Associate-level certification exams in SAP cover material taught in courses or in SAP training manuals; these exams do not test actual product experience. In contrast, the professional-level certification exams are designed to test a person's professional experience implementing and using SAP products. Master-level certification candidates will need to meet other professional requirements in addition to passing the exam. A candidate does not need to hold lower-level certifications in order to sit for higher-level exams.
SAP stresses that its exams are specifically designed to test competency based on actual experience and, as such, those with several years of experience should be prepared to take the professional- or master-level exams. It should also be noted that certifications test knowledge on specific SAP products, so there are many different certifications available.
Prerequisites include training and experience with SAP software. Various types and levels of certification are available.
Similar to its biggest competitor, Oracle, SAP certification exams have restricted registration; however, SAP's scope of registration is bigger than Oracle's. There are no prerequisites for the professional and associate levels of certification. Candidates simply choose the exam they think is best suited for their knowledge and experience.
SAP itself offers educational programs designed to prepare students for its certification exams. There are also third-party preparation programs available. These courses are not required to sit for the exam, but are useful to those with limited knowledge of SAP products. Here are some courses you might see in these programs:
- Accounting systems analysis
- Financial reporting in SAP
- ABAP (Advanced Business Application Programming)
- SAP enterprise resource computing
- Supply chain software
Career Options and Outlook
SAP is the fourth largest software company worldwide, and its products are used by an increasing number of businesses. Therefore, SAP certification is a widely sought skill set in the current job market. The company's website also hosts a job board allowing employers to connect with certified professionals. Here are a few common listings from that board:
- SAP project manager
- Managing consultant
- SAP application specialist
- SAP consultant
- ABAP developer
SAP certification is available to potential students interested in areas of study that include accounting systems and financial reporting. Jobs in the field have titles like project manager and SAP consultant.