Together with announcement of XenDesktop 7 Citrix made changes in their certification program. To reflect the Citrix product portfolio the following certification paths are available:
- Apps and Desktops (AD) – certifications focus on the design, deployment, and management of XenDesktop 7 solutions.
- Networking – certifications validate the knowledge and skills needed to leverage the full capabilities of Citrix NetScaler, including implementation for app and desktop delivery, networking performance and optimization.
- Mobility – certification validates the knowledge and skills needed to design, deploy and manage mobile solutions.
- Cloud – certifications validate the knowledge and skills needed to leverage the full capabilities of Citrix cloud solutions (still not available)
In May 2014 Citrix changed the certification path and names for Apps and Desktops and renamed it to Virtualization . The below picture presents the available now paths from Virtualization area. Still the Virtualization certifications focus on the design, deployment, and management of XenDesktop 7 solutions. I was not able to find information if new XenApp/XenDesktop 7.5 features are included in the exam scope or not.
If you are already a holder of one of the legacy Citrix certification: CCA/CCAA, CCEE, CCIA then Citrix recommends the following upgrade paths:
Updating to Virtualization Certifications
- CCA and CCAA certificants can achieve the Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA-V) by passing the Associate-level exam, 1Y0-200.
- CCEE for Virtualization certificants can achieve the Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V) by passing the Professional-level exam, 1Y0-300.
- CCIA for Virtualization certificants can achieve the Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V) by passing the Expert-level exam, 1Y0-400.
As you can see introduced changes makes the whole certification program a bit clearer and I really hope that Citrix will stick to this naming for some time. It will for sure increase the familiarity and credibility of Citrix certs.
My next plan is to achieve CCA-V and I will prepare the study guide that I will share with you. Stay tuned and wait for the next post regarding Citrix stuff.