We are on the third leg of our four-part series. In our previous Business Relationship Management blogs, we provided you with a summary overview of BRM, BRMP, and BRMI. We then followed with more detailed information about the BRM role and its organizational value. Today, we will take you to the world of the BRMP — what it is and how you get it.
What is BRMP®?
BRMP stands for Business Relationship Management Professional. It is the first level of certification for Business Relationship Managers. This certification is designed to provide those in a BRM role or looking to move into a BRM role with the foundational knowledge they need to be successful. The foundational knowledge is captured in the BRMBOK™ (BRM Body of Knowledge). The BRMBOK can be downloaded for free as a member of BRMI® (Business Relationship Management Institute) or ordered off Amazon in paperback or eBook. The BRMP training and certification program is a comprehensive foundation designed to provide a solid baseline level of knowledge regarding the BRM role.
Who should consider becoming a BRMP?
If you are already working in the role of a BRM, you would be a prime candidate for the BRMP. Other roles that may want to consider moving into a BRM role or utilizing the skills of a BRM to advance their own professional skills include:
- – senior project managers
- – program managers
- – portfolio managers
- – enterprise architects
- – external service providers
- – senior business analysts
- – representatives of shared services organizations such as IT, HR, finance, legal, purchasing, sales and strategy planning
- – professionals in business-partner-facing service provider roles
- – anyone else interested in business value maximization.
How many BRMPs are there?
The BRMP has been offered since 2009. As of the date of this article, there are about 1500 BRMPs globally.
What’s involved in becoming a BRMP?
Getting your BRMP is a very different process from getting a certification from PMI® or IIBA® that many are familiar with. There is no experience needed before taking the prep class. You may want to review the BRMBOK before class, but that is not a prerequisite. The process of becoming a BRMP is simple:
- – Attend a 3-day class from an accredited training organization (ATO) that has been assessed and certified by APMG International, such as Watermark Learning.
- – Take a 50-question exam at the end of class. You have 40 minutes to complete the exam and must have a score of 50% or greater to pass the test. Upon successful completion of the course and exam, participants will receive their BRMP designation.
How long is the BRMP valid?
The BRMP qualification does not expire. Once you pass the test with the appropriate score, you do not need any further professional credit units to keep the certification valid.
What if I don’t pass the exam on the first try?
If you don’t pass the exam on the first try, you can take it again, either in-person or virtually.
How much does it cost to take the exam?
The cost of the exam is included in the cost of the class. Note that you must take a class from an accredited training organization (ATO).
Can I just take the test without taking the class?
No, you must take the class in order to take the test.
Can I take the class without taking the test?
Yes, you can take the class and simply opt out of taking the test after the class. However, there is no cost difference so you will have already paid for the test.
Watermark will soon be offering a BRM Foundations course that is aligned with BRMI. The objective for this course, much like our foundation courses in project management, business analysis, and business process mapping, will be to develop skills as opposed to certification exam preparation. Using role play and other interactive exercises, it will be an opportunity to apply the techniques learned and utilize key BRM concepts. Expect to hear more about our BRM Foundations course in the coming months.
Who offers the BRMP certification?
Only organizations and instructors who are accredited by APMG International can offer the BRMP certification class. (APMG International is an accreditation body who accredits training and consulting organizations and instructors, and manages certification schemes for knowledge-based workers.) There is a rigorous process for both the organization (Watermark Learning) as well as the instructor in order to become accredited.
How did Watermark get into BRMP training?
Watermark Learning is a recognized global leader offering skills development and and certification training in both project management and business analysis, including prep classes for PMP, CAPM, CBAP, CCBA, CBAP, and PMI-PBA. As a training, certification, and coaching firm, we are focused on developing talent that helps organizations realize value in their project and organizational investments. BRMP seemed like the next logical step. BRMs and BRMPs often come from the field of senior business analysts or program, portfolio, and senior project managers.
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