A cert to help with IT/business alignment?

QAI Global Institute of Orlando, Florida, is now offering a cert that can help IT pros bridge the IT/business gap.

Readers of this blog know that I often emphasize the need for IT pros to understand and be able to communicate with the business side in their companies. Many people have asked if there is a formal training mechanism to do this. Here is a cert that addresses this need. I'd like to hear from anyone who's taken the training and can talk about its efficacy. In the meantime, here are the details:

The Certified Associate Business Analyst (CABA) cert helps you bridge the knowledge gap between business and IT by using a Common Body of Knowledge. Having this cert on your resume shows that you have a professional level of competence in the principles and practices of the business analyst profession.

The CABA is a vendor-specific certification offered by QAI Global Institute of Orlando, FL. Here are the initial and ongoing requirements, according to

Initial requirements:

You must hold a 3 or 4 year degree from an accredited college-level institution; hold a 2 year degree from an accredited college-level institution and have 1 year of experience in the information services field; OR have 3 years experience in the information services field.

You must then submit a Certification Candidacy Application and non-refundable application fee ($200). Finally, you must pass a two-part exam.

The exam has a 2 hour time limit. A passing score of 75% is required.

Continuing requirements:

You must recertify every three years by taking an exam ($200) or by submitting a Recertification Journal which contains at least 120 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits ($100).

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