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Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki

Yet another view on SAP Certification and its levels

Indeed it’s a good list that Vijay Vijayasankar published in his another interesting blog I would get SAP certified if….. Yet in my opinion it is more a hiring or promotion checklist, rather than certification level criteria.

I would still expect that certification reflect level of technical expertise, and would put expectations to level certifications in these sentences:

1/ Associate – understands all the concepts of the given module even if during their* 1-3 years of experience they did not work with particular functionality. In simple example this person joins the new project, where people talk about “BWA Index” (pardon my BW tendency) and Associate immediately knows where the bell tolls, although they (uff…) never had prior BW Accelerator experience other than passing certification.

Associate understands what he speaks.

2/ Professional knows not only what they can do in given SAP module, but as well how that module works under the hood and why that way. They are aware not only of module’s capabilities, but as well limitations and interoperability of that module. Those guys should be able to publish (articles, books) and present (at conferences and unconferences). In my favorite area (of BW) Professional understands why MDX cannot read directly from DSO or why physical BWA index for high-cardinality dimension is not only non-compressed, but even twice as big as space it occupies in a database.

Professional does not only understands what he speaks, but as well understands what others speak.

3/ Master should walk on the water – I do agree. Their knowledge does not represent experience, but represents wisdom if it’s not too bold to say. They are asked to review what others want to publish or speak about in particular area. Not only they have SAP’s product managers and development leads phone numbers, but SAP product managers and development leads have SAP-certified Masters’ phone numbers to invite them into Influence Councils and the like.

Master speaks in a way others understand.

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Getting to the point how certification should look like:

  1. It is pretty simple for Associate. Just like today.
  2. It is getting much harder to certify Professional, but still should be possible.
  3. Masters should be nominated by SAP themselves, because this level is more valuable for SAP as a company than for an individual being recognized by Master level.

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Final comments:

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* As I learned, when not sure if it is “he” or “she” you say “they” in English 😉 Although I probably not be consistent on using “they” properly anyhow.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      that the Master should be more like an SAP platinum consultant.

      I think you raise excellent points - if the certification fee is $800, is it really just a revenue stream for SAP?  That is a pricey exam; more expensive than the PMP.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Yes , I do agress that
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      Former Member
      $800 is just for the Certification, the trainings and materials cost way more.
      Sorry Vitaliy, I am off-topic a little bit...
      For BW, the cost of learning is one roadblock for companies to choose it as Enterprise Data Warehouse solution, simply because non-SAP-BW IT staff don't know its capabilities and limitations.
      Author's profile photo Edward Pelyavskyy
      Edward Pelyavskyy
      In your point #2 "It is getting much harder to certify Master, but still should be possible."

      Should it be Professional instead?

      Author's profile photo Witalij Rudnicki
      Witalij Rudnicki
      Blog Post Author
      Hi Edward. Corrected now. Spasibo!
      Author's profile photo Bill Wood
      Bill Wood
      You opened your post right from the beginning with a puzzling statement:

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      "I would get SAP certified if...". Yet in my opinion it is more a hiring or promotion checklist, rather than certification level criteria... I would still expect that certification reflect level of technical expertise...

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      I realize you were referring to someone else's post, but why would you or your company spend the 10, 20, 30K or more (USD here) for certification if it wasn't directly related to hiring or work?

      I'm not sure I understand...

      On top of that, until SAP can offer some type of verifiable "transcript" type service I consider certification and claims of certification as worthless.

      I suspect that since SAP did their first BPX certification training session that hundreds, or THOUSANDS of resumes all over the world are starting to list those training classesa and the certification.

      I have no doubt that lots of mid 20 somethings from lots of Guest Worker programs are showing more than 10 years experience and now claiming BPX experience because SAP provides no way to verify or check for certifications.  So they are completely worthless.

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      Today certifications are useful to the liars, cheats, and deep pockets of some companies who want that.