OMG Certification for BPM – OCEB

Not sure if anybody has noticed the BPM certification programme that the OMG is developing and made mention of earlier in the year?

It is currently in Beta testing and according to the The OMG-Certified Expert in BPM (OCEB) Beta programme website it should be rolled out toward the end of 2008.

The OCEB™ program – OMG-Certified Expert in BPM – will consist of five examinations, granting five Certifications. Above the single Fundamental level, the program splits into two tracks – one Business-oriented , the other Technically oriented.

The certification levels are as follows:

  • OCEB Fundamental
  • OCEB Business Intermediate
  • OCEB Technical Intermediate
  • OCEB Business Advanced
  • OCEB Technical Advanced

OMG used authors from various organisations to design the scope of the certifications and write the questions for the five OCEB™ examinations. It seems to be very US focusssed and as yet I have not seen any evidence of OCEB on the European news wires.

9 thoughts on “OMG Certification for BPM – OCEB

  1. OCEB certification is just as important as IT professionals having their A+/Networking+ certifications. It shows that you have the fundamental and essential business management knowledge along with knowing how to build process models that are standardized.

    Learning all the material is not that easy, as their is a half dozen books to read, including specification guides and additional material.

    I was lucky enough to find one website that offers everything you need to know, as well as 2 practice exams.

  2. Dear Roeland,

    I’m going to register for the OCEB Business Intermediate soon!
    What thing that’s making me uneasy is the depth of the scope in GRC I should have in order to pass this test!
    I’m contacting Mr. Tim Weilkiens on this point too. By the way I am doing the learning on my own. I will naturally focus on BPMN as indicated in the syllabus.
    Any advice or recommendation?

    It’s a great thing that I am getting extra time as non-english native speaker!

    I’m scouring the Web for examples of questions. Can anyone provide valuable links?

    Best Wishes from the Baltic Sea!

  3. In the “New America” if there is one, organizations will need to take a very close look at BPM-especially BPM Standards such as those being developed by OMG. A living process promises to be a cost effective way for building pulse points or check points where validation or fulfillment of internal and external requirements can be documented, such as the myriad of policy and regulatory requirements that are most certainly going o increase in Financial Institutions, Health Organizations, Insurance etc. world wide. The tedious and costly audit process for compliance can be automated with some level of “transparency”. Application “metering” can be sub processes that cn be triggered either in statistical sampling or percentage selection where full even logging is not practical. The outputs of the “check point” can be used to validate levels of compliance.
    Once the “business rule” BPM engine process is designed for an application it never needs to be re-written, except change the driving external business rules which would contain all the fulfilment parameters (binomial table of course), that the BPM would use to “score” a check point pass fail result logged in the aplicaion analyzer.
    Therefor it does not matter whether or not a consortium of vendors take a lead on developing the standards, where would we be without vendor products? and there is no argument that standards save everybody whole lot of aggravation.
    I am all for it, though I do not think one needs to be certified to be knowledgeable on anything, its just that we are a system of certificates since grade school. I wonder in the wild west whether people who were “certified gun slingers” could really beat Wyatt Earp, who was self trained.

  4. The value that this provides to a BPM practitioner/professional is that BPMN training certifies you as a competent process modeler. BPMN is the standard notation for Business Process Modeling and it’s use is expanding more and more. Anyone can jot down a process on a piece of paper but those who are certified know exactly how to display a process, and how to ensure that those processes are the most efficient for the applicable business. By having one standard notation such as BPMN, processes can be understood by anyone who looks at them – as opposed to having multiple process ‘languages’.

    Interfacing Technologies Corporation provides OCEB training for anyone who is interested in becoming certified. They are in partnership with the OMG and are heavily involved in the creation of OCEB – formulating questions and establishing the guidelines for certification.

    If you would like to take a look at Interfacing’s OCEB program , I suggest taking a look at their site. In addition, Interfacing has a number of informative videos on their website that will be of great use to anyone interested in learning more about BPM.

    Interfacing also has a number of very useful products – a 100% Free BPMN Modeler add-on the Microsoft Visio , as well as Enterprise Wide Software .

    For the lighter side of BPM, check out Interfacing’s blog – Stan the Consultant .

  5. “Certification” from a vendor consortium promoting technical specifications… so they test that you know their “standards” like BPMN… what kind of certification is that? Who needs it? What value could this provide to a BPM practitioner/professional?

  6. Hi,
    I blogged on this item before, see

    The fundamentals exam is a bit American focused, but only on specific parts such as compliance (a lot of SOX and Cobit, although I encounter both in European companies as well). The more GRC (Governance, Risk & Compliance) approach in BPM typical for Europe could be covered a bit more. However, in the Business Intermediate (which I am betatesting now), BaselII and ITIL are covered, both quite European inventions…
    If you check the OCEB site on page, you will notice already a German company providing OCEB training. In The Netherlands (my homebase) we are still evaluating the training opportunity. It is a bit early to see if this is going to be a success. I believe though it is a good initiative, since there were a number of smaller “Certified BPM” training possibilities, but what does certified mean if it is only a small company behind it – OMG should have more leverage here.

    Roeland Loggen

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