Citrix has announced the addition of three certification tracks to its program, one of which is part of the Citrix Certified Administrator (CCA) certification suite and two of which are higher-level. The first, CCA for Citrix Access Gateway 4.0, joins already-released credentials CCA for Presentation Server 4.0 and CCA for Password Manager 4.0. All three cover elements within the company’s new Access Suite 4.0. The other two new tracks are for the Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA) and Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) certifications. These also cover Access Suite 4.0, but are more complex than the CCA credentials.
“This announcement deals with the extended certifications around the entire suite, which are around the enterprise administrator and the integration architect roles,” said Melissa Hopkins, senior manager of Citrix’s education portfolio. “I hesitate to say ‘advanced,’ because it’s not really the right word, but it is an extended level with additional experience and skills.”
The CCIA centers on the analysis and design phases of a product or project lifecycle, while the CCEA covers the entire suite, rather than a single product, and also extends to the support and build-test functions of the lifecycle, Hopkins said. She added that although the certifications are stand-alone, some professionals who work extensively with Citrix’s Access Suite might want to pursue both.
“I think it depends on their role in their organization,” Hopkins said. “There are those who probably should get both, because they support all aspects of the project lifecycle. Those that primarily just do analysis and design should probably just get the Architect. There are many overlapping requirements for the certifications based on the way we’ve laid them out on the four tracks. There are one or two requirements for the Enterprise Administrator certification that are different and there are one or two for the Architect certification that are different, but the core of those certification requirements are the same.”
Courses are presently available for all of the new certifications. The CCA for Access Gateway 4.0 exam is scheduled for release before the end of this year, while the CCIA and CCEA tests are slated to be issued during the second quarter of 2006. “We have not fully defined our testing plans yet for either certification,” Hopkins said. “They’re still in development. We’re hoping, though, that they’ll be more than just Prometric-based, multiple-choice exams. Our Architect track previously ended with the final requirement of a hands-on lab that’s administered on-site at Citrix locations worldwide. We are looking at revising that, but it will not look like a standard Prometric exam.”
For more information, see http://www.citrix.com/edu.