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New NCDA and NCIE certifications: a list of frequently asked questions

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

New NCDA and NCIE certificationsWith the arrival of cDOT 8.3 NetApp will not only introduce new courses and specializations, the certification program will also contain some major changes.
New NCDA and NCIE exams and certifications, new names for existing certifications, new regulations concerning exams and certifications, in short, a lot is changing. In this blog I have listed the questions most frequently asked about the new certifications.

Which new exams will be available for NCDA and NCIE?

On May 15th 2015 the following NetApp exams will be available:

  • NS0-157, NCDA cDOT (replaces NS0-156)
  • NS0-506, NCIE SAN cDOT (replaces NS0-504)
  • NS0-511, NCIE Data Protection (replaces NS0-510)

What will change within the NCDA certification?

From May 15th 2015 a distinction will be made between NCDA 7-Mode and NCDA cDOT within the NCDA certification. The exam NS0-156 will be cancelled.

An important note: despite the changes the already obtained certifications will still be valid. It won’t be necessary to take the exams again.

Current name and acronymNew name and acronymExam
NetApp Certified Data Administrator
(NCDA)
NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Data ONTAP 7-Mode
(NCDA 7-Mode)
NS0-155
NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Clustered Data ONTAP
(NCDA cDOT)
NS0-157

After May 15th 2015 the exams for 7-Mode, including the exam NS0-155, will not be renewed. Thus the certificate will not have an expiry date anymore, it will stay valid forever.

What will change within the NCIE-SAN certification?

From May 15th 2015 a distinction will be made between NCIE SAN 7-Mode, NCIE SAN cDOT and NCIE SAN E-Series within the NCIE certification. The exam NS0-504 will be cancelled.

An important note: despite the changes the already obtained certifications will still be valid. It won’t be necessary to take the exams again.

Current name and acronymNew name and acronymExam
NetApp Certified SAN Implementation Engineer
(NCIE SAN)
Specialist, 7-Mode
(NCIE SAN 7-Mode)
NS0-502
NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer - SAN Specialist, Clustered Data ONTAP
(NCIE SAN cDOT)
NS0-506
NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer - SAN Specialist, E-Series
(NCIE SAN E-Series)
NS0-505

Do you want to certify for NCIE SAN cDOT after May 15th 2015? In that case you require the NCDA cDOT certification. NCDA 7-Mode will no longer suffice. A NCDA certification is not mandatory for NCIE SAN E-Series. NCDA 7-Mode will stay mandatory for NCIE SAN 7-Mode.

After May 15th 2015 the exams for 7-Mode, including the exam NS0-502, will not be renewed. Thus the certificate will not have an expiry date anymore, it will stay valid forever.

What will change within the certification NCIE Backup & Recovery?

From May 15th 2015 the NCIE Backup & Recovery certification will be replaced by the NCIE Data Protection certification. The exam NS0-510 will be cancelled.

An important note: despite the changes the already obtained certifications will still be valid. It won’t be necessary to take the exams again.

Current name and acronymNew name and acronymExam
NetApp Certified Backup & Recovery Implementation Engineer
(NCIE B&R)
NetApp Certified Implementation Engineer - Data Protection Specialist
(NCIE Data Protection)
NS0-511

Until when can you take the NetApp exams that will be cancelled?

Until June 14th 2015.

Until May 15th 2015 only the current NetApp exams will be available. If you want to take the exam between May 15th and June 14th 2015 you can choose whether you want to take the current exam or the new exam. After June 14th 2015 only the new exams will be available.

What happens to the NetApp certificates you have already obtained?

There will be 2 changes:

  1. The name changes, depending on the exam you have passed. For example: you are now NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA) because you passed the exam NS0-155. After May 15th 2015 you will be NetApp Certified Data Administrator, Data ONTAP 7-Mode.
  2. The expiry date of your certificate changes. The expiry date for certificates for 7-Mode lapses – certificates will be valid forever – and the earlier communicated expiry date of all other certificates will be postponed with 3 months. Those certificates will henceforth be valid for 27 months instead of 24, to provide everyone with the opportunity to certify himself again during NetApp Insight.

Do you get a new proof of certification and a new logo?

Yes. Because of the name change you have a right to a new proof of certification with the right name. Go to your CertCenter account, select Certifications and print the PDF document. NetApp doesn’t send paper certificates.

You will also receive new logos that will be available in your CertCenter account in June or July.

What else will change in the area of NetApp exams from May 15th 2015?

When you take the exam in a non-English-speaking country you will get 30 more minutes to complete the exam than when you take it in an English-speaking country.

If you took the NetApp exam for the first time, didn’t pass and want to try it for a second time, you will have to wait at least 24 hours before you can take it again. If you don’t pass the second time either, you will have to wait at least 14 days before you can take the exam again.

If you passed the NetApp exam, you will have to wait at least 18 months before you can take the same exam again.

NetApp introduces Provisional Exam Scoring: after the exam you will receive a provisional result. Only after a statistical analysis of approximately 3 working days you will receive the definitive result by e-mail.

You have attended the 5-day NetApp training on cDOT 8.2. Do you need additional courses to prepare for the exam NS0-157: the exam for cDOT 8.3?

When you attend the online course Clustered Data ONTAP 8.3: New Features, available in the NetApp Learning Center, you will learn more about the new features of cDOT 8.3. The course is free and will last approximately 2 hours.

Will there also be new courses available?

With the arrival of NetApp cDOT 8.3 the course Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 Administration (DCADM) has been replaced by the course Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (CDOTDP). You will find more information on other new and changed courses in my (Dutch) blog NetApp cDOT 8.3: new features, courses and specializations.

What will be the impact of these changes on the certification program for NetApp partners?

For now these changes will have no impact on the certification program for NetApp partners. In one of my following blogs I will address the changes in the partner program that will be implemented after the summer.

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NetApp cDOT 8.3: new features, courses and specializations

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

At the end of 2014 NetApp launched the new version of its operating system: clustered Data ONTAP 8.3, also known as cDOT 8.3. This version contains new features compared to 8.2. The arrival of these features has consequences for the NetApp courses, certifications and specializations.

In this blog post I will explain the most important new features of NetApp cDOT 8.3, which NetApp courses will change and which will stay the same.

What is different in NetApp cDOT 8.3 compared to NetApp cDOT 8.2?

NetApp cDOT 8.3 contains the following new features:

  • MetroCluster technology
  • IPspaces
  • Improvement in SnapMirror functionality
  • Advanced Drive Partitioning (ADP)

Which NetApp courses will change with the arrival of NetApp cDOT 8.3?

The course Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 Administration (DCADM) will be replaced by the course Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (CDOTDP). The duration of the course remains unchanged: 5 days. The course is a preparation for the exam NSO-156 and will be available in March.
The other courses that will change with the arrival of NetApp cDOT 8.3 are the NFS and the CIFS courses: Data ONTAP NFS Administration and Data ONTAP SMB (CIFS) Administration. These changed courses will also be available in March.

Will the certification change? Will there be a new NetApp cDOT 8.3 exam?

Not in the very near future. The NS0-156 exam is still the exam that needs to be taken successfully to obtain the NCDA certification. It is however expected that a specific exam for NetApp cDOT 8.3 will be implemented this year.

Will the courses on Data ONTAP 7-Mode still exist?

Yes. There are after all still organizations that work with Data ONTAP 7-Mode.

Is there an update course available that will address the differences between NetApp cDOT 8.2 and NetApp cDOT 8.3?

Yes. Fast Lane will develop an update workshop. In this workshop the following subjects will be addressed:

  • Support for All-Flash FAS and new NetApp hardware platforms
  • MetroCluster technology
  • VM Granular Operation and Management
  • IPspaces
  • Datamotion for LUNs
  • Improvement in SnapMirror functionality
  • Automated Non-Disruptive Upgrade (NDU)
  • Increased Flash Pool cache size
  • Support for Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
  • Advanced Drive Partitioning (ADP)
  • System Setup 3.0
  • System Manager 8.3
  • 7-mode transition tools
  • SnapVault enhancements

What is the difference between Data ONTAP Cluster-Mode and clustered Data ONTAP?

There is none. Since version 8.2 of the operating system the product is called clustered Data ONTAP.

Are all NetApp courses available on the cDOT platform?

Almost. The course Administration of OnCommand Management Solutions (AOCMCDOT) for OnCommand is expected in March. This version is suitable for OnCommand on cDOT. The course has a duration of 2 days.

The cDOT specialization is added to the NetApp partner program. What does your organization need to do to obtain the NetApp cDOT specialization?

Within the cDOT specialization there are 3 distinctive roles: the role of sales professional, the role of SE specialist and the role of PS professional. Your organization needs to have an established amount of certified employees in its service:

  • 5 sales professionals
  • 2 SE specialisten
  • 2 PS professionals

These employees need to take the following courses and exams:

Sales professional

  • GetSuccessful cDOT Workshop (classical)

SE specialist

  • Clustered Data ONTAP Fundamentals (web based)
  • Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 New Features (web based)
  • Technical Positioning or Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 (web based)
  • What’s New in Data ONTAP 8.2 Licensing (web based)
  • Technical Overview or Licensing in Data ONTAP 8.2 (web based)
  • Data ONTAP License Key Replacement Scenarios (web based)
  • NetApp Transition Fundamentals (web based)
  • Technical Overview or OnCommand System Manager 3.1 (web based)
  • Technical Overview or OnCommand Unified Manager 5.x (web based)
  • Performance Analysis Fundamentals on Data ONTAP (web based)
  • Technical Overview of SnapVault on Clustered Data ONTAP (web based)
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (classical)
  • NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator Clustered (exam)

PS professional

  • What’s New in Data ONTAP 8.2 Licensing (web based)
  • Technical Overview or Licensing in Data ONTAP (web based)
  • Data ONTAP License Key Replacement Scenarios (web based)
  • Technical Overview or OnCommand System Manager 3.1 (web based)
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Installation Workshop (classical)
  • NetApp Accredited Professional II (Clustered Data ONTAP) Assessment
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Administration and Data Protection (classical)
  • NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator Clustered (exam)

Besides taking courses and exams the NetApp partner 3 will provide client references and will perform the cDOT Demo Competency Assessment.

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