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Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Certifications Set You Apart
SAP® is the leading global provider of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software. Companies — large, small, and midsized — rely on SAP software solutions to better manage their business intelligence, operations planning, and purchasing and materials.
To best use their SAP solutions, companies in a variety of industries want people with ERP certifications using SAP software. If you work in business operations, information systems, project management, or supply chain management, obtaining an ERP Certificate with SAP is a great way to extend your knowledge, stand out in a competitive job market, and make yourself a more valuable resource to the more than 183,000 employers who use SAP software solutions.
Why an ERP Certificate with SAP Online at Penn State?
As a student in Penn State's online ERP certificate with SAP program, you can gain specialized experience with modules in SAP ERP. More importantly, by using SAP as a business tool, you can gain a better understanding of how decisions in purchasing and materials management, operations planning and control, information systems, and ERP and business processes play a role in the success of an organization as a whole.
This ERP certificate with SAP program was developed so that you can gain a valued credential from Penn State, a respected leader in online and on-campus education.
Who Should Apply?
This certificate program is a good choice for you if you are completing a degree in, employed in, or planning to work in the following fields:
- business management
- operations analysis
- project management
- computer software
- information systems
- supply chain management
The online ERP certificate with SAP is a 9-credit program of study designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of SAP. To earn this certificate, you must successfully complete all three courses.
The hands-on use of SAP Enterprise Resource Planning system is an integral component of the course work. You will complete numerous lab projects both individually and in teams to work through assignments using the SAP logistics, materials management, and other applications to gain practical experience with many SAP functions.
Required Courses (9 credits)
SAP Functions Covered by Course
Through exercises and lab assignments, you can learn how to perform the following SAP functions in each of the respective courses.
MIS 404 SAP Functions
- Creating and maintaining new customer records and sales orders
- Generating shipping labels
- Tracking sales order shipments
- Identifying invoices against sales orders
- Creating customer, sales order, and accounting reports
- Locating and documenting customer and sales order information
- Creating and maintaining new material (product) records
- Creating Bill of Materials (BOM) records
- Creating and maintaining new vendor records and standard purchase orders
- Retrieving specific human resource data (recruitment, training, and event management, personnel master data, etc.)
- Financial accounting
SCM 445 SAP Functions
- Creating Material Masters (finished goods, in-house production, and raw material)
- Creating Bill of Materials (BOMs) and material routings
- Creating work centers and capacity profiles
- Production planning — maintaining forecasts
- Creating independent demand
- Maintaining Material Requirements Planning (MRP) ordering parameters
- Executing MRP and Master Production Scheduling (MPS)
- Maintaining inventory-related parameters
- Releasing manufacturing orders to production
- Creating product groups
- Developing rough-cut capacity profiles
- Developing aggregate production schedules utilizing rough-cut capacity planning
- Disaggregation of product group production schedule
SCM 460 SAP Functions
- Creating Material Masters (raw material)
- Creating new vendors, purchase orders, purchasing requisitions, and contracts (blanket purchase orders)
- Converting requisitions to purchase orders
- Creating information records (to link material to vendors and set pricing)
- Processing Request for Quotes (RFQs) and vendor quotes
- Processing shipping notifications
- Processing releases (purchase orders) against contracts
- Processing goods receipt transactions (receiving goods into inventory)
- Processing advanced shipment notifications, vendor invoices, and payments
- Set-up and execution of MRP reorder point planning
- Warehouse management process steps
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Undergraduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register and the number of total credits you have accrued at or transferred to Penn State. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||If you have 59 or fewer credits||If you have 60 or more credits|
|11 or fewer||$620 per credit||$664 per credit|
|12 or more||$7,527 per semester||$8,125 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
Paying for Your Certificate
Students pursuing a certificate are considered "nondegree," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid, including the Federal Direct Stafford Loan program. A private alternative loan may be an option to consider.
Additionally, Penn State offers many ways to pay for your education, including an installment plan and third-party payments. Penn State World Campus also offers an Employer Reimbursement and Tuition Deferment Plan. Learn more about the options for paying for your education.
Students pursuing a degree and meeting all other eligibility requirements may qualify for financial aid.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
- Summer Deadline: Apply by May 7 to start May 15
- Fall Deadline: Apply by August 14 to start August 21
- Spring Deadline: Apply by January 1, 2024, to start January 8, 2024
All supporting materials should be sent following the submission of your application.
For current and future course registration deadlines, visit the Registrar's website to view the academic calendar by semester.
If you have questions about the admissions process, contact [email protected].
Applicants must have already completed 60 credits of course work to be eligible. Unofficial transcript(s) and course descriptions from previous institution(s) are required for evaluation. You will be instructed how to provide your transcripts after you submit your application.
The ERP certificate with SAP has the following prerequisites that must be met before enrollment in the program:
MIS 204: Introduction to Business Information Systems (3 credits)
Introduction to the use of information systems in business organizations.
SCM 301: Business Logistics Management (3 credits)
Management of logistics/supply chain processes.
If you completed college-level courses similar to either or both of the above prerequisite courses, please include a brief note with your transcript(s) that indicates the similar course names and numbers, and provides course descriptions. We recommend that you use the official course descriptions listed in your institution's course catalog (typically found on the institution's website). Program faculty will review your transcript and determine if the courses can be substitutes for the prerequisites.
Applicants who do not meet the prerequisites may take both courses from World Campus. Both MIS 204 and SCM 301 are offered most semesters. Please note that SCM 301 has its own prerequisites.
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You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
For questions about admissions and applications, please contact World Campus Central:
World Campus Central
Email: [email protected]
To learn more about the Undergraduate ERP Certificate with SAP, offered in partnership with the Penn State Erie Black School of Business, please contact:
Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management
Email: [email protected]
Ozgun Caliskan Demirag
DegreePh.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
DegreeM.S., Operations Research, Georgia Institute of Technology
DegreeM.S., Industrial Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Dr. Ozgun C. Demirag is a professor of operations and supply chain management at the Penn State Behrend Black School of Business. She teaches courses in the areas of supply chain management, operations planning and control, and quantitative methods for business at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her research has been published at leading journals in operations and supply chain management. She is a recipient of the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows Faculty Research Award and the Penn State Excellence in Advising Award.
DegreeMBA, Penn State Behrend
DegreeB.S., Management Information Systems, Penn State Behrend
Kyle Chalupczynski is a lecturer in management information systems at Penn State Behrend. He also teaches systems analysis, introduction to ERP and business processes, supply chain information systems with Oracle, and customer information systems with Oracle. Mr. Chalupczynski has a decade of industry experience, fulfilling various roles on software delivery teams before joining the Black School of Business. As a Certified Scrum Master, he emphasizes the importance of agility and flexibility — not just as it pertains to software development, but across all facets of IT.
DegreePh.D., Operations Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
DegreeMBA, The University of Texas at Dallas
DegreeM.S., Supply Chain Management, The University of Texas at Dallas
DegreeB.Tech., Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
Dr. Varun Gupta is an associate professor of supply chain management and analytics. He teaches supply chain management, business analytics, and quantitative business methods. His research has appeared in top-tier journals in his fields, such as Production and Operations Management and European Journal of Operational Research. He has industry experience as a business analyst in consumer goods and retail.
DegreePh.D., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
DegreeM.S., Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
DegreeB.E., Mechanical Engineering, Jadavpur University
Dr. Sourish Sarkar is an associate professor of operations and supply chain management. He teaches supply chain management and operations planning (using SAP) for MBA and undergraduate students. Dr. Sarkar’s research interests are inventory and supply chain management and behavioral operations. His research has appeared in the International Journal of Production Economics, International Journal of Production Research, and International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.
DegreePh.D., Management Science and Systems, State University of New York at Buffalo
DegreeM.S., Industrial Engineering, State University of New York at Buffalo
DegreeB.S., Electrical Engineering, Clarkson University
Dr. Matthew Swinarski is an associate professor of management information systems in the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. His industry experience includes configuration and service contact management of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. Dr. Swinarski's research and teaching areas of interest include IS outsourcing, process improvement, decision modeling with spreadsheets, and ERP systems. His research has been published in top-tier IS journals, including the Communications of the ACM, Decision Support Systems, and European Journal of Information Systems.
DegreePh.D., Operations Management, The University of Alabama
DegreeM.S., Operations Management, The University of Alabama
DegreeB.S., Logistics Management, Dongbei University of Finance and Economics
DegreeSAS Data Mining Certificate, SAS & The University of Alabama
Dr. Jianing Zhi is an assistant teaching professor of project and supply chain management at Penn State Behrend. She teaches statistics, supply chain management, and quantitative methods for business. Dr. Zhi's research areas of interest include supply chain network design, resource allocation, and data analytics in supply chain management. Her research involves the application of a variety of optimization techniques to solve challenging problems in manufacturing, logistics, and health care.