To Be or Not to Be SAP HCM Certified?

  • by Dawn Burns, QA Manager, Howrey LLP
  • March 15, 2006
Some employers require that their employees become SAP certified. If you've ever considered earning your certification, these tips and suggestions may help guide you through the process.
Key Concept
Many different SAP certifications are available. To become certified within an area such as HR, you need to attend all of the courses indicated as a prerequisite for the exam or you need work experience within the area. You can earn certification in multiple modules.

Many people wonder whether they should take the time and spend the money to become certified. Some employers require certifications, some recommend it, and others have no preference. I think it’s a good idea to earn your certification. Almost half of the employers in the SAP market ask for it. Often, consulting companies require certification because they believe it lends credibility to their consultants’ resumes.

The biggest benefit of certification is the knowledge you gain during the process. Once you are certified, you can add this distinction to your resume. It proves that you have mastered the basic concepts associated with your area of expertise. On the other hand, certification takes time and costs money.

Dawn Burns

Dawn Burns is an SAP-certified human resources senior consultant and Quality Assurance Manager and HR Consultant with Howrey LLP. She is a former SAP Human Resources instructor for SAP America and has more than 12 years of experience in human resources and information technology.

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