As SAP S/4HANA adoption has slowed during the COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises are again undertaking implementation and migration projects to meet the 2030 support deadline for SAP ERP Central Component ( ECC), according to a report by Information Services Group, a research and consulting firm. As more organizations adopt S/4HANA as their ERP system of record, they will need employees trained in S/4HANA basics, administration, programming, and other aspects of the software. to get the most out of their investments.

Organizations that offer training see much more value in their software. According to an IDC report, companies with well-trained end users, administrators, and implementation teams are 72% more likely to be satisfied with their SAP software deployments. When they provide 10% more ongoing training, they double the improvement in key value drivers over implementation. When it comes to SAP S/4HANA, the greatest value of training comes from reducing audit costs and cash forecasting error rates, according to the report.

Fortunately, there is no shortage of SAP S/4HANA certifications and training. From courses published by SAP to IT training and certification consultants, the SAP Users’ Group (ASUG) of the Americas, and peer-to-peer education platforms like Udemy, SAP professionals have many courses to choose from.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the best SAP S/4HANA certification and training courses, as well as providers.

1. S/4HANA training courses created by SAP

For some people, going straight to the source for SAP S/4HANA training can be the most effective. SAP offers a official training portal with over 50 certifications that address S/4HANA, including SAP Certified Application Associate, SAP Certified Application Specialist, and SAP Certified Application Professional designations.

Associate certification covers the most basic knowledge needed, while specialist certification covers more specific software roles or components. Professional certification is an advanced certification that requires students to have project experience and knowledge of business processes, as well as a very detailed understanding of how the SAP product works.

All SAP certifications require students to pass an exam. Students have the option of taking online or on-site classes, self-paced training, or a hybrid of the two. For those who need guidance on which courses to take and which certifications to aspire to, the vendor offers SAP Learning Journey guides in its SAP Learning Hub.

However, for those who need to know the basics of S/4HANA, SAP has published an S/4HANA presentation course that can be taken in a physical classroom or a live virtual classroom. It includes modules for navigating software, system-wide concepts, accounting, logistics, integrated analytics, human capital management, and SAP SuccessFactors, among other lessons. This is a three-day course that requires no prior knowledge of SAP and is suitable for trainers, users, technology consultants, project managers, enterprise architects, change managers and business process owners.

2. Introducing S/4HANA Financial Accounting (LinkedIn Learning)

For organizations or professionals with LinkedIn Learning subscriptions, the platform offers several SAP S/4HANA courses. The most popular of these is the SAP S/4HANA Financial Accounting Overview, taught by Michael Management, an independent online SAP training provider. This Classes has been well received — 71% of reviewers give it five stars and 24% give it four stars — and covers financial accounting, big general book and basic sub-book. It also includes a short section on additional SAP S/4HANA modules that may be of interest to you. Students write that it is ideal for beginners and provides a basic understanding of the software.

3. Essential SAP S/4HANA Training for SAP Beginners (Skillshare)

Another one overview course that SAP professionals may find useful is SAP S/4HANA Essential Training for Beginners via Skillshare. The course is taught by George Boyle, a project manager at Accenture with over 20 years of SAP experience. It includes 36 lessons that provide instruction on creating a business case for S/4HANA, creating connections, understanding key aspects, navigating the latest GUI, using the SAP command field and the management of transition scenarios, among others.

screenshot of Skillshare SAP S/4HANA course
Screenshots of the Skillshare online course, SAP S/4HANA Essential Training for Beginners.

4. SAP S/4HANA Training — Plain English (Udemy)

One of the top-rated and best-selling S/4HANA courses on Udemy, SAP S/4HANA Training – Plain English is taught by Siva Prasad, a consultant with 12 years of experience. the the course requires some level of SAP experience and is aimed at functional or technical consultants who want to know what S/4HANA is, what are the new business processes and major changes in ECC and how to implement S/4HANA . According to the students, the course could go further with Basis and FICO, but the examples are real and relevant. The instructor is also easy to follow, according to reviews.

5. SAP S/4HANA — Learn the ABAP Programming Model for SAP S/4HANA (Udemy)

For those who need to learn how to use the ABAP programming language in S/4HANA, Anshuman Singh, a development architect with 20 years of ABAP experience, created the Learn ABAP Programming template for SAP S/4HANA. The course includes 46 conferences, divided into seven sections that cover installing the ABAP development tool and creating artifacts, ABAP core data services, Odata, the business object processing framework, and creating an S/ 4HANA end-to-end from scratch. Although reviews indicate that the course could use more detailed explanations, it is good for those who already have some background in ABAP programming and provides a basic overview of programming in S/4HANA.