides business analysis guidance for any delivery method including predictive (waterfall) and adaptive (agile). The PMI Guide to Business Analysis includes following six Knowledge Areas:

  • Needs Assessment
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Elicitation
  • Analysis
  • Traceability and Monitoring
  • Solution Evaluation

Prerequisites for PMI-PBA

  • Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate's degree or
  • 7,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams*
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis


  • Bachelor's degree or the global equivalent
  • 4,500 hours of business analysis experience
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams*
  • 35 contact hours of education in business analysis

*Project experience can include your business analysis experience. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required for the PMI-PBA.