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Citrix certifications: a summary

23rd November 2015
by Isaac Meit

Citrix certifications: they come in all sorts and shapes, with accompanying exams and courses with various acronyms and codes. How do you find your way in all those certifications? In this blog post I will give a summary of all those certifications, including accompanying exams and courses.

Citrix certifications: a few general matters

Firstly a few general matters. Contrary to, for instance VMware, Citrix does not have a mandatory training. Passing one or more exams will suffice for the obtainment of a certification.

All Citrix certifications stay valid for 3 years.

If you want to prepare for an exam I recommend that you take a look on the Citrix certifications website. There you will find the so-called ‘Citrix Exam Prep Guides’ with detailed instructions on what you have to do to be ready for the taking of the exam.

Citrix certifications: old and new

Citrix certifications consist of ‘old school’ certifications and ‘new school’ certifications.


In the summer of 2013 Citrix launched a complete new version of XenApp. By now we have already reached XenApp 7.6. The new version was built on the already existing XenDesktop architecture. The new versions (7.0 and higher) are so different from the old versions (6.5 and lower) that you could actually say they are a whole new product altogether.

Ample reason to maintain certifications for the old versions as well as certifications for the new versions. The certifications for the old versions are also still interesting to this day because a large installed base of XenApp 6.5 servers still exists. Citrix has announced that XenApp 6.5 will go End of Life in Augustus 2016.

In this blog I address the certifications for the new Citrix products. I will come back to certifications for the old Citrix products in a later blog post.

Virtualization certifications (Citrix XenDesktop 7.6)

Citrix certifications


Citrix Certified Associate – Virtualization (CCA-V)

Exam1Y0-201: Managing Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Solutions
TrainingManaging App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (CXD-203)
Someone who is CCA-V certified is a Citrix XenDesktop and/or XenApp manager who is responsible for the daily management of Citrix. Activities that are part of the remit are rolling out and providing resources with MCS and/or PVS, application management, session management, printer management and policy management.

Citrix Certified Professional – Virtualization (CCP-V)

PrerequisitesCitrix Certified Associate - Virtualization (CCA-V)
Exam1Y0-301: Deploying Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Solutions
TrainingDeploying App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop 7.6 (CXD-300)
Someone who is CCP-V certified is a Citrix XenDesktop and/or XenApp engineer who is responsible for establishing and rolling out Citrix virtualization implementations. Activities that are part of the remit are the installment, security, redundant-making and testing of the various parts of an implementation: hosts, hypervisor solutions, Controllers, StoreFront servers, Provisioning Servers and NetScalers.

Citrix Certified Expert – Virtualization (CCE-V)

PrerequisitesCitrix Certified Professional - Virtualization (CCP-V)
Exam1Y0-401: Designing Citrix XenDesktop 7.6 Solutions
TrainingDesigning App and Desktop Solutions with Citrix XenDesktop 7 (CXD-400)
Someone who is CCP-V certified is a Citrix consultant who supplies ICT solutions for an organization. The consultant has experience with the screening of all information processes and is able to present a design based upon findings, requests and restrictions. Guidance during and after the implementation is also part of the remit.

A few remarks

  • In respect of the Virtualization exams: it concerns a tiered model. CCA-V is mandatory for obtaining CCP-V, and both CCP-V and CCA-V are mandatory for obtaining CCE-V.
  • Since August 11, 2015 it is no longer possible to take exams for version 7.1 (1Y0-200, 1Y0-300 and 1Y0 400). If you have attended a course in the field of XenDesktop 7.1 or 7.5 you will run into exam questions that were not treated at the course. But if you received electronic learning materials during your course these materials will have been updated automatically. With the help of your learning materials you can still prepare for one of the new exams.
  • Since August 11, 2015 all upgrade trajectories (trajectories wherein certifications that can no longer be obtained can be converted to a renewed status) are suspended. These days anyone who is CCEA, CCEE and/or CCIA certified has to follow the whole trajectory to become certified (again).
    Networking certifications (Citrix NetScaler 10.5)

Networking certifications (Citrix NetScaler 10.5)

Citrix certifications


Citrix Certified Associate – Networking (CCA-N)

Exam1Y0-253: Implementing Citrix NetScaler 10.5 for App and Desktop Solutions
TrainingCitrix NetScaler Essentials and Unified Gateway (CNS-222)
Someone who is CCA-N certified is a Citrix XenDesktop and/or XenApp and/or XenMobile manager who knows everything there is to know about security and optimization of Citrix virtualization solutions with the Citrix NetScaler (GateWay). Activities that belong to the remit are the management of secure ICA/HDX and non-ICA VPNs from random endpoints, taking care of load balancing and high availability for random backend parts, optimizing traffic flows, the management of NetScaler Gateway policies and monitoring traffic flows.

Citrix Certified Professional – Networking (CCP-N)

Exam1Y0-351: Citrix NetScaler 10.5 Essentials and Networking
TrainingCitrix NetScaler Essentials and Traffic Management (CNS-220)
Someone who is CCP-N certified is a network manager who masters all aspects of the Citrix NetScaler when it comes to security and optimization of traffic flows. Activities that belong to the remit are rolling out and implementing Citrix NetScaler (clusters), the security of the network in all its aspects, the management of authentication techniques, taking care of load balancing, high availability and disaster recovery for random front and backend parts, optimization of traffic flows and the monitoring, auditing and logging of all network processes.

A few remarks

  • The certifications CCA-N and CCP-N are independent from each other. In principle you obtain either CCA-N or CCP-N. CCA-N can be seen as the certification on the NetScaler Gateway and CCP-N can be seen as the certification on a NetScaler (Networking) Appliance.
  • The Networking exams are based upon NetScaler 10.5. The courses address Citrix NetScaler 11. This will cause no problems during the exam preparation.
  • In contrast to the earlier announcement of Citrix there will be no CCE-N certification. Thus the course Citrix NetScaler 10.5 Advanced Implementation (CNS-301) will have no accompanying certification.
  • If you possess the (old) certification CCA NetScaler 10 (exam 1Y0 A28) you are automatically CCP-N certified. So you won’t have to retake the exam.
    Mobility certification (Citrix XenMobile 10)

Mobility certification (Citrix XenMobile 10)

Citrix certifications


Citrix Certified Professional – Mobility (CCP-M)

Exam1Y0-371: Designing, Deploying, and Managing Citrix XenMobile 10 Enterprise Solutions
TrainingDeploying Enterprise Mobility Solutions with Citrix XenMobile 10 (CXM-303)
Someone who is CCP-M certified is a manager who masters all aspects of the Citrix solutions for Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM). Activities that belong to the remit are rolling out and implementing Citrix XenMobile (clusters), signing in, managing and removing (iOS, Android, Windows or other) mobile devices, pushing (secured) applications to mobiles, taking care of secure connections with Citrix NetScaler, integrating XenApp/XenDesktop with XenMobile and monitoring and troubleshooting mobility parts.

A few remarks

  • Since November 15, 2015, exam 1Y0-370 (focused upon XenMobile 9, AppController 9 and NetScaler 10.1) can no longer be taken. Therefore you can only still certify for XenMobile 10.
  • For managers who only manage (and hence refrain from designing, building and implementing) Citrix offers the course Managing and Supporting a Mobility Solution with Citrix XenMobile (CXM-202). There is no certification connected to this course.

Want to know more about the Citrix certifications?

As I mentioned before I will come back on the Citrix certifications for XenApp 6.5 in a later blog post. If you have any questions about the certifications, whether concerning certifications for the old or for the new versions, feel free to contact me.

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