Business Objects Exams

A couple of people have asked me how and where they can take the Business Objects exams.

Business Objects exams, which can lead to certification, are delivered by Pearson Vue. Pearson Vue have a number of authorised test centres throughout the world, and there is sure to be one close to you.

To register for an exam, visit their website, and select ‘Information Technology’ from the left hand box. Select ‘Business Objects’ from the right hand box. This will lead you to a section detailing the three certifications currently available from Business Objects. For those that don’t know, these are:

  • BOCP – BusinessObjects Enterprise
  • BOCP – BusinessObjects Data Integrator
  • BOCP – Crystal Reports

Information on each of the certifications is available by clicking on the relevant link.

To book an exam, you need to register with Pearson Vue. Once registered, you can schedule a test. This is a straightforward process.

After selecting the exam you want to take, specify a location or area you want to take the exam in. A list of the five closest test centres are displayed. Select a test centre. A list of available dates and appointment times for that test centre are listed. Select a date and time, and then pay for the exam. Once done, you will receive a email confirming your exam date and time. It is important to check that the details are correct.

In the UK, the BOCP-BOE exams are all priced the same – £90 + VAT (£105.75 including VAT). There may be variations to this pricing in other parts of the world – I do not know. Perhaps someone can let me know, and I’ll update this post.

Whether you pass or fail the exam, you are given a printout of your score. This is must be embossed by the test centre. Your results can be viewed within a few hours on your account history on the Pearson Vue website.

Note that if you fail an exam, you can retake the exam as many times as you like. It does not affect your overall certification. However, you must wait five working days before retaking an exam.

So thats a brief overview of the how’s, where’s and how much of the Business Objects exams.

Study hard and good luck!


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