Debbie Hagen

Upgrade your RTBMA or ETBMA to 2019 available soon!

Blog Post created by Debbie Hagen Employee on Jan 14, 2019

Hi TBM Heroes,

Apptio Certifications are annually renewable. This means, each year we evaluate the TBM and product enhancements that have occurred and plan the certification upgrade requirements accordingly. 


Following is an explanation of the requirements for upgrading an RTBMA 2018 title or ETBMA 2018 certification to 2019. You can view the upgrade requirements for previous years on this page: Keeping your RTBMA or ETBMA title current


Note: An AAEP is required for upgrade

The body of work created to prepare individuals to be successful TBMAs along with the examinations that validate knowledge are made possible by and are a benefit exclusively of the AAEP program. An active AAEP is required to upgrade a title or certification.


We have consistently observed that a common characteristic of successful TBMAs is the ability to leverage Community resources, whether it's asking or answering questions, attending webinars, participating in challenges or quests, or following the release notes to learn about new features.  In view of this, the Bridge Paths will be structured to leverage a great deal of Community content and both ETBMAs and RTBMAs are expected to continue to participate on Apptio Community.   This means there will be a Community participation component again this year.  


Upgrading RTBMA 2018 to RTBMA 2019 | Available late January 2018

There are two steps to upgrading your RTBMA to 2019. There will be a Bridge process you'll need to complete to

upgrade your RTBMA from 2018 to 2019.


Complete Bridge process in Apptiou

  • Take a short quiz to demonstrate your knowledge of the required competencies
  • Details will be provided on how to obtain the required competencies when the exam is published


When you are accepted as a 2019 RTBMA, you can download an updated certificate, a 2019 badge will be added to your profile and you will be added to the 2019 RTBMA Wall of Fame.




Upgrading Certified Elite TBMA 2018 to 2019 | Available February 2019

In 2019 there are two upgrade options but only one outcome.  Details regarding the required competencies and how to earn them will be posted when the bridge exam is launched. 


You can upgrade from:

  • ETBMA 2018 R11 to ETBMA 2019 
  • ETBMA 2018 R12 to ETBMA 2019


NOTE:  There will not be a path from ETBMA 2018 R11 to ETBMA 2019 R11.  All ETBMA upgrades will be on R12.  


ETBMAs will once again be required to earn Continuing Education (CE credits).

   *Note: Upgrade details post is coming next week and will include ways to earn CE Credits. 







For Upgrade details view this post: Announcing ETBMA 2019!  Are you ready? 


I recently earned my ETBMA  so I haven't finished my CE Credits but I still want to upgrade my title. Can I?

Yes. The CE requirements are designed to be completed over the course of a year. It is necessary to show CE progress equivalent to the amount of time you've been an ETBMA but not necessary to complete the annual requirements in under a year.