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Get Certified: E_HANAAW_17 | SAP Certified Development Specialist – ABAP for SAP HANA 2.0

In this blog, you will find some personal suggestions about the ABAP specialisation exam.

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About the Exam 

Associate Level

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)

There are multiple types of certifications:

  • TEC = Technology (system administration)
  • IMP = Application (implementation, here modeling)
  • DEV = Development (native development)
  • AW = ABAP 
  • BW = Business Warehouse
  • ADM = SAP (NetWeaver) BASIS administration

The levels are

  • C = Associate (consultant)
  • E = Associate add-on (expert)
  • P = Professional

Surprisingly, as “add-on” the certificate has no fixed prerequisite. A Certified Development Associate – ABAP with SAP NetWeaver certification is “highly recommended” (but not required).


You can check the validity of the certifications at

Earlier editions of this exam

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 > 12%

  • Implications of SAP HANA on ABAP Programming
  • Guided Performance Analysis
  • Integration of SAP HANA Coding into ABAP Programs

Topics 8% – 12%

  • SAP HANA Basics and Technical Concepts
  • SAP Development Tools for SAP NetWeaver
  • SAP HANA Information Models and Database Procedures
  • ABAP Programming based on SAP HANA Artifacts


What’s New

The exam has been updated for the latest SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 05 release with some reshuffling of exam topics and relative weight.


How to Prepare

SAP Training

When you have the time and budget, take the SAP Training courses. Nothing beats a 2 week+ focus with hands-on exercises and training environment.

Most of the topic areas point to the HA400 course for which course prerequisite and recommendations are listed.

Course prerequisites for HA400

Recommended courses for HA400

SAP Learning Hub

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.

Learning Journey

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

Although most courses are listed, the learning path does not map exactly to the exam guide.

The tiles for each of the courses show the available formats: classroom and e-books.

SAP Help Portal (Free)

There is a lot of documentation related to ABAP but there is no guide dedicated to the exam topic areas.

openSAP (Free)

Although not the most recent material, there is an openSAP course available specific to the topic.

For upcoming, running, and past courses about ABAP, see the openSAP course catalog

SAP Community (Free)

Bookmark and visit the SAP Community topic area for the latest blogs, participate in the Q&A, and get a comprehensive overview of the latest and most relevant resources

For earlier blog post on the topic, see

There are many other excellent blog posts about ABAP on SAP HANA, here is a selection of the more recent posts (but there are many others).

You can follow authors like Carine Tchoutouo Djomo or the topic area ABAP Development to stay up to date.

SAP Development Center (Free)

Although the focus is on the ABAP platform, there is a lot of relevant information and tutorials available on the SAP Development Center


There is no SAP PRESS SAP Certification Success Guide for the E_HANAAW_17 exam (yet).

The available exam guide concerns the SAP Certified Development Associate – ABAP with SAP NetWeaver certification [C_TAW12_750].

There are many publications about ABAP from SAP PRESS. A good place to start are the development guides.

For the list of all ABAP publications, see


Sample Questions

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


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      Author's profile photo Tim McArdle
      Tim McArdle

      Good article, thank you!

      Do you know if the 'Advanced Topics' from HA400 are part of the E_HANAAW_17 exam?

      Advanced Topics are ALV, Full Text Search and Transporting Hana objects.


      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Tim,

      SAP Training is not very explicit about the topics covered in the exam.

      The exam pages only lists seven "topic areas", five referencing the HA400 training. On the training page, you can download the course index which lists the objectives of each of the unit.

      HA400 Lesson 6 covers the advanced topics you mentioned: transportation, Full Text Search, and ALV in about 30 pages. 

      Although not explicitly stated, I would expect this material to be included but not extensively (one question each at most). Note that the exam contains only 40 questions. 

      Author's profile photo Tim McArdle
      Tim McArdle

      Hi Denys,

      I just passed the exam, and yes, advanced topics are in the in there:

      1 x ALV IDA

      2 x Full Text Search

      2 x Transporting Hana objects

      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen
      Blog Post Author

      Congrats, Tim!

      Thanks for the update.

      Author's profile photo jonas weibel
      jonas weibel

      Any information on how C_S4DEV relates to E_HANAAW_17?

      Author's profile photo Denys van Kempen
      Denys van Kempen
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Jonas,

      For experienced ABAP developers, E_HANAAW_xx provides (provided?) an add-on (Expert) certification. The recommendation is a C_TAW12_<release> NetWeaver certification (750 being the latest) but this is not a requirement. Main training course is HA400 - ABAP Programming for SAP HANA (4 days).

      C_S4HDEV is a more recent and more comprehensive certification focusing on ABAP development for the ABAP platform (an evolution of NetWeaver). Training courses include

      • S4DEV - Introduction to Application Programming on SAP S/4HANA (3 days)
      • S4D425 - Extensibility for SAP S/4HANA (3 days)
      • S4D430 - Building Views in ABAP Core Data Services (3 days)
      • S4D435 - Transactional Apps with CDS-based BOPF Objects (3 days)
      • S4D440 - Custom Code Migration from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA
      • CLD400 - Developing with SAP BTP ABAP Environment (4 days)
      • HA400 - ABAP Programming for SAP HANA (4 days)

      We can imagine the TAW and HANAAW courses and certifications to be retired at some stage.