Recognized TBMA (RTBMA) is the first step toward becoming an Apptio Certified Elite TBMA (ETBMA).
RTBMAs complete 50 hours of self-study, instructor-led courses, and hands-on practice followed by an online examination to validate they have foundational TBMA knowledge.
AAEP (All Access Education Pass) holders are invited to pursue the title of Apptio Recognized TBMA.
The necessary course of study for an RTBMA is divided into two segments and is always visible from the Apptio University Learning Path.
The first five self-paced courses referred to as the Explorer courses are comprised of self-paced, introductory Apptio and TBM courses.
After completing these courses, you will automatically earn the Apptio University Explorer badge and gain points to increase your level on Community. This badge will be visible on your TBM Connect profile.
After completing the Explorer courses, you're ready to continue to Navigator. The Navigator segment includes a blend of best practice and product related study. Some of the content you can consume at your own pace and other courses require that you participate in our virtual classrooms where you’ll have access to outstanding instructors and get hands-on practice using Apptio. When you complete these courses, you’ll earn the Apptio University Navigator badge and gain more Apptio Community points.
After completing Explorer and Navigator, you're eligible to attempt the online examination.
What is the RTBMA exam like?
The Apptio Recognized TBMA examination is a combination of multiple-choice and multiple-response questions designed to validate that you possess knowledge in five foundational areas:
TBM Administrator (R11/R12)
ATUM Model (R11/R12)
Consistent with industry technical certification practices, every candidate will not receive every question from the examination pool and the examination pool will evolve over time. Most exams will have around 50 questions and can be easily completed by a candidate who is prepared in under 2 hours. Passing scores will vary based on question weighting and ongoing analysis. Candidates should not focus on earning a minimum passing score, but should instead strive to achieve the competencies noted above.
What happens when I pass the exam?
When you successfully complete the examination the Community Points course will unlock. Once you complete the Community Points course you will be awarded with the title of Apptio Recognized TBMA 20xx where xx = the calendar year in which the title was obtained.
Recognized TBMAs receive:
- Recognized TBMA badge on TBM Connect
- An official Apptio Recognized TBMA logo
- Can be included in email signature files and posted to social media sites such as LinkedIn
- A downloadable certificate
- Listing on the TBMA Wall of Fame (if you give us your permission to do so)
What happens if I do not pass the exam?
You will receive your examination score immediately after submitting your exam. After 4 attempts, your exam access will be revoked. To have your access re-initiated email firstname.lastname@example.org. If 30 days have passed since your last attempt, the Apptio University help desk will gladly reinstate your access. You may attempt the exam a total of 4 times within a 30 day period.
If I earned the title in a previous year, how do I upgrade to the current year?
See the information here Keeping your RTBMA or ETBMA title current
Can I attempt the exam or earn the title without an AAEP?
The body of work created to prepare individuals to be successful TBMAs along with the examination that validates knowledge, is made possible by and is a benefit exclusively of the AAEP program.
I have an AAEP but I’m very experienced and don’t think I need to take all of the classes that lead to the exam. Can I skip them?
We highly recommend attending formal education but will consider exceptions on a case by case basis. For consideration, please email email@example.com, note the courses you would like to skip and the Apptio sponsor who can vouch for your equivalent experience.
I still have questions, how can I get answers?
Leave questions right here in the comments and we’ll make sure to respond.
I think I might do this. Should I go for it?
Yes! Education Services is here to support your success and recognize you for your achievements. All you have to do to get started, is earn your Explorer badge. When you earn the Navigator badge, you’ll automatically get access to the exam and can take it whenever you like.
Update your TBM Connect status to let us know you’re pursuing the Recognized TBMA title. We want to cheer you on!