Why is SAP training so expensive

Retraining to become a SAP consultant

What? SAP consultant is a separate profession that you can retrain for? Indeed, SAP is certainly the most exciting success story of the German economy of the last half century and one of the most outstanding in world economic events. The software company founded in 1972, which has specialized in business software since it was founded, now looks after over 437,000 customers, no longer just from the commercial sector, but also from the public sector and from NGOs. Today SAP is the world market leader in the field of end-to-end business software. As a top cloud company, SAP serves more than 200 million users.

The basis and backbone of the tremendous success are, on the one hand, the employees who support the company, who are carefully selected and constantly kept up to date through further training. Most SAP employees are already recruited on the university campus. If you are interested in a position in the company, you should have an academic degree and have acquired it in a course with a strong IT focus.

On the other hand, certified external SAP consultants work for IT-oriented management consultancies who look after SAP users or they work directly in the user company.

The main task of the SAP consultant is to support SAP users and to continuously develop their software in the interests of the company. The SAP software has a modular structure. The consultant implements them and / or adapts them. The tasks of the external SAP consultant far exceed those of the typical capital goods salesman, as he is always concerned with the IT corporate structure as a whole and his product, the SAP software, in terms of organization and function, has a decisive influence on the structure of the business unit that it supports listened to or who defined it.

For a successful job as a SAP consultant, it is not the certificate that is decisive, but rather his ability to optimize company processes. The prerequisites are business or procedural knowledge at an academic level and the ability to combine company processes and the SAP software in such a way that this results in a recognizable advantage for the company. This is based on strong communication skills. Anyone who can examine a process in a company at all levels can also improve it. However, this requires the support of everyone who is involved in this process. You don't learn this in training courses, but in years of project practice in companies. Certification is just an introduction.

In addition to interdisciplinary qualifications, social skills, such as communication at the highest level, with managing directors and company boards, are of particular importance for future professional success. If you cannot present your plans conclusively, you will not be able to realize them.

The term SAP consultant is not protected. But certification is a possible entry into this field of activity. You can take all SAP certifications using cloud-based certification software. You are not bound by time or space. PC or laptop are sufficient.

As with any consulting activity, it is difficult to objectively assess individual skills. For SAP consultants, the decisive factor is the successful project activity and not the number of certifications. However, this sometimes provides information about a corresponding specialization.


What future prospects do I have as a SAP consultant?

The IT industry is fast moving like no other. The future of everyone who works in it depends on their constant readiness for further training. SAP has been the advance in the past few years. Anyone who worked for or with SAP was at the forefront of development. SAP will try to defend this position and given the company's global focus one can be optimistic.


What content can I expect from retraining?

Anyone thinking of qualifying as a SAP consultant must first find out their starting position and know how they envision their future. Very good academic credentials can help you get started in a specialized management consultancy. There, the scope of individual talents quickly becomes apparent. If there is mutual interest in a long-term cooperation, the newcomer will surely receive all possible help that will make him an important employee.

If you want to go the difficult path to becoming a SAP consultant alone, you should start with a basic certification.


The certification

All processes related to certification are handled online. Requirements are

  • a stable internet connection
  • a desktop computer or laptop with a camera
  • a room in which you can take the exams undisturbed
  • an official ID number as identification.


In order to pass the exams for certification, training courses must be taken.


The interested party can choose from the following areas of knowledge during training:

1. Analytics

  • Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Analysis, Edition for Microsoft Office
  • Crystal Reports
  • SAP Analytics Cloud
  • SAP BI Platform Administration
  • SAP Lumira
  • SAP Predictive Analytics
  • Web intelligence
  • Business Warehouse (BW)
  • Data warehouse (SAP HANA)
  • Data warehouse



  • Asset management
  • SAP S / 4HANA
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Embedded Analytics
  • Enterprise Portfolio & Project Management (EPPM)
  • Financial accounting
  • Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC)
  • Human Capital Management (HCM)
  • Industry Solutions
  • SAP Banking Services: Analytical Banking
  • SAP Banking Services: Transactional Banking
  • SAP Consumer Products
  • SAP Defense and Security
  • SAP Higher Education & Research
  • SAP Insurance
  • SAP Oil & Gas
  • SAP Public Sector
  • SAP Retail
  • SAP Utilities
  • integration
  • Logistics Execution & Warehouse Management
  • Management accounting
  • Planning, manufacturing, execution
  • SAP ME and MII
  • SAP S / 4HANA
  • SAP S / 4HANA - Delta
  • Procurement
  • Quality management
  • R&D engineering
  • Real estate
  • Receivables management
  • Sales
  • Transportation Management
  • Treasury Management


3. Cloud

  • SAP Ariba
  • Buy side integration
  • Contracts
  • integration
  • SAP Ariba Procurement
  • SAP Ariba Supplier Management
  • Sourcing
  • Spend Analysis
  • Supplier enablement - buy side
  • Supplier enablement - sell side
  • Supply chain collaboration
  • SAP Cloud Platform
  • SAP Customer Experience (C / 4HANA)
  • SAP Enable Now
  • SAP Integrated Business Planning
  • SAP Learning Hub
  • SAP Leonardo
  • SAP S / 4HANA Cloud
  • SAP SuccessFactors
  • integration
  • SF Human Capital Management (SF-HCM)


4. Database & Technology

  • administration
  • Change & Transport (CTS)
  • Database
  • Database migration
  • SAP Enterprise Portal
  • SAP Fiori
  • SAP Mobility
  • SAP NetWeaver
  • SAP S / 4HANA
  • design
  • Development
  • Implementation & administration
  • integration
  • Modeling
  • Security & Authorization
  • Solution Manager
  • Technology Consultant
  • Associate OS DB Migration
  • Associate with Database


Some courses are available in German.


What are the financing options?

SAP consultant is not a job description listed by the labor administration. It is neither protected nor eligible. However, you will find numerous offers with SAP content on Kursnet, the directory of eligible training courses for employment services. However, these do not lead to a possible activity as a SAP consultant, but are training events for users.

The costs for certification, including all previous training courses, can, however, be included in unlimited amounts as advertising costs in the income tax return.


Can I also do the retraining part-time or in evening school?

The training courses and the certificate exams can be accessed around the clock.


How much does the retraining cost?

The courses leading to the completion of SAP consultants cost completely differently depending on the provider and on the part-time or full-time variant.


The SAP Consultant Academy offers special courses for young professionals. An example:


Course goals are

  • Use of SAP terminology
  • Introduction and overview of SAP applications
  • Basics of SAP products
  • Create the basis for further courses
  • Presentation of the central concepts, capabilities and advantages of solutions with SAP NetWeaver, SAP ERP, the SAP Business Suite and SAP BusinessObjects


The target group are newcomers to SAP and project team members who are involved in the introduction of a SAP product.

This training only requires basic knowledge in Microsoft Office and in dealing with Internet browsers. Basic knowledge of operational business processes is recommended. During the course, practical exercises will take place in SAP ERP.

The training can be completed both in Walldorf and in a virtual classroom. The price is € 2,328 each for the three-day course.

Beginners can find further training here.

SAP provides an e-learning platform.
Registration is free.

There are thousands of individual products, a large number of which are only in English. The prices for one-day training courses range from 156 euros to 725 euros.


What do I have to consider when applying for retraining?

SAP consultants are business consultants, but because of their company loyalty, they are always a bit of sellers of capital goods. Anyone who decides on this should be sure of their IT affinity, but research in their personal environment whether they are considered to be a communicative person. The lonely IT nerd at his high-performance PC is the opposite of the SAP consultant!


Who is offering this retraining?

There are actually a few e-learning offers from servers outside Germany that promise a quick and successful start.

These offers are not licensed by SAP, do not lead to valid certificates and are completely dubious. Only the official offers from SAP lead to the goal!


Retraining via distance learning - how does it work?

There is no regular distance learning. A degree is expected at entry and SAP expertise is spread across too many industries and is constantly changing. The replacement is the e-learning platform. There are plenty of alternative jobs in the internet and IT sector:


As a career changer as a SAP consultant

Everyone who works successfully as a SAP consultant has first studied something else.
The term is seldom appropriate, however, as it basically requires a thorough examination of the SAP programs in order to be successful.