10 Facts on Workday Certification Training – Is it important?

Li Yin Lam
Hi guys! I’m Li Yin Lam, Workday Talent Consultant at Third Republic - Recruitment solutions for next-generation digital technologies! To recruit successfully in the Workday space I truly believe in the importance and value of understanding my market which means keeping up with the most up to date news revolving Workday and also writing my own content to share my thoughts and understanding. It's an exciting journey :D Hope you all enjoy and in return, I invite you to share your thoughts and experiences with me...

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  1. Great read! As a Workday recruiter I have worked with a handful of clients that only want to hire people with active certifications. That can be tough knowing that I speak to bright qualified candidates everyday that are not certified.

  2. I am working on Workday applications since about 3 years now and i think direct customers give you much more exposure than partner companies. with direct customers you get the real feel of workday possibilities and that’s where you get real challenges . Implementations only cover basic functionalities necessary to move a customer on cloud and mostly get them started with could ERP but the real challenges start later where partner companies give up mainly because of cost and lack of ownership. and i cant agree more on what you have written about workday certifications.

  3. This article helps me quite a bit. I’m torn between leaving a partner company to moving to a customer… so I’ll lose my certification in a year when I accept thr opportunity.

  4. It’s about the direct experience with clients, seen many certified consultants who were not fruitful to organisation as much as non certified.

  5. As a former certified Workday consultant and certified Workday Pro, I am only too aware of the problems with the standardised approach that is taught. It’s particularly lacking in things like Recruiting which can be very business specific and a long way from the standard. Any attendee at the 2018 Rising’s had a choice of sessions to attend where customers were presenting what they had to do to make recruiting work for them, post implementation. Any certification without practical experience is not particularly useful, and I would personally rate a hands on candidate with no certifications who has successfully supported a live customer over one who has a list of up to date certifications to their name but has never had the opportunity to do anything with them. Also, so many things touch so many others in Workday, so knowing one area, and having done the ‘touchpoints’ training, only tells you what it will impact, not best practice or design for the overall solution. This is particularly common for consultants who focus in one area, and have a lot of experience in that area, but not in what it touches.
    Finally, for the avoidance of doubt, your point 4 is incorrect. Any consultant will lose their certifications the moment they leave Workday or a Partner, and not 12 months/2 releases later. If they rejoin, and are less than 2 releases behind, they may be able to recertify without having to re-take the training, but that’s it.
    That said, any Workday Partner consultant who is thinking of making the change, but is worried about losing their certifications, I’ve found that as long as you know what you’re doing, the certifications don’t really matter.

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