*According to an internal SAP survey, 82 percent of hiring managers find SAP certification to be important or very important when making a hiring decision.
*if you’re going to invest in certification, invest in SAP’s own three-tiered certification offering, which is the only official, SAP-recognized certification offering in the marketplace. Lots of third parties currently offer SAP ‘certification,’ but SAP is going to be more aggressive about regulating these kinds of claims.
*According to SAP’s tracking of its 120,000 certified consultants, certification is most important at the early stages of an SAP career, but fades in importance later on. It is in response to this that SAP offers a ‘master’ tier of certification to recognize and reward senior-level consultants.
*SAP’s certification seeks to encourage and enable lifelong learning. It is part of the process of becoming a better SAP consultant. Thus, certification is not an end but a means.
It’s human nature to be afraid of open-ended processes. The biggest problem in the SAP careers marketplace is the skills shortage, which is itself a function not just of a manpower shortage but of a conniving attitude to SAP credentials. On many SAP job boards, it isn’t unusual to learn of SAP newcomers attempting to cheat on their interviews, inflating their experience, or otherwise misrepresenting their skills. We’ve long maintained that SAP has to take the lead in addressing this problem, and the SAP certification podcast indicates that it is very much on Walldorf’s mind.
Demir Barlas, Site Editor