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STOP and read the latest update: UPDATE – SAP BusinessObjects Certification Exam Realignment (Announcement and FAQ).

 

Important Message regarding SAP BusinessObjects Certification Exams

 

In today’s highly competitive market, individuals who demonstrate that they possess essential business and technological skills enjoy a significant advantage over their peers. This is particularly true if your expertise includes SAP and SAP BusinessObjects software. Your proven knowledge of SAP applications and technology is your passport to a wide range of opportunities. Whether you are a consultant or an employee, your skills are in great demand, and validation of those skills is critical.

 

Today’s businesses are taking a hard look at their investments and the returns they generate. Part of that scrutiny focuses on the proficiency and proven capabilities of the people they choose to implement and operate their SAP applications. To accelerate your career, you need to demonstrate that you are part of an elite group that has the talent and experience required to optimize SAP software.

 

The SAP certification program provides that competitive edge.  Those who hold SAP certification have obtained their skills through rigorous study and direct experience and have proven themselves by passing demanding, process-oriented examinations.

 

Effective April, 2010, there will be new SAP BusinessObjects certification exams available after realignment with the SAP certification program.  All existing SAP BusinessObjects exams will be retired at the end of April and will be replaced by the following three exams:

 

• SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x

• SAP Certified Application Associate – Crystal Reports 2008

• SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

 

In addition to the test delivery via applicable Pearson VUE test centers (http://www.pearsonvue.com/busobjects/), the new exams will also be available from April onwards at SAP Education Centers around the world.

 

The exam codes which should be bookable from mid-March onwards will be:

 

• C_BOCR_08 – SAP Certified Application Associate – Crystal Reports 2008

• C_BOE_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x

• C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)

 

1. What changes are upcoming for the SAP BusinessObjects certification program?

 

Effective April 30, 2010, there will be new SAP BusinessObjects certification exams available after realignment with the SAP certification program.  All existing SAP BusinessObjects exams will be retired at the end of April and will be replaced by the following three exams:

  • C_BOCR_08 – SAP Certified Application Associate Crystal Reports 2008
  • C_BOE_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x
  • C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

 

2. Do current certificates keep their value?

 

Absolutely; individuals holding a current valid Business Objects certification will not need to recertify.

 

3. If a test taker has already passed 3 out of 4 papers for BusinessObjects Certified Professional – Business Objects Enterprise and is only left with the XI 3-1 upgrade exam (SABE 501) what should he/she do?

 

To avoid taking the full certification exam after the retirement of the XI 3-1 upgrade exam the final exam should be taken prior to its retirement at the end of April.

 

4. What has changed in the new exams?

 

There are some minor content updates and the scoring model has been changed to dichotomous scoring. The dichotomous scoring model scores multiple response questions as either correct or incorrect and does not give partial grades for responses. This better reflects the need for SAP customers and partners to know whether a certified individual can perform a task to the complete satisfaction of all concerned. Leaving a question blank is equivalent to a false response. In addition there is now only one exam required to gain the full certification.

 

5. Will the current certification holders automatically be considered at SAP Associate level?

 

Yes, those holding the existing certification BusinessObjects certification are entitled to use the SAP Associate certification logo and title. The former BusinessObjects Certification branding and logo will no longer be used by SAP or provided to test takers.

 

6. For those who already possess the BOCP-CR XI, there is currently a delta BOCP-CR 2008 update exam to update to CR2008. Will a CR delta exam exist after this realignment?

 

No, after the realignment there will no longer be a delta exam to update to CR2008. This will be retired in April and not replaced.

 

7. Will the exam duration change?

 

The exam duration will be aligned with the rest of the SAP Global Certification program. There will be 80 questions in 3 hours.

 

8. Why is the series of exams for each BusinessObjects product line being compressed into single exams?

 

This is a step to align the BusinessObjects exam format with the rest of the SAP Global Certification program.

 

9. How many times can the test taker take the certification exam?

 

He/she can sit for an SAP certification exam a maximum of three times. If he/she is unsuccessful in passing your certification exam after two attempts, and has not previously taken SAP training classes, we highly recommend that they complete the training. The fee for certification retakes is the same as the initial exam. No candidate may sit for the same examination for the same release more than three times. A candidate who has failed an examination three times for a release may not attempt that examination again until the next release. There are no rules on waiting periods prior to a retake.

 

10. A test taker just missed reaching a passing grade and would like SAP to review my exam for possible rescoring. What is the appeals process?

 

Unless there were technical system difficulties experienced while taking the exam, exams will not generally be reviewed for rescore. If however a test taker feels that there are grounds for appeal it is necessary to submit that appeal to the local SAP Education team as soon as possible – but at the latest up to 3 months – after the testing event.

 

11. Where can SAP BusinessObjects tests be taken?

 

From April 30, 2010 SAP BusinessObjects certification exams will no longer be available via Pearson VUE test centers in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. However the exams will continue to be available via Pearson VUE test centers in the rest of the world. From April onwards the registration for an SAP BusinessObjects exam at a Pearson VUE Test Center will no longer be possible at http://www.vue.com/busobjects. All future registrations must be made via http://www.vue.com/sap. In addition to this, the SAP BusinessObjects exams will also be available in SAP Education Centers around the world from April 2010 onwards. Registration for this can be arranged via http://www.sap.com/certification/ or by contacting your local SAP Education representative.

 

12. Is there any difference in the certification exam at an SAP Education center or through SAP’s delivery partner, Pearson VUE?

 

No. Certification exams are the same no matter where the test is taken.

 

13. Does the test taker need to enter a SAP user ID when registering for a certification exam and does he/she need to be affiliated with an SAP customer or partner in order to take an exam?

 

The test taker does not need to be affiliated with an SAP customer or partner in order to take an exam, but does have to apply for a so-called S-User ID (or in the case of internal employees an I, D or C-user ID) from SAP prior to registering. Instructions on how to apply for that ID and register for the exam can be found at http://www.vue.com/sap.

 

14. How does a test taker obtain the actual certificate?

 

On successfully passing the exam, the certificate will be sent to the test taker within 4-6 weeks. For queries please contact kps.businessobjects.kt@sap.com.

 

15. Are professional and master exams planned for SAP BusinessObjects certifications?

 

There are not currently plans for professional and master exams.

 

16. Can SAP BusinessObjects vouchers be ordered for taking tests at VUE?

 

Yes. Vouchers can be ordered online here http://www.vue.com/vouchers/pricelist/

 

17. Will the pricing change?

 

The pricing will be aligned with the rest of the SAP Global Certification program to reflect the increased exam duration and the single exam per certification scenario. Pricing will not differ between an exam taken at a VUE test center or an SAP Education Center.

 

18. How can a test taker get information about recommended training offerings to prepare for the tests?

 

The recommended training alternatives are listed in the test section on http://www.sap.com/services/education/certification

 

19. Are Academies or eAcademies planned as part of the SAP BusinessObjects curriculum?

 

Academies are planned for launch in 2011.

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  1. Rajasekar Nonburaj
    Thanks Kenneth,this was a well written blog.So As per the Question No8.we will have only one exam per Certification (Ex:C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x )only one certification instead of two.

    Regards,
    Raja

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    1. Kenneth Schieffer Post author
      Thanks Raja.

      You are correct – there will be 3 associate level SBO examss after the realignment.  The team has brought the number of exams in line with the rest of the global certification program.

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      1. Nilesh Patil
        Hi Kenneth Schieffer,

        I am from INDIA & want to apply for a C_BOWI_30 SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x certification.

        But from SAP Education INDIA I came to know that following few criteria’s which I need to fulfill .. which are really very rigid

        1) All BO certification will be offered by SAP and Not Person VUE-> This is contradict to above mentioned FAQ (11. Where can SAP BusinessObjects tests be taken? )
        2) The last 1 year should be with your present employer-> Not really sure how it is applicable to SAP BO certification

        Can you pls confirm / provides the required details. Also how to get a Partner/Customer number which is required to get SAP user ID.

        Thanks in Advance !!

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  2. Mark Richardson
    Just from a naming POV – “Certified Application Associate” seems a lot less impressive to potential clients than the current “Certified Professional” designation.

    I would hope that in future there are Higher Levels of Certification available.

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    1. Kenneth Schieffer Post author
      The global SAP certification program has 3 levels – associate, professional, and master.  At the present time, there are many more associate exams that are designed for folks with 1-5 years of SAP experience.  The professional exams are designed for more senior folks (5-9 yrs. of experience).  The associate exams, by their nature, test for a different skillset than the professional exams.  The master program is still under development.
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  3. Prateek Jain
    I appeared for Business Objects Certified Professional – Business Objects Enterprise XI – Level One certification on January 13, 2009.I passed this certification but I lost my certificate.

    Please let me know how can I get the copy of the certificate.I tried getting the copy of certificate from the exam center but they dont have the copy.

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      1. Prateek Jain
        Hi Kenneth,

        Please find the details below.

        Candidate: Jain, Prateek
        Crystal Id – 0000010505
        SAP ID : S0007170943

        Test Series: SABE201 Business Objects Certified Professional – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level One – English (ENU)

        Date: Tuesday, January 13, 2009
        Time: 12:00 PM
        Appointment Length (minutes): 85

        Order Number: 0001-7795-4907
        Amount Paid: $US 70.00

        Testing Location: Dots Software Solutions India Ltd
        B/105 Sahyog Apt,
        72, S.V Road Kandivali (W)
        Mumbai-400067
        INDIA
        +91-22-28067809/2865

        The mailing address will be

        prateek.x.jain@accenture.com.

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  4. Rashid Khan
    Hi Kenneth, thanks for the detailed post on the changes expect to BusinessObjects certification. I was getting ready for BOCP – BODI (data integration / data services) certification. I don’t see any information about that track. Please advise?
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    1. Kenneth Schieffer Post author
      I am told the exams for the Business Objects Certified Professional – BusinessObjects Data Integrator certification will be retired at the end of April, 2010 with no replacements.
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  5. Lakshmana Kumar
    Hi..

    I would to go for SABE 201 Certification.
    While registering I got a message that SAP User ID is Required.

    Where do I get SAP User Id.
    I hope it starts with S/C/D or an I.
    I am right now in South Africa.

    Please let me know E-Mail Id or Contact Number.

    Regards
    Lakshman

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    1. Kenneth Schieffer Post author
      On the Pearson VUE website, the following instructions are posted regarding the S-user.  Please make sure you reachout to the SAP Education from your country…thanks.

      CUSTOMERS / PARTNERS / INDEPENDENT CONSULTANTS:

      If you have previously taken an SAP exam or attended SAP training, go directly to step b, otherwise, customers and partners should access visit the Service Marketplace to register for your S-user number. Independent consultants, as well as Customers and partners having questions or problems regarding this step, should use the following contacts:

      North America: Tel: +1 888 777 1727.

      For all APJ countries excluding Japan: education.apa@sap.com or tel: +65 62 708188

      For Japan: training.japan@sap.com or tel: +81 3 3273 7070 (9:00-17:00 in Japan local time)

      For all other countries please navigate to the appropriate country on http://www.sap.com/services/education and contact your local Education Department.

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  6. Reddeppa Konduru
    Hi ,
    Is there any dependeny between
    C_BOE_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x

    AND

    C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x ?

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  7. Lakshmana Kumar
    Good Day.

    I am having some doubts regarding SAP Certification. Can U help me..

    What are the minimum no of examinations required to clear to get the certificate
    I wish to go for SABE201, SABE301, SABE 401…?? Or else I have to clear SABE5.1v3.0 also…??
    If I clear one Paper.. Whether I will be allotted the Certificate or not..???


    02.  Whether SAP logo comes for Business Objects Certification or not…???

    I am planning to finish them by this month end..
    Regards
    Lakshman

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    1. Kenneth Schieffer Post author
      You are talking about the exams as they currently exist.  Once you pass 201, 301, and 401, you can get a certificate.  After you pass the 5.1 exam (an upgrade exam), you will get another certificate.  If you wait until after April 30, you will be able to take 1 exam only.

      The logos will be delivered once the BusinessObjects exams are migrated under the SAP global certification program in April.

      I hope this helps.

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    2. Ajitha S
      Hi,
      Kindly let me know, this cerification is only
      for the people who are working under BO
      or anyone(Fresher)can write the exam.

      Regards,
      Ajitha S

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      1. Kenneth Schieffer Post author
        While I cannot speak for countries outside of North America, anyone can attend the training and sit for the certification exams.

        Thanks for the message.

        Regards,
        Ken

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    3. Community User
      Hi Kenneth,
      This is regarding my BOCP certification; I successfully completed BOCP certification exams in month of Dec 2009. And also completed upgrade exam in March 2010. I was told by Pearson VUE that SAP Business Objects will send an official certificate. It is more 7 weeks I could not receive any certificate. I tried couple of time to contact SAP education, but I could not get any proper response. Could you please help me to know when I’ going to get my certificate. All exam details are bellow:
      All exams I’ve done:  Business Objects Certified professional (BOCP)

      1)     Exam Name/Code:  SABE201: BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level 1
                   Venue location:  Dimension data Learning Solutions – Brisbane
                   Date: Friday 2nd   October 2009 at 11:30 AM

      2)     Exam Name/Code:  SABE301: BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level 2
                   Venue location:  Dimension data Learning Solutions – Brisbane
                   Date: Friday 23nd  October 2009 at 11:30 AM

      3)     Exam Name/Code:  SABE401: BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level 3
                   Venue location:  Pearson Professional Centers – Sydney, Australia
                   Date: Friday 11th December 2009 at 2:30 PM
        
      4)     Exam Name/Code:  SABE501V3.0: Business Objects Certified Professional –   BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.0 – Update           
      Venue location:  EXCOM Education – Brisbane, Australia
                   Date: Friday 19th March 2010 at 12:15 PM

      Name: Murali Vangala
      Crystal ID: C0000012173
      Country: Australia

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  8. venkata chintalapati
    I have cleared all levels in BOCP-BOE including update level too.  But i didn’t receive the Actual Certificate.  I have attend the exam through PearsonVue.  I have mailed to SAP Education no response.  Whom to contact for Actual Certificate or Hard copy of Certificate.  I am  from India – bangalore
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    1. Community User
      This is regarding my BOCP certification; I successfully completed BOCP certification exams in month of Dec 2009. And also completed upgrade exam in March 2010. I was told by Pearson VUE that SAP Business Objects will send an official certificate. It is more 7 weeks I could not receive any certificate. I tried couple of time to contact SAP education, but I could not get any proper response. Could you please help me to know when I’ going to get my certificate. All exam details are bellow:
      All exams I’ve done: Business Objects Certified professional (BOCP)

      1) Exam Name/Code: SABE201: BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level 1
      Venue location: Dimension data Learning Solutions – Brisbane
      Date: Friday 2nd October 2009 at 11:30 AM

      2) Exam Name/Code: SABE301: BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level 2
      Venue location: Dimension data Learning Solutions – Brisbane
      Date: Friday 23nd October 2009 at 11:30 AM

      3) Exam Name/Code: SABE401: BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI – Level 3
      Venue location: Pearson Professional Centers – Sydney, Australia
      Date: Friday 11th December 2009 at 2:30 PM

      4) Exam Name/Code: SABE501V3.0: Business Objects Certified Professional – BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.0 – Update
      Venue location: EXCOM Education – Brisbane, Australia
      Date: Friday 19th March 2010 at 12:15 PM

      Name: Murali Vangala
      Crystal ID: C0000012173
      SAP ID : S0007010536
      Country: Australia

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  9. Vishwanath K
    Hi,

    I have given only BOCP 201 before April 2009 and couldn’t give the BOCP 301 and BOCP 401 of XIR2. If I want to go for C_BOE_30, what should I do?

    Regards,
    Rajesh

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  10. Vaishali Shembekar
    Hi,

    Thanks for the information.

    I. What are the topics covered in following examination

    • C_BOCR_08 – SAP Certified Application Associate – Crystal Reports 2008

    • C_BOE_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x

    • C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

    I checked following sites. It does not give the topics to be prepared for these examinations.

    1. http://www.pearsonvue.com/sap/ 
    2. http://www.sap.com/usa/services/education/catalog/businessobjectstraining/certifications/index.epx

    II. Please let me know any link for Sample Papers with respect to new examination.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Vaishali

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