My BPMessentials BPMN Method and Style course is the world leader in BPMN training and certification.  Since it began in 2007, we have trained thousands of business analysts, business architects, BPM consultants, and process engineers around the globe  in the right way to do process modeling, and nearly 1100 have passed our rigorous certification.  Today the training is offered in a variety of delivery formats and on a choice of BPMN tools, all following the same Method and Style approach.

Method and Style does more than teach the vocabulary of BPMN – the meaning of the shapes and symbols.  It also provides a methodology for creating consistently well-structured models that are clear, complete, and shareable between business and IT, and teaches important elements of BPMN style that ensure the process logic is communicated unambiguously from the diagram on its own.  The approach is described in detail in my book BPMN Method and Style, 2nd Edition, with BPMN Implementer’s Guide, the most popular BPMN 2.0 book on the market, and the training shows you how to put it into practice.

The primary purpose of BPMN is to communicate process logic clearly through the diagram.  While it can be used as a sort of XML programming language, that is not really what it is about.  We teach students the diagram elements they need in practice, and how to use and label them correctly. The complete element set of BPMN 2.0 includes too many task, gateway, and event types, and only about half of them are ever used.  And we show you how to create models that are structurally correct. Core concepts like activity and process have a very specific meaning in BPMN, but that meaning is not clearly explained in the spec, often leading to models containing fundamental structure errors.

Learning to create “good BPMN” – models that communicate the process logic clearly, correctly, and consistently through the diagram – does not require technical knowledge, just a disciplined approach and attention to detail.  Just as with any language, you can’t learn to “speak” it properly by reading a book.  You need to be hands-on with a tool.  We have exercises throughout the training, and a major mail-in exercise in the post-class certification period.  The tools we use in the training – Process Modeler for Visio from itp commerce, an add-in to Microsoft Visio 2007, 2010, or 2013, and Signavio, a cloud-based tool accessed through a web browser – both incorporate Method and Style validation.  Without this, my personal review of the certification exercises would be impossible.  Actually, the certification process is where the classroom teaching really begins to sink in.

The training is offered in a variety of formats or delivery channels.  The course content, exercises, and post-class certification is the same regardless of the format.

  • Private 2-day class onsite, available worldwide in English.  The base price includes training and certification for up to 15 students at the client’s site.  Client may specify either the Visio add-in or Signavio.  Live training may include an optional post-class workshop focused on the client’s actual process models in development.
  • Public 3-day live-online, approximately bimonthly.  Most classes run 11am-4pm each day US Eastern Time (5-10pm CET).  Students may use either the Visio add-in or Signavio.  Distributed groups of 10 or more may request private live-online training with date/time and tool specified by the client.  Students view the training through the iLinc e-learning environment and perform in-class exercises in another window.
  • Online on-demand video training, self-paced, hosted on  Visio add-in only.  Click here to register and begin right away.