In May, NetApp will deliver updates to NetApp certification exams to extend training and certification opportunities for the latest NetApp Data ONTAP technology. NetApp will also implement changes to the NetApp Certification Program (NCP), designed to increase market recognition and protect the validity of the NetApp certifications that you work so hard to achieve.
On May 15 2015, NetApp will launch the following new exams:
- NS0-157 NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Clustered Data ONTAP. Passing this exam will earn you the NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Clustered Data ONTAP (NCDA cDOT) credential.
- NS0-506 NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN, Clustered Data ONTAP. Passing this exam, and holding an active NCDA cDOT certification, will earn you the NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – SAN Specialist, Clustered Data ONTAP (NCIE SAN cDOT) credential.
- NS0-511 NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection. Passing this exam, and holding an active NCDA cDOT certification, will earn you the NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer – Data Protection Specialist (NCIE Data Protection) credential.
Protecting the Value and Validity of NetApp Certifications:
Following industry best practices, NetApp is implementing Provisional Exam Scoring. Candidates who achieve a passing score will receive a “Provisional Exam Score Report” after completing their NCP exam at a Pearson VUE testing center, or private testing event. Final exam results will be confirmed once a validity check is complete, as defined by the NCP exam security policies, and will be made available in CertCenter within three (3) business days of the exam.
Certification Program Policy Changes.
In addition to the above changes, NetApp is implementing other minor policy changes effective May 15. For example, you can now retake an exam after a 24-hour waiting period with additional retakes following a 14 calendar-day waiting period. Passed exams may be retaken after 18 months.
NetApp is excited about these upcoming changes to the NCP, and the added value that they will deliver to you, as a certified NetApp Professional. Please watch for other enhancements to the NCP in the coming months including new certifications and tools to help you manage your certifications better.