OMG Certified Expert in BPM™ 2 (OCEB™ 2)
OCEB 2 Exam Information
Recognizing that BPM practitioners on the Business Side and Technical Side of our industry use different sets of concepts and tools, the OCEB 2 program splits into two tracks above the Fundamental level (as shown in the figure below) to define separate Intermediate and Advanced level certifications. Certification at each level requires certification at all levels below it in its track. Candidates may take the examinations in any order, but Intermediate and Advanced Certifications will only be awarded after prerequisite requirements have been met.
This program is transitioning to OCEB 2, based on BPMN 2. For details, read the introductory section of this website's Landing Page or FAQ Page. Details for the Fundamental exam and Business Intermediate exam listed below are for the OCEB 2 version, both available now (The original versions of these two exams have been withdrawn and are no longer available for registration or testing); because the Technical Intermediate exam won't be released until mid-2017, details below reflect the currently-available original OCEB version.
The group of experts from top BPM companies and well-known independent consultants who designed the OCEB and OCEB 2 topical coverage and wrote the questions for the set of examinations want peers and prospective employers to feel confident about a certified candidate’s ability to participate in or lead real-world initiatives in enterprise BPM. To accomplish this, OCEB 2 tests not only a candidate's knowledge of the domain's standards (such as BPMN 2™, BMM, and BPMM), but also aspects of the application of those standards in the field, and of industry best practices, over a wide range of business process-related topics. All exam questions are multiple-choice. Skills are tested by asking a question about a short scenario, presented in a few sentences or a small BPMN diagram.
OCEB 2: With the scope of knowledge and skills covered in the OCEB 2 Fundamental examination, and a corresponding amount of industry experience, a BPM Practitioner holding the OCEB 2 Fundamental Certification should be a productive and responsible member of a BPM team. Serving as prerequisite for all of the higher-level OCEB 2 certifications, this exam first covers basic concepts and terms in business itself, business motivation and planning, and business process and business process management. The exam then covers Business Process Modeling by testing candidates on the definition and usage of the BPMN 2 elements identified in the specification itself as essential: The Descriptive Conformance Class and the Analytic Conformance Class. (40% of the exam) The exam concludes with a section on process quality, governance, and metrics frameworks, rounding out the knowledge base of a competent fundamental BPM practitioner. This certification is prerequisite for the OCEB 2 Business and Technical Intermediate Certifications, and expires five years from the date the exam is passed.
OCEB 2: With this level of knowledge and expertise, and a corresponding amount of industry experience, a BPM Practitioner holding the OCEB 2 Business Intermediate Level Certification should be qualified to design and execute, as part of a team and possibly as a team leader, a BPM project of moderate scope including distributed components. Extended coverage of the BMM lets the candidate relate their BPM projects to business need, while near-complete coverage of BPMN 2 enables modeling to cover the many aspects of processes encountered in business today including compensation, complex gateways and events, conversation and choreography diagrams, error handling, and more. (The OCEB 2 Technical Intermediate exam will complete coverage of BPMN 2.) By adding coverage of Decision Management and Modeling to Business Rules, this level covers decision-making well beyond BPMN decision gateways, while the benefits of a shared business vocabulary, introduced through SBVR, adds another important point of view. (Similarly, the OCEB 2 Technical Intermediate exam will round out coverage of DMM.) Finally, this level covers Frameworks for Process Quality and Governance concentrating on SOX, COBIT, ITIL, Six Sigma, and LEAN. The OCEB 2 Business Intermediate Certification requires the OCEB 2 Fundamental Certification as prerequisite, and is prerequisite for the OCEB 2 Business Advanced Certification. The OCEB 2 Business Intermediate Certification expires five years from the date the OCEB 2 Business Intermediate exam is passed.
Original OCEB: With this level of knowledge and expertise, and a corresponding amount of industry experience, a BPM Practitioner holding the OCEB Technical Intermediate Level Certification could be qualified for a number of responsible positions on the technical side of an organization: He or she could initiate, organize, and lead a BPM project implementation or integration of a single application within an existing technical architecture, or supervise a group implementing a process that integrates into an enterprise-wide system coordinated by a holder of an OCEB Advanced Certification. Or, such a Certified BPM practitioner would be able to provide high-level support for Technical-side topics in an enterprise-scale BPM Center of Excellence (CoE), or direct initial technical-oriented training and quality assurance for BPM projects. The OCEB Technical Intermediate Certification requires the OCEB Fundamental Certification, and is the prerequisite for the OCEB Technical Advanced Certification.
OCEB 2 Technical Intermediate Coming Soon.
With this level of knowledge and expertise, and a corresponding amount of industry experience, a BPM Practitioner holding the OCEB Business Advanced Level Certification could be qualified to lead a major BPM project implementation from the business community perspective, or to advise senior management on the application and optimization of business processes to achieve strategic goals. He or she could be able to provide both visionary and practical guidance for large-scale enterprise-wide BPM deployments with highly complex interdependent processes, or establish and manage a BPM Center of Excellence (CoE), or design and provide in-depth business-oriented training and quality assurance for BPM technologies. This examination, with little BPMN content, is not being modified in the transition to OCEB 2. The OCEB 2 Business Advanced Certification requires OCEB 2 Business Intermediate Certification as prerequisite. The OCEB 2 Business Advanced Certification expires five years from the date the Business Advanced exam is passed.
With this level of knowledge and expertise, and a corresponding amount of industry experience, a BPM Practitioner holding the OCEB Technical Advanced Level Certification could be qualified to lead the technical side of a major BPM automation project, or to advise senior management on the automation and monitoring of business processes to achieve strategic goals and meet GRC requirements. He or she could be able to provide both visionary and practical technical guidance for large-scale enterprise-wide BPM deployments with highly complex interacting processes, or build and manage the technical side of a BPM Center of Excellence (CoE), or design and provide in-depth technically-oriented training and quality assurance for BPM technologies. The OCEB Technical Advanced Certification requires both the OCEB or OCEB 2 Fundamental Certification and the OCEB Technical Intermediate Certification as prerequisites.
Because the lower levels are prerequisite for higher-level certifications, lower-level material is not tested again explicitly on the higher-level exams although it is likely to appear as context for a question at the higher level. Consistent with this, you'll find that the difference between levels as you move up the OCEB examination series lies not so much in the difficulty of the individual questions as in the scope of material they cover. We believe that the range of material covered by the Intermediate and Advanced examinations in both tracks is extensive enough that mastery is a significant accomplishment, and that practitioners who study for and attain the Intermediate (two examinations, 180 questions) and Advanced (three examinations, 270 questions) OCEB 2 certifications fully deserve the elite status conferred by their accomplishment.
Should I certify on the Business Side, or Technical Side, or Both?
Our BPM experts designed the Fundamental certification to cover the skills and knowledge most-used in BPM, plus a set of topics - such as governance and process quality frameworks - that come up frequently in conversations and interactions in analysis and implementation of business processes. At the Intermediate and Advanced levels, there is very little overlap of coverage between the two sides: BPMN coverage in the Business track concentrates on aspects and constructs used to represent the As-Is process, analyze it, and build the To-Be process; moving beyond BPMN, the business-side examinations cover business aspects of process analytics, process optimization, governance and regulatory compliance, and the business side of many other topics. In contrast, the higher-level Technical Side examinations cover advanced BPMN capabilities concentrating on the ability to read and implement complex BPMN models, including familiarity with the van der Aalst workflow patters, topics in Business Rules, SOA, and MDA®; Privacy and Security concerns, and Process Metrics from the technical point of view - that is, collecting information at the right places and the right times for storage or display on a business dashboard.
So - If you work exclusively on only one side - that is, Business or Technical, but not both - and you don't interact much with people or projects on the other side, then certification in only one track may be enough for you. But if you work at the intersection of business process analysis and automation, or concentrate on one side but interact with people on the other, or if you're a consultant and use your comprehensive expertise to establish credibility with clients, you should seriously consider certifying in both the Business and Technical tracks.
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