SAP Training and Certification shop

SAP have implemented a training and certification shop.

To access, make your way to:

 https://training3.sap.com/gb/en/search?SolutionId=140#certification

You will be presented with a list of certification and training modules. These include the following certifications:

  • C_BOE_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x
  • C_BOBIP_40 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform 4.0
  • C_BOWI_30 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x
  • C_BOWI_40 – SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Web Intelligence 4.0

I didn’t see a certification for Data Services. However, a Data Services course is available from here:

https://training.sap.com/gb/en/course/bods10-sap-businessobjects-data-services-40-classroom-096-gb-en/

You can also select training specific to your country. At the present time, the following countries appear to be supported:

 Good luck with your training and certification.

SAP offer accelerated training packages for BI 4.0

I have recently found out that SAP offer accelerated learning packages for their product suite.

Of interest to most readers will be the SAP BI 4.0 package which can be found at:

https://training.sap.com/bundles/product/sap-bi

Purchase of the package requires your SAP login or a new registration.

For those that have experience in previous versions of the Business Objects product suite and need a helping hand to understand the new features of BI 4.0, this may be the way to go.

SAP User ID

As I’ve mentioned in previous postings, a SAP User ID is now required if you want to take a SAP Business Objects exam.

I regularly receive emails asking how you go about getting one of these ID’s, especially if you are not a partner/customer.

Note that this blog is not connected with SAP so I can’t tell you for sure. However, two options seem to work:

1. Register at the following link. This will take you to the SAP site where you can register your details.
or
2. Call the SAP education department in your country

It takes a couple of weeks to get the User ID through, so be patient.

New Certification Exams – Data Integrator now added

Further information regarding the new Business Objects exams. Data Integrator is going to be added to the list of available exams.

More info can be found here.

Note that existing BOCP holders do not need to recertify:

“…individuals holding a current valid BusinessObjects certification will not need to recertify.”

Also nice to see that existing holders of the BOCP certifcation can use the new titles:

‘…those holding the valid BusinessObjects certification in the latest release are entitled to use the SAP Associate certification logo and title but no new certificates will be issued.”

One thing to point out though, if you are BOCP-BOE certified to XIR2 and haven’t yet taken the XI3 upgrade SABE501, you may want to do it before the exam is removed:

“If a test taker is certified on BusinessObjects Certified Professional – Business Objects Enterprise XI R2 and requires only the XI 3.0 upgrade exam (SABE 501) to qualify for the XI 3.0 certificate what should he/she do?

To avoid taking the full certification exam after the retirement of the XI 3.0 upgrade exam the final exam should be taken prior to its retirement at the end of April.”

Get your skates on! There may be limited places in your chosen test centre.

New Certification Exams – Part 2

Following on from my recent post about the new SAP Business Objects exams, I spotted a link to a FAQ.

Some interesting items to bring to your attention:

1. It would appear that you no longer need to take 3 papers/tests to earn the SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x certification. Those that have the BOCP-BOE certification will be aware that we had to sit 3 exams, or 4 if you have brought your skills up to XI3 level.

2. Those with an existing BOCP certification do not need to re-qualify. Phew!

3. If you have BOCP-BOE at XIR2 level and haven’t sat SABE501 to take you up to XI3 level, you need to hurry. To quote
“To avoid taking the full certification exam after the retirement of the XI 3-1 upgrade exam the final exam should be taken prior to its retirement at the end of April.”

4. Those holding BOCP can use the title SAP Associate. Again, to quote:
“…those holding the existing certification BusinessObjects certification are entitled to use the SAP Associate certification logo and title.” (Personally I prefer BOCP-BOE – Certified Professional. Sounds better than Associate don’t you think?)

5. You still need a SAP S-User ID to take the exams.

6. For those that are looking to find out where their certificate is, and I know that there are many of you..
“On successfully passing the exam, the certificate will be sent to the test taker within 4-6 weeks. For queries please contact kps.businessobjects.kt@sap.com.”

7. It looks like the exams will become more expensive.

So basically, if you are working through your BOCP exams, get them done by April 2010.

If you haven’t upgraded your BOCP to XI3, get the SABE501 exam out of the way by April 2010.

If you are considering taking the exams and haven’t started BOCP yet, you might want to consider the SAP Associate exam instead of the four exams needed for BOCP.

More details can be found in this FAQ.

New Certification Exams

News from Kenneth Schieffer (Education Principal for the North American SAP Education Delivery group) that from April 2010, there will be new SAP BusinessObjects certification exams.

All existing SAP BusinessObjects exams will be retired at the end of April and will be replaced by the following three exams:

• SAP Certified Application Associate – SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise XI 3.x

• SAP Certified Application Associate – Crystal Reports 2008

• SAP Certified Application Associate – BusinessObjects Web Intelligence XI 3.x

More details can be found here.

Interestingly, no news on a Data Integrator certification.

I wonder if they will also sort out the problem with the issue of certificates?

Business Objects Certifications FAQ

A good FAQ on Business Objects certifications has been posted on the Business Objects Board (BOB).

The original post on certifications was running to over 40 pages, so a group of people have put together a FAQ to save you some time. Well worth a read if you are considering getting certified.

And if you aren’t considering certification, why not? It demosntrates your understanding of a whole range of Business Objects features, increases the opportunities available to you, and helps you to stand out against your peers.

Fellow blogger, Joshua Fletcher, recently completed the BOCP-DI exams. He now has all four BOCP certifications. I’d say he is a valuable asset to his organisation, wouldn’t you?

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