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Why should I get certified? To make more money. That’s the short answer. As an OCUP Certified Professional, you will be able to show future and current employers and clients that you know UML, making you a more attractive candidate for hiring and promotion.

Why should I hire OCUP Certified Professionals? Because the OCUP Program is the first and only objective, validated measurement of a candidate’s knowledge of UML. You don’t have to guess or try to test the candidates yourself. In addition, you can tell that an OCUP Certified Professional has made a commitment to knowing UML.

What is UML? You already know that, or you wouldn’t be here! However, if you always wanted to know how OMG thinks about UML, read this Introduction to OMG’s Unified Modeling Language (UML). You can find out even more by going to OMG’s UML website.

Where can I get a copy of the UML 2.0 specification? All of OMG’s specifications can be downloaded from our website without charge. The official UML 2.0 Superstructure specification (on which the Exams are based) is available as a PDF or Zip file here. However, the UML spec is a HUGE document, and it was never intended to be read through as a way of learning UML. We recommend that you prepare for the Exams by taking a training course or studying with a book. Here is more information about preparing for the Exams.

 Which version of UML are the Exams based on? The Exams are written specifically to cover UML 2.0, which carries over a great deal of material from earlier versions, especially with respect to concepts in the Fundamental Exam.

What OCUP Exams are there? Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced. Each level of examination tests a candidate's knowledge of different concepts and usage of the UML 2.0 specification. Click here for more information on each Exam.

Which Exams should I take? You should start with the Fundamental, because passing it is a prerequisite to getting certified at Intermediate, and passing Intermediate is a prerequisite to getting certified at Advanced. So, the real question is - how high should I go? That will depend on the skill set that you have or are learning. Look here for a functional description of the skills that each level of certification indicates.

What areas of study are most important to passing each Exam? Look at this Coverage Map (PDF - 128k) to see what is  covered in each Exam. It can be a bit overwhelming all in one piece. You will find it a lot easier to learn the UML from courses or books. For more information, click here.

What can you tell me about each of the Exams? For more information, go here.

What is the cost for each Exam? US$200.00 in the United States. In other countries, the testing company, Pearson Vue, may charge a similar amount in the local currency. Payment is by major credit card. For exact pricing, please look on the Pearson Vue test site.

Can I get a discount on the fee for an Exam? After all of our expenses, OMG has very little room left to give discounts. We started this program to promote UML and assist UML practitioners and companies that use UML, not (unfortunately) to make a bundle. The only discount we can offer is for large groups of pre-paid Exams, arranged by a company or training company. If you are interested in arranging a group of Exams, please contact

 What languages can I take the Exams in? All of the Exams are in English. A Japanese version is also available in Japan and Asia-Pacific.

 What is the Exam format? The Exams are computer-based tests (CBTs) delivered at testing centers owned or licensed by Pearson VUE. Exams are multiple-choice and include text and UML diagrams.

How long is each Exam? 90 minutes. The number of questions varies between Exams. When an English-language Exam is delivered in a non-English speaking country, the test time might vary.

How do I Register to take the Exam? Go to the OMG Exam Registration site Follow the pages to: Area :.............. IT
Location: ........ [Your Country, and your state if applicable]
Client: ............ OMG
Click on “Locate a Test Site” or “Schedule an Appointment”
Click through the Pearson Vue and OMG information pages, and
Pick your exam: Fundamental, Intermediate or Advanced You will need to choose the Test Center that you wish to go to, choose a date and time for the Exam, and pay by credit card.

Where can I take an Exam? The Exams are available worldwide, exclusively at Approved Pearson Vue Testing Centers. There are thousands of centers in over a hundred countries around the world. You will search for and choose a test center as part of your registration process.

 When can I schedule my Exam? Each test center sets its own hours and days of operation. You can schedule an Exam at any time when the center you choose is open and has an available testing slot. You will schedule your Exam as part of the registration process.

What information should I be prepared to provide when I schedule my appointment? When you schedule your appointment, you should be prepared to provide any of the following information: 

  • Your name (you may be asked to provide your name as you would like to have it appear on your certificate)
  • Your Social Security, Social Insurance or Pearson Vue Testing I.D. (SP#) Number 
  • Contact phone numbers - If there is a problem, we will use these numbers to reach you
  • Mailing address - Please provide the address to which you would like your certificate mailed
  • Exam number and title
  • Eligibility information, if required
  • e-Mail address - Once again for contact purposes, this is often the fastest and most effective means of contact. Many test sponsors require e-mail contact information for registration
  • Method of payment
Can I cancel and/or reschedule my test appointment via the Pearson Vue Web site? Yes, you can cancel and/or reschedule your test through the Pearson Vue Web site. How do I take the Exam? Here is the summary. There is more information in the detailed answers below. These are computer-based tests, which you take on a computer at a test center. On the day of the test you go to the center, present two forms of identification, and sign in. You will be escorted to a quiet room with one or more testing stations. You won't be allowed to bring anything into the room with you but your wits and a wipe off note board. You'll sign onto the computer and the test will begin. You will be required to complete an agreement promising not to reveal the contents of the test. The questions themselves are variations of multiple choice formats. The Exams last 90 minutes.

When should I plan to arrive at the testing center? You should arrive at the testing center at least 30 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin. During that time the candidate will provide proper identification and the test center administrator will give the candidate a short orientation and then escort the candidate to a workstation. If a candidate does not provide the appropriate identification, the candidate will not be allowed to test for security reasons. Late arrivals will not be admitted.

What type of identification must I bring to the test center? You must have two forms of ID, one with a photo and both with a signature. Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Driver's license
  • Passport
  • Military identification
  • Employee identification card
Acceptable forms of non-photo identification include:
  • Credit card
  • Check cashing card
In the U.S., Social Security cards are not considered acceptable forms of identification. 

Can my Exam be taken on my PC, or do I have to go to a test center? The Exams must be administered at authorized testing centers.

 What items can I bring into the testing area? You may bring your identification, but not much else. No computers, PDAs, cellphones, pagers, books, notes, scratch pads, writing instruments, coats, jackets, backpacks, briefcases, purses, and so on. You get the idea.

Are there lockers? Can I keep my purse with me? Some centers may have lockers, but they are usually small, and there may be none available when you take your Exam. Please do not bring personal items to the test center.

 Will I test with only OCUP Examination candidates? No. There may be candidates taking other professional exams at the same time using the computer-based delivery system technology.

 Do I have to agree to anything, like confidentiality, before I can take an Exam? Yes. When you sit down to take an Exam at the test center, you will be asked to agree to keep the contents of the Exam confidential and to accept some terms and conditions relating to the Exam and your certification. You will not be able to take the Exam if you do not agree to these requirements. You can review the Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) here. (PDF, 7k) You can review the Candidate Agreement here. (PDF, 16k)

What is the format of the Exams? All questions are multiple choice. All Exams are closed book. No written materials or notebook computers will be allowed in the testing area.

Can I (during an Exam) skip questions and answer them later in the Exam? Yes, you may mark certain question that you feel are difficult and review them at the end of the Exam. After you clicked the submit button, the tool will tell you that you have marked questions and allow you to jump to them. Both marked and unmarked questions will be scored when finally submitting the Exam. Unanswered questions will be marked as incorrect answers.

Is it OK to guess answers or are these tests marked negatively? The Exams are not scored negatively. This means that you can safely guess answers, as no points will be deducted for incorrect answers. It is best to check if you have actually answered ALL questions before completing the Exam. If you are running short on time, just click any answer and move on. This way, you will at least have a chance to get some of them right.

Do the Pearson Vue test centers provide special testing accommodations? Yes. Candidates with documented visual, physical, hearing, or learning disabilities, which would prevent them from taking an examination under standard conditions, may request special testing accommodations and arrangements. Please contact Pearson VUE directly.

 Do I have to take the Exams in a particular order? You can take the Exams in any order, but you cannot receive your certification for a particular level until you have taken and passed any lower level Exams. Each Exam tests you on a different subset of knowledge about the UML, so you need to take and pass all of the Exams at and below a given level to be certified at that level. For example, in order to be certified as Intermediate level, candidates are required to pass the Fundamental Exam and the Intermediate Exam.

When will I find out if I passed, and what my score is? Once you have completed an exam online at a Pearson VUE Testing Center, your score will automatically be displayed on the screen. You will also receive a printed copy of the score report. This information is transmitted to OMG for our records.

What training is required before I can take an Exam? No training is required, and you do not have to take or complete any training course before you take an Exam. Of course, we strongly advise that you prepare for the Exam by studying UML in one of the many training courses available or on your own from any of the many good UML books available.

Is there a guide to what I need to know to pass the Exam? Here is a Coverage Map (PDF - 128k) for all three Exams, and here is more information on each of the Exams.

Are there books or training courses to help me to prepare for an Exam? There is at least one book written specifically to prepare you for the Fundamental and Intermediate Exams, and several companies offer training that prepares you for certification. For more information and links to the books and courses, look here. If you're just interested in general UML books and training, not geared specifically towards the exams, you can check OMG’s UML Resources page and Training Listings page. You can also look for books about learning UML at and

Are there any practice exams available? At this time, practice exams are not available.

Are there any sample questions available? Not yet.

What is the pass rate and the minimum passing score? We do not release information on pass rates. The minimum passing scores are in the description of each Exam linked from this page.

When will I receive my score reports? In most cases, you will receive your score report immediately after the test is completed. At the same time, you will receive some diagnostic information, to show you how strong you were in various areas.

What happens after I pass an Exam? First, Congratulations! You will have received your score at the test center immediately after you finished your Exam. We will send you (by mail) a certification kit, usually within one month after you pass the Exam. The kit will include a letter explaining the certification, the actual certificate (suitable for framing) and instructions for downloading the OCUP logo for the level of Exam that you have passed.

What happens if I fail an Exam? If you fail an Exam, you can retake it after a minimum of 21 days, but you cannot take a particular Exam more than three times in a twelve-month period. The diagnostic feedback that you will receive with the test score report will indicate the areas that need further study. There is no discount price for re-taking an Exam. The fee is the same as for the initial Exam.

How do I use the OCUP Certification logo, and what are my rights and responsibilities in using it? Candidates who qualify for OCUP certification may use the OCUP Certification Logo for their level (Fundamental, Intermediate, Advanced) as a graphic symbol to demonstrate to clients their expertise with UML. Please follow these guidelines to correctly promote your relationship with OMG and protect the integrity of the Logo: You may use the Logo on your business cards, letterhead stationery, resume, Web site, and marketing materials for individual service, to indicate that you have earned a credential in the OCUP Program. You may not use the Logo on any product, book, or other material. You may not use it for any purpose other than to designate your OCUP certification credential. You may use the OCUP Certification Logo only as permitted by the OMG Trademark Usage Guidelines at Some of these guidelines are: 

  • You may not alter the Logo in any way.
  • Your name, trade name, or company name must appear on any materials where the Logo is used. The Logo cannot appear larger or more prominent than your name, product or service name, trademark or service mark, logo, or trade or company name.
  • OMG may, in its sole discretion, terminate your right to use the Logo at any time.
I have lost my certification kit. Can you re-issue it? If you send us an e-mail with your name, address, and candidate ID number, we will re-issue your certificate only, for an additional charge.

 How can I check the status of my certification? Why haven't I received it yet? You should receive your certification kit within six weeks of passing an Exam. If you have not received it within this period, please contact OMG by email at

How long is the certification valid? Once you are certified at a certain level for a certain version of UML, you are always certified for that level and version. Of course, as new versions of UML become available, you may want to get certified on the newest version.

What happens to my certification once I leave my company? Does it move with me? Certifications are associated with individuals, not companies. Your certification is granted to you and it will move with you wherever you go.

What if I still have a question? You can contact OMG by email at

Last updated on 12/16/2013


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