Business Process Management describes the practice of identifying, analyzing, modelling and improvement of business processes. It's notation is the Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), which provides further functionality and definitions for activities within processes. Therefore - in opposit to UML - also interruptions and events are supported in this notation. Further it is easy to be ready and understandable by most business departments which supports the acceptance within operational hierarchies. BPMN has been developed by the Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI) in 2005 and merged into the Object Management Group (OMG) in 2011.
OMG currently offers the following certification levels (approx. 210 US-Dollars per exam):
A productive member ranked in the top half of his or her BPM project team should have the knowledge and skills to acquire this certification.
A BPM Team Lead on the business side, discovering, modeling, and analyzing business processes, should have the knowledge and skills to acquire this certification.
A BPM implementation team lead, implementing and maintaining BPM systems, should have the knowledge and skills to acquire this certification.
A BPM consultant to high-level management, or practitioner responsible for BPM scope and direction at Director level in an enterprise, should have the broad knowledge and skills covered in this certification.
A BPM consultant to high-level management working on the technical side, or BPM practitioner at Director level responsible for process performance and governance in an enterprise, should have the broad knowledge and skills covered in this certification.
These certifications are devided in a technical and business layer:
Further some IT Organizations offer specialized certifications, such as IBM WebSphere Certifications (approx. 200 US-Dollars per exam), Red Hat Certificate of Expertiese in Business Process Design or Pega Certified Progressionals Programs. Such certifications are mostly centered around their tools and useful in case of hands-on experience and expertise. However, they also do cover the standards of the OMG.