As I've said many times before, OMG is unique in that we focus on the creation of ecosystems around our standards, rather than on the standards themselves. Part of that ecosystem has included certifying professionals in the use of our standards as part of their methodologies and tools.
Holders of OMG certifications gain industry recognition for their knowledge and skills, as well as their demonstrated commitment to their profession. Certification opens the door to job advancement and promotion and can also present new career opportunities. To employers, certified experts stand out in the large pool of potential job candidates, and create a heightened level of expectation of those professionals.
Currently, OMG offers four certification programs. They are:
- The OMG Certified UML Professional (OCUP)
- The OMG Certified Expert in BPM (OCEB)
- The OMG Certified Systems Modeling Professional (OCSMP)
- The OMG Certified Real-time & Embedded Specialist (OCRES)
Last Tuesday, OMG announced that the OCEB certification program is being updated to OCEB 2, reflecting enhancements made to the Business Process Model and Notation (now BPMN2) specification as it moved to its Version 2.0 major release.
In all, the OCEB 2 Program will update the Fundamental, Business Intermediate, and Technical Intermediate OCEB examinations. As part of the Tuesday announcement, OMG revealed that the OCEB 2 Fundamental examination had just published and is now available for registration and testing, while the OCEB 2 Business Intermediate and Technical Intermediate exams will follow in early 2014, a few months apart. These exams will cover new and revised features of BPMN 2 which include a richer palette of event types, more capable depiction and use of data in process models, representation of business interactions in Collaborations and Choreographies, as well as other features that will facilitate and enhance the modeling of business processes.
We encourage everyone holding the original OCEB certification to recertify with the OCEB 2 program. Only OCEB 2 certified experts have the distinction of holding documented credentials for BPMN 2.0 and its use in both business and technology solutions. To encourage these certified practitioners to upgrade, OMG is offering vouchers giving a discount on their OCEB 2 Fundamental examination. Granted on a sliding scale, the discount starts at 10% but reaches 100% for those who took the original OCEB Fundamental exam most recently.
OCEB and OCEB 2 exams -- and all other OMG certification exams -- are offered worldwide in English at Pearson VUE testing centers. OCEB 2's testing fee is $200 USD in native English-speaking countries and $210 USD in countries where English is not the native language and where testing time is extended by 30 minutes. OCEB 2 certification at each level is valid for five years. Learn more about OCEB 2 at www.omg.org/oceb-2 and visit www.omg.org/omg-certifications to learn about all of OMG's certification programs.
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