• The "SAP Certified Application Associate - SAP S/4HANA for Management Accounting Associates (SAP S/4HANA 1709)" certification exam verifies that the candidate possesses fundamental knowledge and proven skills in the area of SAP S/4HANA Management Accounting. It tests that the candidate has a good overall understanding within this consultant profile and can implement this knowledge practically in projects under the guidance of an experienced consultant. It is recommended as an entry-level qualification to allow consultants to get acquainted within Management Accounting projects. This certificate is the ideal starting point for a professional career as a Management Accounting consultant on SAP S/4HANA. If experience in SAP implementation projects of Management Accounting are added over years, a professional career can be validated by taking a second exam which focuses on the migration from SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA: "SAP Certified Application Professional - Financials in SAP S/4HANA for SAP ERP Financials experts".


  • To ensure success, SAP recommends combining education courses and hands-on experience to prepare for your certification exam as questions will test your ability to apply the knowledge you have gained in training.
  • You are not allowed to use any reference materials during the certification test (no access to online documentation or to any SAP system).

Topic Areas

Please see below the list of topics that may be covered within this certification and the courses that cover them. Its accuracy does not constitute a legitimate claim; SAP reserves the right to update the exam content (topics, items, weighting) at any time.

Cost Center Accounting > 12%

Maintain cost center master data, hierarchies, and groups. Maintain activity types and statistical key figures. Perform daily operations and period end closing for cost center accounting. Perform planning and reporting for cost center accounting.

Internal Orders > 12%

Configure internal order types and maintain internal order master records. Perform daily operation in internal order accounting. Configure and perform internal order settlement and perform other period end closing activities for internal orders. Configure and use budgeting and commitment management. Perform reporting for internal orders.

Product Cost Planning > 12%

Determine the cost component structure, define costing versions for alternative costings. Maintain primary cost component structure and transfer to material cost component structure. Perform multi-level costings. Carry out a price update in the material master record. Determine valuation variants. Describe reporting options in the costing transaction (costing structure, element list, component list, lot size). Determine costing variants.

Cost Object Controlling > 12%

Configure cost object controlling - planning and actuals. Customize and complete cost object controlling in a make to stock scenario and a make to order scenario. Configure period end closing for cost objects. Define work in process rules (periodic view / order view). Determine and customize results analysis. Determine and customize variance calculation. Determine and customize valuated sales order stock. Determine and customize sales order item as cost object.

Profitability Analysis > 12%

Define value fields, characteristics and summary characteristics. Configure profitability analysis and determine the operating concern. Define result analysis and revenue recognition. Configure period-end closing for PA. Configure the characteristic derivation. Determine valuation of value fields (e.g. costing sheet, valuation via cost component split). Analyze the differences between costing-based and account-based PA. Analyze the actual value flow to CO-PA in a sales process (make to order or sales from stock)

Profit Center Accounting > 12%

Maintain profit centers and perform profit center master data assignments. Configure and perform period-end closing for profit center accounting. Analyze the integrated value flows to profit centers.Perform profit center reorganization, describe transfer pricing. Perform planning for profit centers.

Organizational Assignments and Process Integration 8% - 12%

Determine scopes and processes in Management Accounting and determine high-level requirements for organization units. Assign the controlling area to company codes and operating concern.Define cross-company code design. Define sales pricing, inbound freight, stock transfers. Configure period end closing.

General Information

Exam Preparation 

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Each specific certification comes with its own set of preparation tactics. We define them as "Topic Areas" and they can be found on each exam description. You can find the number of questions, the duration of the exam, what areas you will be tested on, and recommended course work and content you can reference.

Certification exams might contain unscored items that are being tested for upcoming releases of the exam. These unscored items are randomly distributed across the certification topics and are not counted towards the final score. The total number of items of an examination as advertised in the Training Shop is never exceeded when unscored items are used.

Please be aware that the professional- level certification also requires several years of practical on-the-job experience and addresses real-life scenarios.

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