Are you Workday Certified? I've read some several online posts about becoming Workday Certified and these seem to be more on the implementation partners of Workday and not the clients directly but I was curious to know if you had any experiences in that area.
I've been following the Workday certification topic for years. It's been a hot topic on Workday's Community discussion board, with 100+ 'up votes' from customers supporting the idea of expanding certification options. As well it's come up repeatedly at customer forums and Workday Rising (Workday's customer conference).
- Historically, Workday has kept certification severely locked down; you could only become certified as a Workday internal employee or a Workday partner.
- I find it creates an interesting proposition as many of the partners take young, bright people right out of university, train them on Workday and put them through the certification process. However, these bring minds while well educated have no practical HR or IT experience and are just starting out their careers as junior consultants. While you may have some more seasoned certified consultants, you may also get these fresh minds, as non-partners are effectively excluded from certifying.
- If you are certified and leave your employer, the certification will expire if you are not able to renew it as per the rules (go back to step 1 and see who can be certified.)
So what's new?
Workday is bringing out customer certifications! It's being branded under the name 'Workday Pro,' and is specifically targeted (or limited, depending on your view) to the employees of Workday customers. Read: contractor or contingent workers at customers may not attend, nor can 'ordinary' independent consultants.
Workday's materials specifically call out that it's "targeted at customers who want to actively engage and work side by side with the Ecosystem on a path to develop a similar level of knowledge and expertise." I think this is a great step for customers as there are many savvy HR systems, HRIS, HRIT (or whatever other branding that your company uses) who would like to be fully engaged on an implementation rather than suffering the after effects upon go-live.
Workday is quick to call out that it's won't grant 'implementer' access, the holy grail of implementations, in particular due to the more efficient i-load functionality which beats the 'regular' Workday EIB data loading functionality, hands down.
The nitty gritty details
Workday has developed a certification roadmap, but is taking a phased approach with releasing the various options. First up is reporting.
The certification process seems to be modeled upon the partner certification process: you take the courses (in person or online), then the written multiple choice test, then agree to take the bi-annual release update training.
Side note: I once asked our WD certified partner if she had any plans for the weekend. She gave me a brief look at her screen, it was a series of items that she had to cover for her update training. As it couldn't impact her billable hours on our project she was doing it on the weekend.
As this is a new item, WD covers various scenarios--what happens if you move companies, what happens if you don't take the update training, when does it expire, etc. In particular I was curious as to how this would apply to me; I've taken the 3 courses listed under the reporting track (check back here for where I discussed the Report Writer class). IF you've already taken a course, you do not need to take it again. The only additional cost is the 1 credit fee for the written test/biannual updates.
Disclaimer: I was previously a PeopleSoft certified consultant. I think this is a step in the right direction, the more we can empower customers to take ownership of software and processes, the better.
However...if I was my boss (who is absolutely super, the best boss in the world!), I'd question the value. As long as you know that your employee is reasonably competent and good at their job, do you really need certification? If anything, it just gives the employee more leverage to ask for a raise or search for another job. Or is this a motivator for employees, to be able to become certified? Maybe it is, if you haven't yet taken the classes.