SAP BASIS CertificationSAP BASIS certification was developed by SAP for technical administrators of SAP systems. This page is a starting point for deciding if you need to go for this certification and understanding how to successfully pass SAP BASIS certification.

What is SAP BASIS?

An overview of SAP BASIS is necessary before describing what SAP BASIS Certification entails. SAP BASIS is the System Administration aspect of the SAP system with functions that have a cross-system impact. To a newbie, BASIS may be misconstrued to be the intro to a course in SAP but that is totally incorrect. BASIS is actually the bedrock of SAP i.e. the technical layer of the SAP system without which the SAP system will not be available for use. BASIS has been referred to as Business Application Software Integrated Solution but nowadays, it is known as SAP NetWeaver System Administration.

BASIS is a group of middleware programs and tools that enable applications to be interoperable and portable across operating systems and database products. It also comprises of a client/server architecture and configuration, a relational database management system (RDMS), and OS administration.

Some of the functions of SAP BASIS/System Administration include:

  • Management of SAP environment
  • Configuring, monitoring, tuning and troubleshooting the SAP technical environment
  • Scheduling and executing the SAP Transport system
  • Installation, upgrade and maintenance of SAP systems
  • Maintenance of SAP Data Dictionary and Database objects
  • Implementing and maintaining the multiple SAP instances that comprise the SAP environment
  • Installing, configuring and maintaining all required SAP database servers and application servers
  • Configuring and managing the SAP printing systems for all SAP instances
  • Monitoring all SAP systems
  • Administering SAP database
  • Managing SAP users, authorizations and profiles
  • Performing SAP client administration
  • Planning and implementing SAP system upgrades
  • Applying and migrating SAP maintenance packages

What is SAP BASIS Certification?

Certification is one way by which one can measure expertise and proficiency in any SAP module. SAP BASIS Certification validates a candidate’s knowledge and expertise of SAP System Administration and the capability of demonstrating this knowledge at client’s site. SAP system runs on various databases supported by SAP such as Oracle DB, MS SQL DB, MAX DB, SAP ASE DB, DB2 and HANA DB.

Earlier on, we mentioned that SAP BASIS includes database administration, thus to take an SAP BASIS exam, a candidate is required to take an exam based on a particular database for which he/she is knowledgeable and has had training on.

SAP BASIS Certification falls under SAP NetWeaver group of certifications and there are typically two categories, namely:

  • Technology Associate
    • This is for candidates just starting their career in SAP BASIS
  • Technology Professional
    • This is for experienced candidates who want to advance their career in SAP BASIS.

Associate SAP BASIS Certification

This certification is suitable for aspiring Junior SAP Consultants who just started their career in SAP and it proves a candidate’s knowledge of the fundamentals of SAP System Administration. This certification gives the candidate confidence in his/her skill level and gives a client a sense of assurance that his project is in the hands of a certified professional.

Under Technology Associate – SAP NetWeaver 7.4, we have the following certifications:

C_TADM54_74: SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration (SAP ASE DB) with SAP NetWeaver 7.4

Description: This certification is based on SAP ASE DB and it certifies that the candidate is capable of administering any SAP System running on SAP ASE DB. This also validates a candidate’s ability to deliver efficient SAP System Administration services to clients on projects as well as during operational work.

C_TADM50_74: SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration (Max DB) with SAP NetWeaver 7.4

Description: This certification is differentiated from the others on the basis of the database – Max DB – on which the SAP ERP system runs. This certifies that a candidate has actually acquired the requisite administration skill-set to be able to deliver efficient consulting services whether on a project or during operational work.

C_TADM51_74: SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration (Oracle DB) with SAP NetWeaver 7.4

Description: This certification exam validates a candidate’s SAP System Administration knowledge and ability for SAP ERP system running on the Oracle DB. Aside from the knowledge and ability to carry out effective System Administration activities on the SAP system, the candidate is also required to have a solid understanding of the Oracle DB and how to manage it using SAP proprietary tools.

C_TADM55_74: SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration (SAP HANA as a database) with SAP NetWeaver 7.4

Description: HANA DB by SAP is one of the powerful in-memory database in the market today and SAP is quite excited about deploying it to their numerous customers. This certification validates a candidate’s knowledge and ability of SAP System Administration based on SAP HANA DB. This also proves a candidate’s professional capability to provide effective consulting services to clients whether on a project or during operational work.

C_TADM56_74: SAP Certified Technology Associate – System Administration “DB2 LUW” with SAP NetWeaver 7.4

Description: This certification proves that a candidate has undergone the necessary training in SAP System Administration based on DB2 LUW database and that he/she has the knowledge and ability required to consult for clients running their SAP system on DB2 LUW database.

Professional SAP BASIS Certification

This certification is for experienced senior SAP Consultants who want to distinguish themselves and prove their advanced knowledge and expertise in SAP System Administration. This certification requires that the candidate has proven experience in SAP Consulting and project experience. Finding out about SAP Certification policy as applicable to the region the exam will be taken will inform a candidate of any requirement peculiar to a region.

Generally, the following applies to most of the exams listed above:

Number of questions: 80
Cut Score: 63%
Duration: 180 mins
Languages: German, English, Japanese

How to Prepare for SAP BASIS Certification?

Having made up your mind on the SAP module you would like to get certified on, the next step will be to get SAP BASIS training. There are several SAP Education partners in the world that provide quality and effective training and aside from classroom delivered training, SAP also provides E-Academy for flexible learning program and a self-paced learning environment.

After completing a training in SAP BASIS, you may want to digest all you’ve learned overtime and also put your knowledge to practice. When you feel confident enough to write the exam, you can register for the exam through any local SAP authorized centres. In preparing for the exam, make sure you’ve gone through SAP syllabus covering the topic areas of the course exam. Ensure you understand all the topics thoroughly and focus on the areas with higher weighted value (+++).

SAP Certification books are what you need to study in order to pass the exams and practice questions may also help you prepare well for the exam. SAP Training and Certification shop has a lot of useful information regarding the certification exam and SAP Help Portal contain useful documents that can assist you in taking the exam.

SAP exams are delivered worldwide. Cloud exam can be scheduled in the Certification Hub, you can also find a location near you at one of SAP Education Training Centres or through a Certification Partner – Pearson VUE – at Pearson VUE Testing Centres. You will need to obtain a voucher from SAP before you can schedule an exam at Pearson VUE.

Some of the Certification books needed for the exam are listed below. You can also find books peculiar to your exam type on the SAP Training and Certification shop.

  • TADM51 (SAP EHP2 FOR SAP NETWEAVER 7.0) or ADM505 (NW AS 7.02), ADM506 (NW AS 7.02)
  • TADM10, TADM12 (EHP1 FOR NW 7.3) or ADM100 (NW 7.4), ADM103 (NW 7.4), ADM800 (NW 7.4)
  • TADM12 (EHP1 FOR NW 7.3) or ADM110 (NW 7.4)
  • TADM10, TADM12 (EHP1 FOR NW 7.3) or ADM100 (NW 7.4), ADM800 (NW 7.4)
  • TADM12 (EHP1 FOR NW 7.3) or ADM325 (NW 7.4)
  • TADM12 (EHP1 FOR NW 7.3) or ADM100 (NW 7.4), ADM800 (NW 7.4), ADM900 (NW 7.4)
  • TADM10 (NW 7.4) or SAPTEC (NW 7.4), ADM100 (NW 7.4)

Lastly, a certification in SAP BASIS/NetWeaver System Administration is a highly prestigious one that requires a solid understanding of the interoperation of the SAP application, at least one of the Databases supported by SAP (MAXDB/HANA DB, MS Sql Server DB, Oracle DB, DB2 etc.) and any operating system supported by SAP (Windows/Unix).

It is a certification exam that requires you to set aside ample time for study and practise but it is not as difficult to ace the exam as many would have you believe. With just the proper preparation and guidance a certification in SAP BASIS can be achieved.


This article was written and contributed to our website by Femi G. Charles You can get in touch with the author on LinkedIn. Would you also like to contribute an article to our website? Get in touch with us to discuss potential opportunities.

SAP BASIS Training

SAP BASIS Certification Training

If you don’t feel very confident before SAP BASIS Certification, we recommend you to consider taking SAP BASIS Training. SAP BASIS Training is essential if you are a complete beginner in BASIS and is beneficial even for those who have some experience as SAP BASIS consultants. Choose from free and paid BASIS courses available online or in your city.

SAP BASIS Questions

SAP BASIS Certification Questions

Sample SAP BASIS Questions are extremely useful during the preparation for SAP BASIS Certification. They can help you to practice before the real exam and to evaluate your knowledge. You should attempt to answer these questions. Do not worry, if you’re able to answer only a few from the first attempt. Instead, try to understand why the answers were wrong.


SAP BASIS Certification Books

If you are completely new to SAP BASIS, it is probably a good idea to first get one of SAP BASIS Books and grasp some basics. On the other hand, it also makes sense to browse SAP Books if you are already experienced SAP consultant. The level of SAP Books varies and everyone will definitely find and learn something new from the books.

SAP BASIS Certification Syllabus

SAP BASIS Certification Syllabus

If you prepare for SAP BASIS certification, you should make sure that you spend your time efficiently. It really helps to have a plan of preparation beforehand. You should make this plan according to SAP BASIS Certification Syllabus and allocate your time according to the importance of the topics (for example, pricing or master data) as indicated in the syllabus.

SAP BASIS Certification FAQ

SAP BASIS Certification FAQ

SAP BASIS Certification FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) is an archive of the most frequently asked questions that are related to SAP Certification. We collected them in one place and provided answers for every question, so that people do not need to ask the same question again and again at SAP-related forums.

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15 thoughts on “SAP BASIS”

  1. Hi ,
    I would like to know more about the SAP BASIS training , please send me a details procedure if you don’t mind.

  2. i have completed my bca from ignou & ow i want to do sap basis online certification but i don’t know….what is the process ,eligibilty,fees,time duration etc.pls help me

    1. Please email me your contact number. I will ditect you to one of my colleague who is Basis expert and he can definitely help you.

  3. Dear all,

    I would like to apply sap basis certificate on db ms sql server. what SAP course i should apply? i am self study and work as real practice in company 4 years experience. SAP can allow me to get exam without joining course training? how can i apply to get exam?

    thank you.


    1. It is difficult to answer your question unless you provide more details about your situation (e.g., which country, company, etc). Can you please post your question with more details at SAP forum? I will try to answer it there.

  4. Hi,
    I have 3 years experience as SAP BASIS Consultant and I am planning to get a SAP BASIS / SAP Netweaver Administration certification done. I want to register directly for the exam. How can I achieve this?

  5. hie i would like to know which sap certification i can start from i hold a certificate in applied information specialising in software enginering please help me

  6. Please, I have no knowledge about SAP, I have diploma in accounting and business and I also have dipoloma in computer science . Kindly advice on where to start this SAP programs .

  7. how much does it cost to go for SPA Basis course+certification
    I am from Malaysia
    would be good if you could give the breakdown in Ringgit Malaysia

  8. Hello,
    I have 2-3 years of experience in SAP Admin on Oracle DB. Please suggest which exam type should i go for?

    Thanks alot,

  9. Your SAP landscape is made of different modules, which achieve different undertakings inside a business. Those modules rest on a typical database and operating system, and work together to run everyday business operations. SAP Basis is the set of instruments that connection the software together, ensuring your SAP landscape can work as an effective whole.

  10. Hello, I am looking for a SAP Basis training course.

    Learning Objectives/Goals: To upskill our current SAP Basis Administrators
    Training Description: SAP Workload Analysis

    Thanks and hoping good recommendations.

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