Following up on new certification requirements announced in May as part of its revamped Citrix Solution Advisor program, Citrix Systems Inc. yesterday rolled out the first of several new technical certifications.
Now available for partners, the three new Citrix certifications center on the Citrix XenDesktop 7 desktop virtualization suite and include the following:
- Citrix Certified Associate, Apps and Desktops (CCA-AD): Designed for IT operators and administrators, this certification validates the skills required in managing XenDesktop 7.
- Citrix Certified Professional, Apps and Desktops (CCP-AD): This certification is designed for experienced IT professionals, including designers, architects, engineers and consultants. It validates the skills required to deploy XenDesktop 7.
- Citrix Certified Expert, Apps and Desktops (CCE-AD): Intended for the same roles as the CCP-AD, this certification validates understanding of complex IT implementations and the skills required to design XenDesktop 7 systems.
According to Mike Fouts, vice president of Channels and Field Marketing for Citrix, the new certifications are recommended for employees of Citrix channel partners who are responsible for administering and maintaining Citrix solutions, as well as for those responsible for designing, building and supporting Citrix solutions.
New Citrix certifications -- those introduced today as well as other certifications for networking and mobility that partners can expect to hear about early in 2014 -- target improvements in technical competencies around Citrix products that span mobile, cloud, collaboration and virtualization.
According to Citrix, the company has streamlined the new certification structure, condensing it from a number of individual and disparate certifications into just three, requiring fewer exams and less time out of the field for partners.
"Requirements for each certification are based on a single training per certification, along with the successful completion of an examination," Fouts said.
To comply with the new Citrix Solution Advisor program, these three certifications have been added into the existing technical requirements and count toward the new program certification requirements. Citrix has an upgrade path for partners that want to upgrade from previous program certifications.
By taking one exam, partners will be able to attain the new certifications at the equivalent level, according to Fouts.
Partners should also note that the certifications are stacked, meaning, for instance, that a CCE-AD requires completed CCP-AD and CCA-AD certifications. The CCA-AD exam will cost $200 starting Jan. 1 ($150 through Dec. 31). The CCP-AD exam costs $300 (and requires CCA-AD certification, so there is a total cost of $500 to get certified for CCP-AD). And the CCE-AD exam costs $300 (and requires the CCP-AD certification, so there is a total cost of $800 to get certified for CCE-AD).
Partners also receive discounts on the corresponding (but not required) training: 40% to 60% off the customer list price for any standard scheduled classes, according to Citrix.