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SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP HANA 2.0 SPS04

In this blog, you will find some personal suggestions about how to get certified as SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 04.

This exam is available as of December 2019.

For the blog posts about the other SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 04 exams, see

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About the Exam 

Information about the exam is published on the SAP Training website. This is also where you can book the exam (or get a certification hub subscription)

The C_ stands for associate level type exam.

Other flavors are P_ for professional and E_ for expert (associate add-on) but these are not available for SAP HANA.

There are three types of associate certications:

  • TEC = Technology (system administration)
  • IMP = Application (implementation, here modeling)
  • DEV = Development (native development)

For each release there is an exam. Currently valid are

  • 12 = SAP HANA 1.0 SPS 12
  • 15 = SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 03
  • 16 = SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 04

As you may have noticed, SAP Training simply continued the SPS release count.

Certifications expire with the maintenance support for the SAP HANA release. For this reason your certification for SPS 12 from 2016 is still valid while those for 2017 (SPS 01) and 2018 (SPS 02) no longer are.

You can check the validity of the certification at

Should you still need to pass the SPS 12, see blog (with videos)

For the certification FAQs, see


Topic Areas

Information about the topic areas covered is also listed on the exam information page.

Note the small print: SAP reserves the right to update the exam content (topics, items, weighting) at any time. So make sure to check the page before applying.

Major Topics 8% – 12%

  • Perform SAP HANA Sizing and OS Preparations
  • Installing, upgrading and performing the post-installation task of the SAP HANA database
  • Create users, setup authorizations and verify security settings
  • Perform a SAP HANA backup and recovery
  • Perform daily administration tasks
  • Execute database migrations to SAP HANA

Minor Topics <8%

  • Explain the SAP HANA system architecture and deployment options
  • Configure and manage SAP HANA Scale-out systems
  • Installing and configuring SAP HANA Cockpit
  • Describe the different database administration tools
  • Work with SAP HANA MDC systems
  • Set up and manage SAP HANA System Replication
  • Proactive Monitoring and troubleshooting of SAP HANA
  • Analyze system performance Root Cause Analysis

These topic areas more or less match the units and lessons from the listed SAP training courses.

For example, topic area Perform SAP HANA Sizing and OS Preparations points to HA200 and when you download the course manual index, you can see that this matches the lessons from unit 2.


What’s New

Compared to the previous edition, apart from the release (SPS 03) and a reshuffle of the exam topics, the most noticeable is that the training HA240 is no longer included as exam material.  

HA240 is now part of certification


How to Prepare

Attending the training course is not required but without the course manual it is not all that clear what material you need to study exactly.

SAP Training

If time and/or budget only allows you to attend one training, consider

This delta training takes 3 days instead of the 12 days above but note that HADT20 covers HA200, HA250, and HA240 (not required) but not HA201 or HA215.

Alternatively, consider a subscription for the SAP Learning Hub and/or Certification Hub. There is a trial edition available for you to try it out.

The learning journey shows a visualisation of the courses to take. You can logon and mark your progress.

The (free) openSAP courses about advanced analytics topics are listed under Expand your Skills.

Note that the learning journey lists courses HA240 and HOHAA1 as input for the C_HANATEC exam but this does not correspond to the exam information page where these courses are absent.

The tiles for each of the courses show the available formats: classroom and e-books. When subscribed to the learning hub, you also have access to an SAP HANA system for hands-on exercises (Live Access). The assessment contains the sample questions from the course.

SAP Help Portal

Most material will also be covered in the documentation on the SAP Help Portal:

Unfortunately, the administration guide alone counts well over 2,000 pages and contains a lot of information you do NOT need to know.


The following papers are covered in detail in the above-mentioned courses, so make sure you are familiar with their content:

The latest versions of these papers are maintained in note 2407186 – How-To Guides & Whitepapers For SAP HANA High Availability.

SAP Development Center

Of course, the tutorials from the SAP Development Center also provide a great learning opportunity. This is also the place to download the free SAP HANA, express edition or find out how you can run this in a cloud environment.

Knowledge Base

For those that have access to the SAP ONE Support Launchpad knowledge base articles (KBAs) (S- or P-user account), take note of the many excellent FAQ articles. As with the documentation guides, this will cover more material than you will need to know but it does provide an excellent resource.

SAP Press

There is no certification guide yet for the C_HANATEC exam (work in progress).

The only available guide is for another exam and another edition (SPS 03) by Rudi de Louw


Sample Questions

On the exam page, there is a link to a sample exam similar to the real one from

In part II of this blog, we will do a quick review (coming up).


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  • Hi Denys,

    thanks for your details about the new SPS4 certification.You are doing a great job for the community with your blog posts and social media presence!

    As always I’m struggling with the wording and the details of the questions. As trainer I’m getting a lot of questions after someone attended at a certification “how I should interpret this question” / “I’m missing context details – how I should act?”. On every onside test you will receive a blank page. There you can write down your assumption regarding the questions. This page will be checked if you have not passed the certification.

    But I would wish, that SAP could check the wording and make such certification questions rock solid without a gray zone without room for interepretations.

    Just an example from the sample questions:

    Let’s break down the details:

    • a crashed data volume
    • an intact log volume
    • 9 hours old full backup
    • 4 hours old incremental backup

    We don’t know (that is what worries most people – the unknown):

    • did the log backups work the till time the instance crashed?
    • do we have access to the log backups?
    • backint config valid?
    • is the backup catalog valid and do we have access to it?
    • is the backup config valid and do we have access to the data backups?

    If we are take all not given variables as default and assume everything is working fine:

    • log backups were performed at least every 15min
    • the log segments were deleted after a successful backup, handled as normal and were deleted if not needed any more (for restart/roll back purpose)
    • we have access to the log backups for a recovery
    • backup config is valid

    This means:

    • we use the full backup
    • additionally we can use the delta backup (incremental)
    • at this point we can use the log backups till the last successfully saved one
    • due the log segments inside the log volume are consistent, they can be used for further processing and instance recovery to the latest point in time (last commited transaction)

    If no log backups were performed:

    • all log information can be read from the log segments
    • they can be used for further processing and instance recovery to the latest point in time (last commited transaction)

    If only the data backup config is valid the answer would be latest incremental backup.

    Tip: So, if no more details specified, assume that everything is working and all not given values are default.

    I think if such sentences would be added to the questions a lot of people would be happy. I offer to verify the questions 🙂



    • Jens,

      Thanks for taking the time to provide this extensive example and thanks for volunteering. Your contributions to the SAP Community are first class.

      I can only agree but as I am not part of the education department my options are limited (the training and certification experience is identical for employees, partners, and customers) so I will request the product owner of the exam Henricus Bouten to comment upon your request.


  • Hello Denys,

    Thank you for this blog giving great information. I just wanted to ask you if I only apply for certification without training, do I get access to learning content in learning hub?


    Soham Panchal

  • Hi Denys,


    Thank you for information on this certification exam.

    I have a query, I have books for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 02, then can I appear and pass exam c_hanatec_16 for SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 04.

    Also one more query:

    Is that more relevant in the market that I  appear for C_hanatec_16 or can i opt for C_hanatec_15 or C_hanatec12.


    Can you please give your opinion.


    Many thanks,