In this post we would like to suggest a framework for getting SAP certification that is particularly relevant for fresh graduates in Asia Pacific region (we will use India as an example). This framework is largely based on the iconographics How to Get SAP Certification shared by Pramila Nagaraj on our Facebook page. We would like to thank her for sharing this iconographics and publish it on our blog in order to let more people read about it.
In a highly competitive SAP jobs market as India, finding the first job for a fresh graduate represents a compelling challenge. The necessity to compete with experienced SAP consultants for the few available job openings may sometimes be frustrating. While SAP certification is not always a critical factor, it could in some cases give a small competitive advantage. For this reason, many freshers consider getting SAP certified on the associate level. But then, the question they are facing is how to get SAP certification?
Normally, getting admitted for SAP certification is not a big deal. You just register for SAP certification exam online, pay around 500 USD, and is welcome to write the certification. The situation in India is, however, remarkably different. SAP Education introduced in India a set of prerequisites that one has to be fulfill in order to admitted to write the exam. Basically, in order to qualify for these requirements, one has to either have 1-2 years of relevant SAP experience working at a company that is an SAP partner or one has to purchase online or classroom SAP training. The problem is that none of these requirements are feasible to fresh graduates. They have not yet have SAP experience, nor have they money to pay for extremely expensive SAP training courses. How then fresh graduates can proceed? Is there a solution? How to get SAP certification?
Well, let us consider the iconographics made by Pramila. Suppose, that we have fresh graduates (MBA, CA, ICWA) that want to become certified functional consultants in one of SAP modules (e.g., SAP BI, SAP FI, SAP MM, SAP SD). What are their options to get SAP certification? Well, the first opportunity is if they are students of a college or a university that is registered as a member in SAP India University Alliance. In this case they have an option for getting certified on the campus. If the first option does not work for them (e.g., their university is not in SAP University Alliance), then, it is necessary to consider the second option. The second option means that graduates should try to join one of the training centers authorized by SAP Education. It is important to make sure that a training center is trustworthy because there are many institutes that try to deceive their students. Read more about fake SAP training here. How to get SAP certification at an authorized training center? Usually, they offer a training course and after completion of this course offer students to pass SAP certification. If option number two does not work for us, it is time to consider the third possibility. According to the third option, fresh graduates should try join an entry level SAP project support role (ideally, for SAP implementation but it is difficult) and spend some time working for a company. Gain 0.6 – 1.5 years of SAP support experience and appear for SAP certification at the cost of your company.
How to get SAP certification if none of these options did not work out? Then, you should consider possibility number five. You can try to join entry level support basis project roles in SAP channel partners that is outsourcing SAP consultants. Try to gain experience in E2E cycle of 1 – 2 years and appear for SAP certification directly.
And of course, we include in this post the original iconographics How to Get SAP Certification made by Pramila. It is below.
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