The benefits of earning a certification in Cognos TM1 are many. These include:
- A self-assessment of your skills
- Identifying areas of greater strengths and/or weakness
- Building a killer resume, industry acceptance and prestige.
With Cognos TM1, the COG-310 (developer certification) is the exam you’ll want to prepare for. It is “multiple choice”, and there are a total of 63 questions that cover all of the fundamentals of the technology. To pass (and become certified) you must earn a minimal score of 73 %. There is a fee for the exam that is nonrefundable, regardless of your final score.
Even if you have participated in multiple TM1 projects, you may find the exam challenging. I have personally have earned all 3 Cognos TM1 certifications (Developer, Analyst and Master), and I strongly recommend that you take a reasonable amount of time to prepare. If you do not have the luxury of attending a formal training class or if time is of the essence, I have recently published a book that “fast tracks” the effort required to prepare for and pass the exam.
What my book covers
Chapter 1, The Components of TM1, will identify and discuss each of the components of IBM Cognos TM1 that are covered in the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.
Chapter 2, Dimensions and Cubes, will discuss the most basic Cognos TM1 objects— Cubes and Dimensions.
Chapter 3, TurboIntegrator (TI), will explain the purpose and use of Cognos TM1 TurboIntegrator.
Chapter 4, Rules, will review the information pertaining to TM1 Rules that is important to understand when taking the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam, including the advantages of using Rules versus TurboIntegrator as well as basic rule construction fundamentals.
Chapter 5, Advanced Techniques for TI Scripting, will discuss advanced techniques for TurboIntegrator scripting in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.
Chapter 6, Drill-through, will discuss the Cognos TM1 drill-through functionality in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam. We will go over what it is, how it works, and how to construct an application with drill-through capabilities.
Chapter 7, Virtual and Lookup Cubes, will explain the definition and purpose of both virtual and lookup cubes in Cognos TM1 in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.
Chapter 8, Time Considerations, will discuss the importance and use of the time dimension in Cognos TM1 in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.
Chapter 9, Data Presentation and Reporting, will identify techniques for presenting and reporting on data in a TM1 application in regards to the current IBM Cognos TM1 Developer (Test COG-310) certification exam.
My book is based upon my eight years of Cognos TM1 experience as well what I have learned by preparing for and passing this certification exam. I think that you will find it useful:
IBM Cognos TM1 Developer’s Certification Guide