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Nowadays, there is a crazy of getting certified for most of the people its a good way to  add a charm in their profile or for some people in fact many people think that once they become SAP Certified the offer letter is next what they are going to get. but they reality is just the opposite  to explaining you well I’ll take a situation for you Once it so happen that a  senior and mid level of experience people who have done the certification got stuck in a problem for 2-3 days but couldn’t solve it, Later a junior consultant(3-5 yrs exp.) with no certification and he just solve the problem Right Away and other people were astonished by his skills the reason for this just that this guy has been practicing rigorously  answer so he was capable to tackle the problem


In a same manner when the fresher gets certified I would say that he has now conquer the tip of the ice berg but still he have to fight for the portion beneath the sea. So still there is lot of knowledge a fresher has to gain.


On the other hand this doesn’t mean that that its useless to get certified my personal opinion on that is you must check yourself on these thumb rule made by me.


1. Must have at least 3yrs  of experience.

                    OR

At least 2 implementation cycle of SAP—–> Point suggested by Miguel Alvear


2. Must have worked on multiple functional modules(say 2-3 modules)


3.Always try to do the certification when your company pays for you as its very costly.

               So if you do certification on  my thumb rule I hope the you will get the real benefits of certification like increase in Designation, Salary and better working opportunity.

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  1. Miguel Alvear

    And I could add

    – at least 2 implementation of SAP, because in 3 years experience maybe the consultant hasnt do any implementation and there it is where people learn how to solve problems.

    Regards

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  2. fortian .

    Even fulfilling your 3 rules do you believe it’s necessary to pay for the expensive SAP course? or it’s enough studying the SAP certification documents that can be found on internet? 

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    1. Former Member

      Dear all,

      A SAP certification is just a nice to have and nothing else.

      Nothing can replace the practical experience a consultant can bring to an actual problem.

      If you have never worked with SAP before taking a certification can be a big gamble as to whether yes or no you will get it the first time. SAP concepts are strong and 2/3 projects will be a good booster to maximize your chances to get a certification.

      Very often consultancies require their consultants to be certified so that they can better sell their consultants to a client telling them they are certified and know what they are talking about.

      It is also a requirement from SAP to make sure that SAP selling partners reach a number of certified consultants to maintain their partnership.

      So to summarize: if you do not have a project and are sitting on a bench, studying for SAP certification is always good.

      Otherwise, go through the pain of a project, experience it and after a few years take it as a nice to have… and personal satisfaction. Nothing else.

      Kind regards

      Chris

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  3. Former Member

    Hi,

    It’s not necessary to know all the things in SAP if you are a certified SAP practitioner.

    I’m wondering how you are concluding things by taking a simple incident occured in your workplace.

    Stop offending people and try to build your own expertise.

    People doing certification doesn’t always meant for a scaled up pay. It means they treid to prove that they are competent enough to survive in the business.

    Regards,

    Harish

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  4. Former Member

    Dear gurus,

    Aiming towards a certification is a very noble cause and goal. It is definitely a sign of interest from the learner to himself and his hierarchy that he is interested in pursuing a career in SAP.

    By learning and adopting a discipline attitude to learning results will be there eventually in terms of knowledge.

    I would simply invite you to think that a certification will in no way replace the professional experience a client might need.

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  5. Muthukumar Pasupathy

    Here is my 2 cents on this subject of certifications. To me, any certification is not to be treated as a definitive proof of knowledge/expertise. I would see it is a proof of the guy’s personality, the enthusiasm and zeal to succeed, discipline and focus.


    Agreed – a certification is something nice to have and not a “must have”. But by having the certification, one can prove that he/she is someone who goes the extra mile in getting things done…because hey, you didn’t need a certification in the first place…but you got it anyway!! In my opinion, this is the kind of professionals that today’s businesses and enterprises are looking for. No one wants an employee who does the bare minimum – works exactly 8 hrs a day, passively attends the meetings that he/she is required to, does the work assigned to him mechanically and ultimately gets a “Meets Expectation” feedback during the Performance Appraisal. There is no dearth of professionals of this ilk who just “get by”. Today’s enterprises need professionals who go beyond the call of duty, deliver what is expected from them + do “some more” . A certification is way of saying that you are potentially someone who can do that “some more”.

    When I see a straight-out-of-college guy with a certification, I am impressed with his sense of initiative…he has taken efforts to educate himself instead of waiting for job and then expecting the employer to “train” him.

    And also, I have some reservations with the argument – “Experience is what matters. Certifications are not needed”. In my case, I worked in companies where the usual waterfall methodology of software development was adopted, but I was aiming to move to companies where Agile methodology and Scrum were implemented. Since I did not have experience in Scrum, I went ahead and got a certification in Scrum. Am I as good at Scrum as a professional who has been working in a scrum environment for 10 years or more?? No. But I atleast took a concrete step in formally learning the theory behind it, and it shows that I would be willing to learn more about it if given an opportunity to work in a Scrum environment. This earned me brownie points in my job search and I did succeed in moving a dream job of mine. So in my case, the certification did not actually supplement the Scrum experience that I needed, but did not have. It helped send out the right message to the employers.

    I would conclude by saying that in this highly competitive IT industry, certifications do provide that edge. It may not help you do your job well, but it helps you in getting the foot in the door. And I wouldn’t recommend any minimum qualifications for a certification (unless specified by the entity offering the certification…that is different altogether). In that sense, I agree with the comments poseted by Christain M and Harish Kumar.

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