What Do You Need To Apply For The PMI-PBA® Exam?

Business analysis has become a critically important competency of a project manager. So, it’s time to be the certified business analyst that your organization is in search of.  PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)® is built for those who wish to pursue a professional career in this field. This article discusses its prerequisites, targeted candidates, the exam fees and exam content outline.


To apply for the PMI-PBA®, you must fall into the two categories of candidates. If you hold a secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree), you must have 7,500 hours of business analysis experience and finish 35 contact hours of formal education in business analysis. If you hold a bachelor’s degree or the global equivalent, you must have 4,500 hours of business analysis experience and fulfill 35 contact hours of formal education in business analysis.


Your fees for payment depend on your PMI® membership status. You can take a look at the following table to see the difference between the certification fees of a member and a non-member.

Exam Administration Type Member Non-member
Computer-based testing (CBT)
Paper-based testing (PBT)
$405 $555
Reexamination CBT/PBT $275 $375
Certification renewal $60 $150



The exam contains 200 multiple-choice questions (175 scored and 25 unscored questions) with 4 hours to complete. The proportion of each domain in business analysis is allocated as follows:

Domain Percentage of questions
Domain 1: Needs Assessment (5 tasks) 18%
Domain 2: Planning (6 tasks) 22%
Domain 3: Analysis (8 tasks) 35%
Domain 4: Traceability and Monitoring (5 tasks) 15%
Domain 5: Evaluation (4 tasks) 10%


To maintain your certification, you must earn 60 PDUs in business analysis within a cycle of 3 years.

Irrespective of your experience and education, it is highly recommended that you put much effort in preparing for the exam. You can maximize your productivity by using various study methods such as courses, self-study and study groups.

*Source: ©2013 Project Management Institute, Inc. All rights reserved. PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA) ® Examination Content Outline.

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