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SAP Certification: Preparing for #HANA:
How to Achieve #SAP Certified Technology
Associate #Certification
Tom Cenens 2012/10/29
This certification track is geared towards verification of technical knowledge on SAP HANA. Role wise
the certification is suitable for SAP basis administrators, SAP security administrators and SAP technical
consultants who are involved in the implementation of SAP HANA.
Passing the certification
How do you prepare yourself for the actual certification? I invite you to read on and I hope that
your questions get answered by this blog post. If you still have questions, feel free to comment
on the blog post but note that I will certainly not provide exam questions / answers so please
dont ask here and please dont mail me to ask because Im not handing them out. The aim of
the blog post is to create awareness around the certification and provide additional information
which can increase the chances to pass the certification and hopefully also help you to better
understand the positioning of the certification.
Educational content
A first challenge rises when the topic educational content comes to mind.
E-training
All SAP HANA core courses are available as e-training. One example of e-training is HA100R, the online
equivalent to HA100 (introduction to SAP HANA). You can follow a part of HA100R as a sample through one of
the respective SAP demo centers web pages: https://training.sap.com/be/en/demo-center
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First, lets take a look at the relevant course content from SAP:
HA100
The newer courses on SAP HANA start with HA. The introduction course is HA100 and its a
prerequisite for HA200 (installation administration for SAP HANA SPS04). I followed TZH200 which
is the older course (installation administration for SAP HANA SPS03).
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HA100 is the introduction course to SAP HANA and features theoretical know-how on SAP HANA.
HA100 provides an overview of SAP HANA, discusses the architecture and takes a look at the data
provisioning for SAP HANA as well as the interfaces to the available front-ends.
HA200
Course content based on SAP HANA SPS04
SAP course HA200 is the successor to TZH200 and should tackle a number of issues that existed in SAP
course TZH200. You can see that an additional day of training is foreseen as HA200 takes three days versus
TZH200 which takes two days. I cannot comment much on the course content since I followed TZH200. I would
recommend you to follow HA200 if possible because the SAP HANA version of the course is newer and the
course content has been updated.
SAP Certification
C_HANATEC_1
The C_HANATEC_1 certification has been reworked recently to be more work related and it shows
in the certification questions. I strongly recommend that you get hands-on experience with SAP
HANA before attempting to pass the certification. Why? Because you should know where you can
find what and which details are located where in the SAP HANA studio for example and those
types of questions become much easier after having sufficient hands-on training. As such, in
my opinion, its not a good idea to do the certification right after following SAP course HA200.
Instead, take some time to play around in SAP HANA and study the relevant course content.
Too easy?
There have been claims from the SAP community that the SAP HANA certification would be too
easy but thats not the case in my opinion. On the contrary, it seems many are failing the exam
so those who claim its too easy either have studied to a sufficient extent and dont want to state
it (not cool, right?) or they have been reading up on SAP HANA a lot or perhaps they have been
using SAP HANA for a sufficient amount of time. For an associate level certification, the exam is
definitely not too easy.
Topic areas
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When reading the following information take into account that it represents my own experience with the SAP
HANA certification. In general you should study everything but I hope the additional information can give you a
heads-up / warning not to underestimate certain parts and have a better idea what is important for the exam.
The areas to look out for are the Data Provisioning and Security and Authorization topic areas.
Data provisioning
Its important to have good understanding how the different data provisioning scenarios work
from a technological point of view (architecture, connections etc) and which replication scenario
is used in which situations (what suits best according to the information at hand). For example: if
a customer wants to do X or Y, which is the best solutions are the type of questions to which you
should know the answer.
Security and Authorization
Dont underestimate the questions on security because they are pretty profound and deep
compared to the relevant content of the SAP course (HA200). In the course HA200 little time is
spent on the security. You will probably need to use additional content outside of HA200 to get
the hang of the security authorizations bit.
I would recommend you to check out the guide(s) on security for SAP HANA on http://help.sap.com/
hana_appliance#section3 and to really practice on providing users with specific authorizations because you
need a good understanding of which authorization (privileges, roles) gives access to which content or which
action(s) and so on.
Details
Dont forget to pay attention to details. Some questions really dig into details such as differences
in file names or commands.
Setting up your own SAP HANA training environment
You can get a free 30 day trail of SAP HANA or you can set up your own SAP HANA box on
Amazon AWS (free developer license). This is a great initiative by SAP, for the SAP HANA on
Amazon it means you only have to pay for the Amazon usage which is very affordable if you
maintain it properly. Last months Amazon AWS bill was 18 dollars (this month its about 60
dollar) but then again, I didnt have much time to practice last month. There is a calculator
available which can give you an idea of what the cost is if you spent a certain numbers of hours
(per day or per month) on the SAP HANA box.
See http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-28294 for more information.
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Sample questions
It's always a good idea to check out the sample questions for a certification. They can give you an indication to
what extent you are prepared but don't rely on them too much either because if you redo them multiple times
you are bound to know the answer: https://training.sap.com/uploads/C_HANATEC_1_sample_items.pdf
Expert networking session at SAP TechED Madrid
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I will be hosting an expert networking session on SAP HANA technology certification at SAP TechED Madrid.
Feel free to come to the networking session and ask questions / discuss the topic with me and SAP.
There will also be additional information available at SAP TechED Madrid on the professional level for
functional SAP HANA.
Commonly asked questions and misunderstandings
Some of the questions might make you wonder to what extent some think about the questions they are asking,
but rest assured these questions are being asked. Below I will try to provide honest answers from what I have
seen / heard / experienced.
Can you pass the SAP HANA certification without following a single SAP course?
Yes, it is possible. There is proof on SCN since some community members passed the certification without
following a single SAP course.
In my opinion, this is related to the fact that there is a lot of SAP HANA content available on http://
help.sap.com , http://www.experiencesaphana.com , http://scn.sap.com and other sources.
That, combined with the fact that you can easily set up your own SAP HANA box on Amazon AWS means that
you can self-educate yourself on the topic of SAP HANA to a certain extent.
If it makes sense or not to do this, is something you have to figure out for yourself. Some people prefer to self
educate themselves; others prefer to go to the local SAP Education center to listen to a teacher, ask questions
and practice hands-on while they are there.
It can also be a matter of making the time available to really do it. Following an SAP course at SAP can be a
way to force yourself to spent time on the topic. It can also be an opportunity to meet other participants and
collaborate, socialize and connect.
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The SAP courses feature an environment that is larger than what the Amazon developer license offers as
BusinessObjects and SAP ERP are part of the system landscape environment that is used during the training
at SAP.
In the end there is no right or wrong here, my recommendation is go for the education form that you feel
matches your needs best.
What can you expect from someone who holds an associate level certification?
Recently, a number of certifications have been overhauled; those certifications now focus more on questions
that are geared towards on actual use of the SAP product in question, hands-on, in a work environment.
This brings added value to the certificate compared to what was in place previously but it also means it can be
more challenging to pass the certification without having the actual work experience or hands-on experience
which is targeted in the questions.
As such, it might not always be a good idea to do the certification right after following the SAP course.
Associate level
The associate level certification can show that you are knowledgeable on a topic and the
renewed exams can even proof you have some hands-on experience. What it doesnt prove
is that you would perform well in an implementation project but it is a good start point to get
involved in an implementation project.
What can you expect?
Willingness to learn
Willingness to verify knowledge
Knowledgeable on the topic
At minimum theoretically (conceptual etc)
Overhauled exams proof some hands-on experience (can still be little)
Professional level
The professional level certification show that you are not only knowledgeable but that you have a deeper
understanding of the topic and that you have been working in the topic area to some extent. SAP has plans for
the professional level certification and is working on the professional level certification for SAP HANA but only
for the application track (C_HANAIMP_x). There will not be a SAP HANA technology professional certification
in the near future. There are too many arguments not to have that certification in place yet; one of them is the
need for hands-on verification (or a way to test hands-on knowledge in a sufficient way) for the technical part.
What can you expect?
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Willingness to learn
Willingness to verify knowledge
Knowledgeable on the topic
Beyond theoretical (understanding of related business processes etc)
Overhauled exams proof some hands-on experience (can still be little)
Ive done the professional level certification for SAP Solution Manager Technology Professional.
The professional level certification is definitely more difficult and the exam I did was an
overhauled exam which has questions that require you to have used the product hands-on. Not
having that experience will certainly lower your score and possibly make you fail.
SAP has plans to change the professional certifications (I expect SAP HANA application professional level
to already include these changes) to include additional elements to ensure the certification becomes more
valuable and proves that the certificate holder is even more knowledgeable. You can expect to hear more
about this at SAP TechEd and through the SAP Community Network in the near future.
Will SAP HANA certification deliver you a job on a SAP HANA project or implementation?
Not by default. Many persons are already certified in SAP HANA and competition is fierce on the SAP
consultant market.
Other factors can be that the customer has certain preferences when it comes to experience of a candidate.
Some customers might prefer actual implementation experience or they might prefer someone who has
previous experience in other areas of SAP for example.
Warning: Be careful investing your own money into education & certification. Do it wisely. There is no such
thing as job guarantee.
Will this certification ensure your success?
No, a certification is not a guarantee for success. There are many pointers that make a person or project
successful.
Will you be rich if you educate yourself in SAP HANA?
Not by default. Dont buy into marketing lines which state you will earn X or Y. I always say do
what you love and love what you do. Dont start because its a hype, figure out what its about
and check if you are into it.
Do you think certifications hold added value?
Yes, I do believe certifications hold added value. Its not just the certification that matters. The
journey that gets you to that point is also important and it shows you have willingness to learn
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which is important. Its also a check for yourself to see to what extent you have absorbed the
knowledge on the topic.
How much time do you need to prepare for the certification?
Ive seen this question pass by often and there is no good answer to the question. I can only
recommend for this specific certification that you take some time to practice hands-on and that
you dont rush into the certification the evening of the end of SAP course HA200.
It's probably wise to spend a (some) week(s) on it but it's hard to tell right because it depends on how much
time you have. There is also no good median value, person X might not need much time and person Y might
need a lot of time so take your time and go for the certification when you feel you have sufficient knowledge on
the topic.
As a reference: I took the exam about two weeks after following the SAP course but I didn't
have sufficient time to really learn it very well (I felt underprepared going into the exam). I
also did not have much experience with SAP HANA up front.
What is the passing score?
The passing score for the exam that I took (C_HANATEC_1) was 65%. Please note that this can be subject to
change when the exam versioning changes.
Closing comment
Im very happy with the recent collaboration of SAP Education &Certification department with
the SAP community at large and the SAP Mentors. You can expect to hear more from all parties in
the near future and we invite everyone to use the Training & Education space and its certification
sub-space on SCN to discuss SAP educational and SAP certification related topics.

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2012/10/29 2:33 Kumar Mayuresh
Thanks for sharing. Awesome document for SAP Technology Associate certification.

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Thanks a lot.
Tom Cenens
2012/10/29 6:36 Andy Silvey
Great job Tom

All the best

Andy.
2012/10/29 7:18 Kevin Grove
Tom

Another great blog. You have provided some very valuable advice for those looking to
pursue certification. Now "if only" I can get my hands on a 26 hour day, I will be ready to
pursue the training myself.

Kevin Grove
2012/10/30 6:05 Tom Cenens Kumar Mayuresh
Hi Kumar

Thanks for the nice comment.

Best regards
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Tom
2012/10/30 6:05 Tom Cenens Andy Silvey
Hi Andy

Thank you for your nice comment.

Best regards
Tom
2012/10/30 6:10 Tom Cenens Kevin Grove
Hi Kevin

Thanks for your nice comment. I understand what you mean time wise.

It has been very hectic lately. After switching companies, I embarged on a HANA quest to
become SAP HANA certified and I also followed the OpenHPI In-Memory Data Management
course which I can seriously recommend to any administrator who wants to know more
about the inner workings of SAP HANA (compression techniquest, why certain choices were
made etc), the course provided a lot of insight to what extent SAP HANA can really change
things around.

Best regards

Tom
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2012/10/30 9:00 Jansi Rani Murugesan
Hi Tom.

Congratulations... and thanks a lot for sharing such a deep...

Indeed very help ful.

Regards,
Jansi
2012/10/30 3:59 Tim Breitwieser
Tom -
congratulation to this comprehensive walk-through on the HANA certification, the exam
preparation and the certification program as such. Overall this blog should be very helpful for
potential test takers so that they know how to prepare and what to expect from the exam.
I would love to see similar blogs on the HANA modeling exam and later on for the HANA
Professional exam (which you can expect being announced not far from now).
Let me add one helpful resource for exam preparation, a set of sample questions.
Tim
2012/10/31 6:36 Tom Cenens Jansi Rani Murugesan
Hi Jansi

Thanks for your comment.
Feel free to ask questions if any arise.
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Best regards

Tom
2012/10/31 6:40 Tom Cenens Tim Breitwieser
Hi Tim,

Thanks for your comment. This blog contains information that I would have wanted before
going into the exam so I hope many can use this to their advantage.

It's probably worth mentioning that a lot of points are valid for the HANA modeling exam (the
fact that the exam is reworked, hands-on experience is more or less a prerequisite, don't
rush into it too fast, Amazon AWS dev license edition can be used to some extent to self
train).

Thanks for the sample questions link, I will update the blog post to have it incorporated.

Best regards

Tom
2012/10/31 7:00 Doug Martino
Tom -
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Excellent overview of the certification process. In addition to the above mentioned excellent
content, there is also a set of technical infromation available which can be used as adjunct
material for people that need to know HANA.

Thank You,
Doug
2012/11/2 11:55 Tim Breitwieser
Hi Tom -
adding to the difference between HA200 and TH200 ...
The new HA200 as successor of TZH200 is now fully aligned with the SPS04 release. The
extension by one day allows students getting more engaged in terms of covered contents
and hands-on experience. Nearly all contents have been reworked, some to a smaller
degree like the SAP HANA studio unit. Other units have gone through a major rework such
as back-up & recovery or monitoring. And there are also new sections such as SAP HANA
pre- & post-installation or Solution Manager in the context of SAP HANA. With that the
course teaches you all relevant technical aspects of SAP HANA from planning stage down
to day-to-day operations. Aside from the content rework the new HA200 comes with an
improved appearance providing a new look & feel.
Tim
2012/11/5 2:15 S Rudra
Hi,

I am writing in from India. Does anyone know if e-academy exists for consultants in India to
do HANA course and get certified. I have been trying to reach SAP Education without any
sucess for doing courses of my choice. SAP Education, India requests for your resume and
then have recommend me for doing SAP HANA installation and administration course at
their academy. Myself being from developer background with six years of SAP Netweaver
Portal experience, I am keenly interested in doing the modelling course for which I am not
allowed. Is this same situation in other parts of the world? Seeking some guidance.
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S Rudra
2012/11/5 2:54 Tim Breitwieser S Rudra
Hi S Rudra -
there is no eAcademy available for HANA training. Alternatively you might check the
available online training courses:
HA100R (https://training.sap.com/course/HA100R-097-g-en/)
HA200R (https://training.sap.com/course/HA200R-097-g-en/) - release in Dec 2012
HA300R https://training.sap.com/course/HA300R-097-g-en/)
HA901R (https://training.sap.com/course/ha901r-097-g-en/
OHA10 (https://training.sap.com/course/oha10-095-g-en/)
Of these, HA100R and HA200R are the most relevant courses to prepare for the HANA
technology certification. More info on preparation see blog above.
Tim
2012/11/6 6:40 Tom Cenens Doug Martino
Hi Doug

Thanks for your comment and adding useful / valuable information to the blog post!

Best regards

Tom
2012/11/6 6:41 Tom Cenens Tim Breitwieser
Hi Tim

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Thanks for adding this information, I'm sure it will be useful / valuable information for many.

Best regards

Tom
2012/11/6 4:43 Benedict Vasanth
Great blog Tom....Thanks for the guidance
Will you be rich if you educate yourself in SAP HANA?
Not by default. Dont buy into marketing lines which state you will earn X or Y. I always say do
what you love and love what you do. like....like...like
2012/11/6 4:50 Andy Silvey Benedict Vasanth
Benedict,

if you share your knowledge, thoughts, experience, following Tom's example, you will always
be rich.

All the best,

Andy.
http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/display/Community/Andy+Silvey%27s.......SAP+NetWeaver
+Basis+Administrator%27s+Toolbox...
2012/11/7 11:04 Mageshwari Ramaiah S Rudra
Hi Rudra,
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As mentioned by Tim, there is no eAcademy available for HANA training. Please send me
your email id so that I can have my team get in touch with you for the HANA training and
certification.

Regards,
Maggie
2012/11/7 3:59 Njungeb Geoffrey
Hello Tom,

Thanks for all the wonderful efforts you are sharing and for all the participants.It's really
helpful.
Please, where can one study HANATEC1 online as a beginner?
Thank you.
2012/11/8 8:37 Andy Silvey Njungeb Geoffrey
Hi,

here are some online official SAP Hana courses:

https://training.sap.com/bundles/product/sap-hana

There is also a mountain of SAP Hana and Business Objects documentation in the SCN
Wiki, the SAP Netweaver Basis Administrator's Toolbox, here:

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http://wiki.sdn.sap.com/wiki/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=309461179&bc=true

All the best,

Andy.