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The Wave examined the following certification programs:

* Association for Information and Image Management (AIIM)

* Association of Business Process Management Professionals (ABPMP)

* BPMessentials

* BPMInstitute

* BPTrends Associates

* Queensland (Australia) University of Technology

* Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, N.J.

Forrester analysts, who assessed the programs across 15 BPM skills-development criteria, had high praise for Stevens, BPMInstitute and BPTrends, saying that the three “lead with solid breadth and depth of content and excellent training programs.”

Although new to the field, ABPMP “is quickly becoming a leader,” leading in BPM skills validation and testing, according to the report. (ABPMP was also among the first in the industry to produce a BPM “common body of knowledge,” a step toward setting standards for process skills.) And the remaining three programs--offered by AIIM, BPMessentials and Queensland University--are all “strong performers,” focused on niche markets or geographical areas.

READER FEEDBACK: Are you considering a BPM certification program, or have you already enrolled in one? If so, ebizQ editors would like to hear about your experience. Contact Site Editor Anne Stuart at editor@ebizq.net.



About the Author

Anne Stuart, ebizQ's editor from mid-2010 to mid-2013, is now senior editor for SearchCloudApplications.com at ebizQ's parent company, TechTarget. She is a veteran journalist who has written for national magazines, daily newspapers, an international news service and many Web sites. She’s specialized in covering business and technology issues for 20 years. Based in Newton, Mass., she can be reached at astuart@techtarget.com. Follow Anne on Google+ and at annestuart_TT on Twitter. For general questions about ebizQ, please e-mail editor@ebizQ.net.

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