Top 10 SAP Certifications to Help You Get Ahead

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Top 10 SAP Certifications to Help You Get Ahead

Anyone interested in working with Big Data must know SAP or Systems, Applications, and Products in Data Processing. Although reputed for its immensely utilitarian SAP ERP, SAP offers a range of products and services to churn Big Data. Some of the most notable ones are:

  • SAP CRM (Customer Relationship Management)
  • SAP PLM (Product Lifecycle Management)
  • SAP S/4HANA
  • SAP SCM (Supply Chain Management)
  • SAP SRM (Supplier Relationship Management)

To make the deal even more lucrative, SAP offers 135+ certification programs for professionals from different walks of information technology. Moreover, candidates have the option to choose among the 9 available languages.

SAP Certification Program Levels

Each SAP certification belongs to one of the three levels: associate, specialist, and professional. Before diving deep into the top 10 SAP certification programs, let’s briefly understand these SAP proficiency levels.

1. Associate-Level

Assures that the candidate has all the necessary foundational skills and knowledge to start offering their services professionally. Candidates having associate-level SAP certification(s) are ready to move on to the next level in learning i.e., offering services professionally in a job or as a consultant.

2. Specialist-Level

The specialist-level SAP certifications focus on some specific (job) role or an integration component. SAP-certified specialists are hired by organizations in the middle- to high-level job roles.

3. Professional-Level

The topmost level of the SAP certification hierarchy is the professional-level. This type of SAP certification assures that the candidate has advanced knowledge in their respective field of accreditation.

Moreover, the candidates have proven, multi-year, real-world project exposure, business process knowledge, and an in-depth understanding of certification-specific SAP tools.

Top 10 SAP Certification Programs

As the availability of SAP certifications vary from country to country, we will discuss the top 10 SAP certification programs offered in the USA.

1. SAP Activate Project Manager

SAP Certified Associate - SAP Activate Project Manager

Level: Associate

One of the most popular associate-level SAP certifications is the SAP Activate Project Manager. The SAP certification builds on fundamental consultant skills and experience gained through multiple projects. The SAP Activate Project Manager certification assures a candidate for:

  • Basic knowledge of SAP project management and change management,
  • Advanced business skills,
  • An ability to apply the SAP Activate Methodology,
  • Management of internal and external stakeholders, and
  • The ability to apply and implement different methodologies and tools.

An SAP-certified project manager is capable of developing roadmaps for project execution, monitoring everything from sales to realization, and ensuring proper testing and quality management.

Topics Covered

  • Agile Delivery Approach.
  • Agile Project Planning.
  • SAP Activate:
    • Elements.
    • Overview.
  • Transition Path:
    • “New Implementation SAP S/4HANA.”
    • “New Implementation SAP S/4HANA Cloud.”
    • “New Implementation SAP S/4HANA Cloud, Single Tenant Edition.”
    • “Selective Data Transition.”
    • “System Conversion.”
  • Workstreams Overview.

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-option, multiple-choice
Minimum passing score: 61%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: $557
Language(s): English and Russian

2. SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.2

SAP Certified Application Associate - SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.2

Level: Associate

The SAP Certified Application Associate - SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence Platform 4.2 certification assures that the candidate has all the necessary skills and knowledge to design, deploy, and operate the SAP BusinessObjects Business Intelligence platform.

Candidates with the associate-level SAP BusinessObjects certification have the skills to configure and manage servers in an SAP Business Intelligence platform deployment. They are experienced with tasks required for supporting users and groups of the SAP Business Intelligence platform.

Topics Covered

  • Architecture and Administration
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Security
  • Content Management
  • Design and Deployment
  • Information Flow
  • Installation and Backup
  • Monitoring and Auditing
  • Platform Configuration
  • Platform Functionality
  • Troubleshooting

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-option, multiple-choice
Minimum passing score: 66%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: $557
Language(s): English, German, and Japanese

3. Reporting, Modeling and Data Acquisition with SAP BW/4HANA 2.x

Level: Associate

The SAP Certified Application Associate - Reporting, Modeling, and Data Acquisition with SAP BW/4HANA 2.x certification demonstrate a candidate’s ability, knowledge, and experience, in data acquisition, modeling, and query design using SAP BW/4HANA.

With this certification, a candidate is assured of having in-depth knowledge and technical skills for bagging a mentoring role on an SAP project team. The Reporting, Modeling, and Data Acquisition with SAP BW/4HANA 2.x certification exam serves as an entry-level qualification.

Topics Covered

  • Data Acquisition into:
    • SAP BW/4HANA
    • SAP HANA
  • Fundamentals (of SAP HANA)
  • InfoObjects and InfoProviders
  • Native SAP HANA Modeling
  • SAP Analytics Tools
  • SAP BW/4HANA:
    • Data Flow
    • Modeling
    • Project and the Modeling Process
  • SAP BW Query Design

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-choice
Minimum passing score: 64%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: $557
Language(s): English and German

4. Data Integration with SAP Data Services 4.2

Level:Associate

With the SAP Certified Application Associate - Data Integration with SAP Data Services 4.2 certification, a candidate is assured for possessing skills and knowledge required to:

  • Implement ETL projects, and
  • Administer and manage projects using SAP Data Services.

The associate-level Data Integration with SAP Data Services 4.2 certification gauges a candidate’s ability and knowledge of SAP DataServices.

This starts with Data Integration concepts then goes through applying performance tuning and sizing methods. This is followed by implementing complex design methodology to performing Data Transformation, troubleshooting, and recovery.

Topics Covered

  • Advanced-Data Transformation
  • Basic Data Transformation
  • Change Data Capture
  • Complex Design Methodology
  • Data Integration Concepts
  • Data Management
  • Performance Optimized Design
  • Recovery and Troubleshooting

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-choice
Minimum passing score: 68%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: $557
Language(s): English

5. SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 Delta

Level: Specialist

The specialist-level SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 Delta certification is meant for those aspiring to offer their services as an SAP BW Application Consultant. Passing the certification requires both knowledge of SAP BW/4HANA and experience using the same as a member of an SAP BW team.

The primary focus of the SAP certification is to assure that a candidate has the knowledge and skills required for implementing and modeling using SAP BW/4HANA 2.0.

Although not necessarily required, clearing one of these 3 certification examinations is highly recommended before going for the SAP Certified Application Specialist - SAP BW/4HANA 2.0 Delta certification examination:

  • C_TBW55_73 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Modeling and Data Management with SAP BW 7.3 & SAP BI 4.0)
  • C_TBW60_74 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Modeling and Data Management with SAP BW 7.4)
  • C_TBW50H_75 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Modeling and Data Acquisition with SAP BW 7.5 powered by SAP HANA)

Topics Covered

  • Core Modeling Artifacts in SAP BW/4HANA
  • Data Provisioning into SAP HANA and SAP BW/4HANA
  • Getting Started (with SAP HANA)
  • Hybrid Modeling in Mixed Scenarios
  • Paths to SAP BW/4HANA
  • The relevance of SAP S/4HANA to SAP BW
  • Running the SAP BW/4HANA Data Warehouse
  • SAP BW/4HANA Data Lifecycle Management
  • SAP HANA Modeling

Exam Details

Total questions: 40
Type of questions: Multiple-choice, multi-option
Minimum passing score: 63%
Duration: 90 minutes
Fees: N/A
Language(s): English

6. SAP Certified Product Support Specialist - SAP Commerce

Level: Specialist

The SAP Certified Product Support Specialist - SAP Commerce certification allows candidates to assume the role of an SAP Commerce Product Support Specialist.

To take the examination for this certification, candidates must have completed the SAP Certified Development Professional - SAP Commerce Cloud 1811 Developer (P_C4HCD_1811) certification.

Successfully clearing the specialist-level SAP Commerce certification examination requires a combination of good knowledge of the SAP Commerce platform and several years of hands-on practical experience with the same.

Topics Covered

  • Configuration (of the SAP Commerce Suite)
  • General Support (for the SAP Commerce Suite)
  • Integration (of SAP Commerce Cloud with other SAP products)
  • Performance (of the implemented system(s))
  • Product Support Processes
  • Troubleshooting (the SAP Commerce Suite)

Exam Details

Total questions: 40
Type of questions: Multiple-choice, multi-option
Minimum passing score: 55%
Duration: 90 minutes
Fees: N/A
Language(s): English

7. SAP BW powered by HANA SPS12 (Edition 2016)

Level: Specialist

The SAP Certified Application Specialist - SAP BW powered by HANA SPS12 (Edition 2016) certification is meant for SAP BW Application Consultant aspirants. Successfully clearing the examination requires comprehensive knowledge and practical experience of BW-on-HANA.

Taking the SAP Certified Application Specialist - SAP BW powered by HANA SPS12 (Edition 2016) certification examination is easier if you have any of these certifications:

  • C_TBW45_70 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Business Intelligence with SAP NetWeaver 7.0)
  • C_TBW55_73 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Modeling and Data Management with SAP BW 7.3 & SAP BI 4.0)
  • C_TBW60_74 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Modeling and Data Management with SAP BW 7.4)
  • C_TBW65_73 (SAP Certified Application Associate - Administration and Operations with SAP BW 7.3 and SAP BI 4.0)
  • P_BIE_70 (SAP Certified Application Professional - Enterprise Data Warehousing with SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse BW 7.0)
  • P_BIE_73 (SAP Certified Application Professional - Modeling and Data Management with SAP BW 7.3 & SAP BI 4.0)

Topics Covered

  • Data Provisioning into SAP HANA as well as SAP BW
  • Getting Started with SAP BW and SAP HANA
  • Hybrid Modeling in Mixed Scenarios
  • Migration to SAP BW on SAP HANA
  • Modeling with SAP’s Reference Architecture LSA++
  • Optimization Areas in SAP BW on SAP HANA
  • SAP BW on SAP HANA Data Management

Exam Details

Total questions: 40
Type of questions: Multiple-choice, multiple-option
Minimum passing score: 60%
Duration: 90 minutes
Fees: N/A
Language(s): English, Japanese, and Spanish

8. Financials in SAP S/4HANA for SAP ERP Finance Experts (SAP S/4HANA 1809)

Level: Professional

A professional with the SAP Certified Application Professional - Financials in SAP S/4HANA for SAP ERP Finance Experts (SAP S/4HANA 1809) certification can prepare, set up, and lead the implementation of the Financials in SAP S/4HANA in an SAP project.

Interested candidates must have at least 5 years of experience in SAP ERP (Financial accounting or Management accounting). The professional-level SAP certification assesses a candidate’s understanding of architectural and functional differences between SAP ERP Financials and SAP S/4HANA Finance.

Candidates with the Financials in SAP S/4HANA for SAP ERP Finance Experts (SAP S/4HANA 1809) certification have all the knowledge and skills to assume the role of an application consultant or supervisor in a team responsible for implementing Financials in SAP S/4HANA.

Topics Covered

  • Architecture Overview of Financials in SAP S/4HANA and the Central Finance Solution
  • Asset Accounting Configuration in SAP Accounting Powered by SAP HANA
  • Basics of Cash Management Powered by SAP HANA and SAP BPC for SAP S/4HANA
  • Basics of SAP HANA, SAP S/4HANA, and SAP Fiori
  • Conversion and Post-conversion Activities for Financials in SAP S/4HANA
  • Financial Accounting Configuration in SAP Accounting Powered by SAP HANA
  • Management Accounting Configuration in SAP Accounting Powered by SAP HANA
  • System Preparation and Configuration for Conversion of Financials in SAP S/4HANA

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-choice, multiple-option
Minimum passing score: 64%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: N/A
Language(s): English

9. SAP Commerce Cloud 1905 Developer

Level: Professional

The SAP Certified Developer Professional - SAP Commerce Cloud 1905 Developer certification ensures that a candidate has professional-level knowledge and experience working with the SAP Commerce Cloud Suite 1905 platform.

Other than going through the topic areas mentioned to prepare for the professional-level SAP certification exam, candidates must also study the SAP Commerce Cloud Suite documentation available at help.hybris.com.

Hands-on experience of at least 3 years with the SAP Commerce Cloud is a prerequisite for taking the SAP Commerce Cloud 1905 Developer certification.

Topics Covered

  • Backoffice and Backoffice Cockpits Modifications
  • Commerce and Accelerator
  • Commerce Cloud and Cloud Portal Basics
  • Customer Experience
  • Data Modeling
  • Orders
  • PCM Basics and Price Modeling
  • Platform Basics
  • Platform Features
  • Search and Navigation
  • User Management

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-choice, multiple-option
Minimum passing score: 61%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: N/A
Language(s): English

10. System Security Architect

Level: Professional

The SAP Certified Technology Professional - System Security Architect certification ensures that the candidate has in-depth knowledge and multi-year experience with SAP System Security and Authorization.

A professional with the System Security Architect certification can assume the role of an SAP Security Architect who has a good understanding of the technology consultation and can use the same to guide or direct the implementation of a particular SAP project.

An SAP-certified System Security Architect is also able to evaluate and review the security of the complex cloud, hybrid system, and on-premise architectures.

Topics Covered

  • Authorization, Security, and Scenarios in SAP HANA
  • Authorization Concept for SAP Business Suite
  • Authorization Concept for SAP S/4HANA
  • SAP Netweaver Application Server Security
  • SAP System Security Fundamentals
  • Secure SAP System Management
  • Security in SAP Gateway and SAP Fiori System Landscape

Exam Details

Total questions: 80
Type of questions: Multiple-choice, multiple-option
Minimum passing score: 63%
Duration: 180 minutes
Fees: N/A
Language(s): English

SAP Certification Exam Structure and Approach

Each SAP certification allows candidates to have 6 attempts at passing the certification examination. It is possible to pick test dates as per your liking. For each certification, SAP recommends mixing preferred education courses with practical experience.

In addition to the online mode, candidates can also choose to have an on-site examination at an SAP training center. Each SAP certification examination has its distinct knowledge domains dubbed Topic Areas. Moreover, each exam has different time durations, the total number of questions, and the minimum passing percentage.

The approach of preparing for an SAP certification also depends on the proficiency level i.e., whether its associate-level, specialist-level, or professional-level.

Most associate-level certifications are entry-level programs i.e.; they don’t necessitate working experience. Many of the specialist-level SAP certifications demand a few years of industry experience. Professional-level programs require many years of job experience.

Certain SAP certification exams might contain unscored items. These are primarily tested for future releases of the concerned examination. These are called unscored because they aren’t added to the final score. Moreover, these items are distributed arbitrarily across the topics.

Perks of an SAP Certification/Why to Get SAP Certified?

There are several benefits of gaining an SAP certification. One of them is that it is one of the industry-leading certifications. Moreover, SAP certifies its products and services. So, certification value is maintained at a high level.

Other major benefits of gaining an SAP certification are:

  • Boost in confidence for carrying out various SAP-based tasks.
  • Better promotion chances.
  • Global recognition.
  • Increase in salary prospects for the present job designation.

All SAP certifications are offered by the SAP Education and the Certification & Enablement Influence Council.

Conclusion

That sums up our pick of the top 10 SAP certification programs, plus their perks and the approach to the certification examination. Hopefully, now it will be easier for you to pick the most suitable SAP certification or at least get to know about SAP certifications a little better.

What SAP certification did you decide to go for from the list? Did you choose some other SAP certification? Which SAP certification(s) do you think is (are) the best? Let us know in the comments. All the best!

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Simran Kaur Arora

Simran Kaur Arora

Simran works at Hackr as a technical writer. The graduate in MS Computer Science from the well known CS hub, aka Silicon Valley, is also an editor of the website. She enjoys writing about any tech topic, including programming, algorithms, cloud, data science, and AI. Traveling, sketching, and gardening are the hobbies that interest her. View all posts by the Author

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