SAP® Certification Academy

The SAP® Certification Academy is one of the unique aspects of The ERP Initiative at Grand Valley State University. This intensive two-week (10 day) Academy, during GVSU's spring/summer term, is offered at just a handful of universities across North America.  Both business and non-business students completing the Academy and passing the SAP® Certification exam will have the advantage of a good understanding of business processes adopted by companies around the world.  In addition to the knowledge they gain, participants also demonstrate their interest in and aptitude for working with SAP® or other ERP systems.

By the end of the Academy, participants are able to:

  • Explain the organizational structures used in each business process.
  • Identify the key master data which must be maintained to execute each business process.
  • Discuss the ERP transactions required to complete each business process cycle.
  • Identify the key integration points between the different business disciplines supporting each business process cycle.

On the tenth and final day of the Academy, students will sit for the SAP® exam. The typical pass rate for the exam is 65%; however, the academy at GVSU has boasted an above average pass rate for several years.

Benefits

  • Execute tasks with confidence and skill.
  • Individuals with SAP skills are highly sought after, and often receive pay increases that outpace the market.
  • Exclusive access to SAP's®' private website which contains important news items, help documents, patches and other software.
  • Distinguish yourself in the current marketplace by becoming an SAP® Certified Associate.

 

Who Should Participate

Current business and non-business students who want to pursue a more advanced and technical SAP skill set that gives you an immense competitive advantage in the job-market, including unique opportunities in various types and levels of career choices.  Students must also meet the following prerequisites:


SAP® Certification Academy Registration

2019 SAP® Certification Academy
August 12 – 23, 2019
Seidman College of Business,
Grand Valley State University

Prerequisites

Only students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate academic program at an SAP® University Alliance institution (Grand Valley is such an institution), are eligible to participate. This is an intense educational experience and it is essential that participants be proficient with business processes and SAP® ERP through one or more of the following (with a B or better):  MGT 351 or BUS 610

Capacity of the Academy is 45 participants. Applications will be received on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.  To ensure that application and payment are properly received, you must register and pay online then email the person designated on the application form.  If the Academy is full when your application is received, you can join a waiting list.  Preference will be given to Grand Valley students.


 

Total Cost

On/Before 
May 31, 2019

$1,300*
*Cost includes two weeks of instruction, all instructional materials, access to an SAP® system and the certification exam fee.

After
May 31, 2019

$1,400*
*Cost includes two weeks of instruction, all instructional materials, access to an SAP® system and the certification exam fee.


Date

Details

4/1/19

$200 payment to reserve a spot.

Payments are fully refundable up to 5/31/19.

6/30/19

Late-Registration balance due.

Payments refundable with a $200 penalty between  5/31/19 and 6/30/19.

No refunds after 6/30/19.

ALL deposits and fees are refunded in the event of the certification academy cancellation.

Capacity of the Academy is 45 participants. Applications will be received on a “first-come, first-serve” basis.  To ensure that application and payment are properly received, you must register and pay online then email the person designated on the application form.  If the Academy is full when your application is received, you can join a waiting list.  Preference will be given to Grand Valley students.

 

2019 Certification Registration

**We no longer accept other means of payment and documentation.**

To short the time to electronically process your registration.  Please have this form, completed, saved, and tested to make sure it contains all the needed information.  You will be uploading this file when you process your credit card payment.

 

Certification Registration Fillable Form


SAP® Certification Academy Award

Administered through the Seidman College of Business, the SAP® Certification Academy Award is presented for $650 to be applied towards certification registration fees.

 

Qualifications

Qualified candidates must be a current Grand Valley State University student or recent alumni, have completed one or more ERP related courses with a B or better grade, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.5/4.0.

 

Submission Requirements

Along with the online application, students must upload:

  • a current resume
  • a current unofficial transcript
  • a personal letter of recommendation*, and
  • a two-page essay

Essay should highlight academic successes, SAP® related career goals, value of taking the certification academy and any other personal insight you wish to provide.

*Management ERP faculty may not be used as a personal reference.

 

Online Application

Application is only available online
and will must be completed by April 15, 2019 at 11:59pm.

Decisions will be transmitted by May 1, 2019.

 

Award sponsored by:  The Seidman College of Business


SAP® Certification Academy Students' Perspectives

Steven Merritt

Certification Importance From A Student's Perspective

If there were one thing that I would recommend every MIS major should do, it would be to participate in the SAP Certification Academy. As a former ERP Initiative intern it was strongly recommended by Dr. Magal that I participate in the SAP Certification Academy. I graduated in 2011 and I decided not to participate in the SAP Certification Academy, which I later came to regret. The benefits of the certification became very evident when a position that I interviewed for was offered to a candidate who was SAP certified. In 2013, I returned to Grand Valley to complete the MIS major and to participate in the SAP Certification Academy.

Becoming SAP Certified is without a doubt one of, if not the biggest factor, in securing a job after graduating. The sense of accomplishment you have when you complete the academy is unrivaled by anything else you will experience in the classroom and opens many doors for you in the future. - Steven Merritt


Megan Laughlin

Certification Preparation From A Student's Perspective

Hello my name is Megan Laughlin and I’m here to tell you about the most rewarding experience I’ve had here at GVSU. The SAP certification was the most intense/rewarding academic challenge that I’ve ever faced. After finishing MGT 351 Professor Magal told me that I needed to read Integrated Business Processes with ERP Systems cover to cover in order to prepare for the intense two week course. The SAP certification manual has fourteen chapters and the first nine chapters in the manual are found in the book I previously mentioned.  I wish I would have studied much more and had created summaries/cheat sheets for each of the chapters. I recommend that you make a study schedule for the summer and cover a chapter a week.

One of the best tips I can give a student that is planning to participate in SAP certification is to create an empty binder and divide it into fourteen sections so that you can keep organized during these two weeks. It’s important to stay organized during this certification because you need all the time you can devote to studying not rummaging through papers trying to find your summaries or quizzes. After completing each chapter during class time you will be given a quiz. The best studying technique for this certification is to find a group and discuss each question from the quizzes while trying to understand the main topic of each question. You cannot go through this certification alone making study groups is key.

While going through this certification you will feel overwhelmed by the amount of material you’re given. It’s important to keep calm and devote all of your time to studying during these those two weeks. Each lunch break there will be companies that will buy you lunch as well as inform you about the opportunities offered at their company. As I said at the beginning of this summary of my experience I said that this was the most rewarding experience I’ve had here at GVSU.  Taking this certification will open many doors for you and you’ll be able to secure a job for when graduation rolls around. I hope my experience will help you on your path to taking the SAP certification . If you have any more questions about this certification your more than welcome to contact me. ~ Megan Laughlin


Steven Uebelacker

Certification Experience From A Student's Perspective

The first day walking into the classroom to begin the academy was very intimidating.  When I got the 1000 page manual, I felt beyond over whelmed, but everyone else was feeling the same.  The way the information was taught though, was designed to make you pass by focusing only on what was relevant to the exam.  For me, this made it a lot better just because I knew I wasn’t wasting any time or motivation on listening to lectures, or studying the material.  The best part was the free lunches and all the presentations companies would give us.  I could tell just by the way they talked about their company, and why they wanted/needed students with a SAP certification, that I wasn’t wasting my time there. It was the most rewarding experience I’ve had at Grand Valley, and has helped me be successful in both my academic career, along with securing a job after I graduated. 
~ Steven Uebelacker



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