Citrix Updates Two Certifications

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Citrix has announced it will update its Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator (CCEA) and Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) credentials for its Access Suite 4 products. As a result, two cutting-edge exams—one for each program—will be released this year.


“We’ve revamped these programs,” said Julieann Scalisi, director of Citrix Education. “They’ve been released previously for other versions of our Citrix Access Suite products, but we’ve revamped them based on changes in our products and feedback from our customers who have attended the training and taken our certification exams in the past. We have made it more difficult, and we’ve added some exciting new components to the program. For example, for the (CCEA) course, in both tracks there’s a workshop. The course is called ‘The Citrix Access Suite Build-Test Workshop.’ Seventy-five percent of the class time is now hands-on with the computers and our entire suite of products.”


The CCIA and CCEA certifications serve different job roles involved with Citrix products, but are both at about the same level in terms of difficulty and skill level, Scalisi explained. “It depends on what the needs are. In some people’s minds, the CCIA is a higher-level (certification), by virtue of the title of it: architect. The CCIA program provides the tools that candidates need to go in and analyze a customer’s existing environment and identify Citrix products that can best meet that customer’s needs. They’re able to design a solution that includes all of the Citrix products that address the business challenges that customer is having, and then build and test the environment to make sure it runs optimally.


“The CCEA really focuses on ensuring that we provide the tools and knowledge to students so they can administer that system and make sure it’s configured optimally once it’s in place,” she added. “They can sustain that environment by troubleshooting and maintaining it to ensure that it runs as smoothly as possible.”


The new exam for the CCEA will involve substantial testing in the form of a simulation, while the CCIA—slated for beta testing by the end of the month—will include a “conditional” evaluation, which requires candidates to explain their decisions. Both will mainly cover the technical aspects of the Citrix Access Suite 4, Scalisi said. “In our old Integration Architect program, we had a project management component, but we found that the candidates are getting those skills elsewhere, and they’re counting on us to give them the technical knowledge.”


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