4 Questions to ask yourself when selecting a Business Process Management (BPM) certification program

So you want to take your career to the next level and become a certified Business Process Management (BPM) professional? Stop right there….there’s a few questions you need to ask yourself first!

Question #1: Am I Ready?

Most BPM certification programs require applicants to have well-honed business capabilities before taking part. At least four years' experience working in process improvement/management could be required along with demonstrable expertise in different disciplines associated with BPM (e.g. Lean Six Sigma, Enterprise Architecture, SOA, etc.). As with most things in life, a little practical experience goes a long way!

Embarking on training? Stop and ask yourself these questions first!

Question #2: Does the Course Cater for My Needs?

Business Process Management is a broad topic area and the curriculum of different training providers can vary widely (see our related article "What should you look for in a BPM certification program?"). It’s crucial that you reflect on your specific needs (and those of your business!) and whether the training program addresses them with usable skills.

As well as gaining a strong knowledge of the history and core concepts of BPM, you might be interested in learning about more specific topics such as business process technologies and different approaches to process measurement.

Question #3: How flexible is the course (and will it work with my lifestyle)?

If you’re undertaking BPM certification as part of a busy working life, you’ll need a program that gives you the flexibility to fit in study with your everyday activities.

Several providers have made full use of the internet and the explosion of devices such as smartphones and tablets to make their courses as easily available as possible.

The International BPM Institute, for instance, offers what it describes as "true mobile courses" accessible on any device from any location, as well as features including live collaboration and discussions via a micro-blog.

Question #4: Does practical content to complement the theory?

There is only so much that can be learned from a textbook, so you’ll want to check that the course has enough practical content and real-world relevance to complement the theoretical learning.

Case studies, problem scenarios and projects focusing on particular aspects of BPM can all prove useful tools and help put the theory in a recognizable context.

A good course will also show you how to apply your skills and knowledge in the real world by outlining particular approaches that can be employed within you company to maximize the benefits of BPM.