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DECx: Chartered Blockchain Analyst - CBA®️ Level 1

Developed by DEC´s global consortia of leading higher education institutions and industry players, the Chartered Blockchain Analyst - CBA®️ Level 1 MOOC is a preparatory course for the CBA®️ Level 1 examination and charterholder title, which assesses and proves an individuals interdisciplinary knowledge on Blockchain technology, related to technological, business & economics, as well as legal & regulatory aspects.

4 weeks
3–4 hours per week
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Starts Feb 21
Ends May 3

About this course

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The blockchain market has changed how organisations share and transact data, and individuals perceive data ownership and transparency towards suppliers. New corporate ecosystems and collaborations push innovators to experiment with new business models. At the same time, regulators define boundaries and frameworks for applying this new technology.

However, the industry lacks professionals with well-founded knowledge and experience to apply blockchain technology in the right context. The Chartered Blockchain Analyst - CBA®️ addresses this gap with a holistic certification programme developed with leading academic and industry players.

The CBA®️ has been designed for for professionals with backgrounds in enterprise, healthcare, public services, utilities and supply chain, in all functions and at all levels of responsibility. The CBA® Level 1 Preparatory Course is also accredited by The CPD Certification Services.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills:Supply Chain, Technology Ecosystems, Economics, Blockchain, Higher Education, Public Service, Experimentation

What you'll learn

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The CBA®️ Level 1 MOOC is a preparatory course which comprises three macro-modules, aligned with all other preparatory materials offered by DEC Institute (exam syllabus, study booklet, practice questions and tests). These 3 macro-modules consist of the following modules:


In this section, we explore 18 topics, including Blockchain History, Blockchain Principles, Databases, Ledgers & DLTs, Cryptography, Consensus Mechanisms, Blockchain Architectures, Blockchain Technology Stack, Smart Contracts, Cryptocurrencies, Tokens, Blockchain Protocols, Wallets, Privacy, Scalability, Interoperability, Decentralized Applications, Decentralized Autonomous Organization, and Oracles.


In this section, we explore 14 topics, including Blockchain and the Internet, Innovation, Disruption & Adoption Principles, Blockchain Ecosystems, Blockchain Economics, Tokenisation in Business, Decentralized Applications in Business, Blockchain Governance in Business and DAOs, Blockchain and Sustainability, Application Areas in Traditional Financial Services, Decentralised Finance (DeFi), Application Areas in Non-Financial Service Sectors, Application Areas of Non-Fungible-Tokens (NFTs), Supply Chain and Self Sovereign Identity (SSI).


In this section, we explore 7 topics, including Legal and Regulatory Treatment of Cryptoassets, Legal & Regulatory Standing of Blockchain Technology, Legal Status of Smart Contracts, Challenges of Regulating DLT, Competition Law and Antitrust, Blockchain and Regtech and GDPR & Other Data Regulations.

After completing this MOOC, candidates can register for the CBA®️ Level 1 examination at PearsonVUE through the website of DEC Institute, where they can download and study additional preparatory material (mandatory reading: Study Booklet CBA®️ Level 1), which will be required to successfully pass the examination and obtain the CBA®️ I designation.

Learner testimonials

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"Most knowledge in the blockchain space is self-taught. Certification through the DEC Institute establishes an education standard, which serves as a useful calibration for test candidates, companies and blockchain educators alike." - Susanne Fromm, General Partner at Vanagon Ventures

"Finally those professionals who have been working in the industry and learning by themselves can certify and prove their expertise." - Marcel Niederberger, CEO Ficas AG

" DEC Institute´s charter titles enable us to proof our team’s expertise in front of clients in this new space." - Dr. Stefan Reidt

Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I need a CBA®️ I chartholder title?

Proving your knowledge and expertise in front of clients, employers, industry peers, recruiters and regulators can be difficult in the Blockchain, Digital Assets & Web3 space, as topics are interdisciplinary, evolving quickly and require access to widespread and not easily accessible information. As a charterholder of DEC you can prove that you have what it takes to claim yourself as a professional, and you can access the right network and resources which allows you to remain up to date with latest developments and professional practices.

What is the target group of either CBA®️ or CDAA®️?

CBA®️: for professionals with backgrounds in enterprise, healthcare, public services, utilities and supply chain, from all functions and levels of responsibility.

CDAA®️: for professionals with backgrounds in finance, banking, asset management and trading, from all functions and levels of responsibility.

What does CBA® or CDAA® examination cost?

Level 1: € 437

Level 2: € 299

Level 1 & 2: €699

These prices include the Study Booklet with sample questions. The MOOC preparatory courses have a separate pricing as per You can register by acquiring the CBA® or CDAA® exam access on DEC´s website.

Is there an exam at the end of the MOOC?

No, you are free to decide if you want to take the CBA® or CDAA® exam after the MOOC is completed. You need to register on DEC´s website for the exam.

Do I get a certification after the MOOC?

Yes, you get a "Certificate of Completion" on the verified track, which is attesting that you have participated and completed the MOOC. Please note that this does not qualify you as either CBA® or CDAA® charterholder. For this, you need to pass the CBA® or CDAA® examination at DEC Institute.

What organisation issue the CBA or CDAA chartholder title?

The CBA® and CDAA® are issued mutually by both the DEC Institute and the DEC Association. Both charter, the CBA® and CDAA®, are registered trademarks.

What is a CBA and CDAA charter?

A CBA® and CDAA® charter are designations given to those who have completed the CBA® and CDAA® Program Level 1 & 2.

The CBA® and CDAA® Program are two-part exams that test the fundamentals of Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Digital Assets and Web3 related to technology, business & economics, and legal & regulatory aspects. DEC charterholders earn the right to use the CBA® and CDAA® designation after program completion and membership registration.

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