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ACCEPTED PROVEN PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

FOR TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECT (TA) AND CLOUD ARCHITECT (CA) AND SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR (SA)

 

Preparing for a Dell Technologies Proven Professional Certification Exam 

It is important for Partners pursuing the below certifications to carefully review the Exam Description for the certification requirements, recommended training and prerequisites such as an Associate-level certification or other prerequisites.  For more information on Associate-level certifications click here.

 

 

  • TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECT (TA)
  • CLOUD ARCHITECT (CA)
  • SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR (SA)
  • Prerequisite Certifications

TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECT (TA)

LEVEL

CERTIFICATION TITLE

click on certification title to view exam description

VERSION

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

click on package or course name to view details

Data Protection Specialist

Specialist – Technology Architect, Data Protection Version 2.0

Current  (N)

DCS-TA Data Protection Technology Architect Version 2.0 - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Technology Architect, Data Protection Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

Backup Recovery Solutions Expert

Expert - Technology Architect, Backup Recovery Solutions Version 6.0

Current  (N) RETIRED

No longer available*

Technology Architect, Backup Recovery - Networker Expert Version 5.0 (EMCTAe)

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

PowerScale (Isilon) Solutions Specialist

Specialist - Technology Architect, PowerScale Solutions Version 4.0

Current (N)

DECS-TA PowerScale Solutions Technology Architect - Partners [Stream]

Specialist - Technology Architect, Isilon Solutions Version 3.0 

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

PowerScale (Isilon) Solutions Expert

Expert - PowerScale Solutions

Valid 36 months

PowerScale Advanced Administration ILT Training

Midrange Storage Specialist

Specialist - Technology Architect, Midrange Storage Solutions Version 2.0

Current (N)

Technology Architect, Midrange Storage Solutions Version 2.0 - Partners (Stream)

Specialist - Technology Architect, Midrange Storage Solutions Version 1.0

Previous (N-1) 

No longer available*

XtremIO Solutions Specialist

Specialist - Technology Architect, XtremIO Solutions Version 2.0 

Current (N)

DECS-TA XtremIO Solutions Technology Architect - Partners

Specialist - Technology Architect, XtremIO Solutions Version 1.0 

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

VMAX3 Solutions Specialist

Specialist - Technology Architect, VMAX3 Solutions Version 1.0 

Current (N) RETIRED

No longer available*

VMAX3 Solutions Expert

Expert - VMAX All Flash and VMAX3 Solutions Version 2.0

Current (N) RETIRED

No longer available*

Expert - VMAX3 Solutions Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

PowerMax and VMAX All Flash Solutions Specialist

Specialist - Technology Architect, PowerMax and VMAX All Flash Solutions Version 1.0

Current (N)

DCS-TA PowerMax and VMAX All Flash Solutions - Partners [On-Demand]

PowerMax and VMAX All Flash Solutions Expert

Expert - PowerMax and VMAX All Flash Solutions

Current (N)

valid for 36 months

DCE - PowerMax and VMAX All Flash Solutions [Classroom]

Enterprise Architect

Enterprise Architect

Current (N) RETIRED

No longer available*

*The Previous (N-1) certification is accepted by the program but its certification title is not hyperlinked and training is not available as this version of the certification is no longer offered.  If you want to earn a certification in this category, you would need to prepare for the Current (N) version listed.

 

Recommended Training

The training courses recommended to prepare for a Proven Professional Certification Exam will be listed in the Exam Description.  In addition, we have created certification-aligned training packages and courses for you to utilize to prepare for these exams.

  • In the list of approved certifications, click on the Recommended Training package or course name to view the package or course details.
  • Review the How to Locate Recommended Training Guide for details and instructions on locating these packages and courses via the Partner Academy or the Dell Learning Hub.
  •  For partners utilizing the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub, the recommended on-demand training packages and courses listed in the Recommended Training column of the approved certification list will be found under the PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS – COMPETENCY ALIGNED category in the Dell Learning Hub.
  • Review the Dell Learning Hub Guide for purchase, activation and access information for the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub.
  • Visit the Purchase Options page for additional purchase option information. Otherwise, contact your Partner Account Manager or sales team for purchase option information.

CLOUD ARCHITECT (CA)

LEVEL

CERTIFICATION TITLE

click on certification title to view exam description

VERSION

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

click on package or course name to view details

Cloud Architect Specialist Specialist - Cloud Architect, Cloud Infrastructure Version 3.0                                 Current (N) Cloud Infrastructure Planning and Design v2 - On-Demand Course  
 Specialist - Cloud Architect, Cloud Infrastructure Version 2.0     Previous (N-1) No longer available*
Cloud Architect Expert Expert - Cloud Architect, Cloud Services  Current (N)vaild for 36 months  Cloud Services Management

Expert - Cloud Architect, Cloud Services Version 2.0

OR

Expert - Cloud Architect, IT-as-a-Service Version 1.0            

Previous (N-1) No longer available*

*The Previous (N-1) certification is accepted by the program but its certification title is not hyperlinked and training is not available as this version of the certification is no longer offered.  If you want to earn a certification in this category, you would need to prepare for the Current (N) version listed.

 

Recommended Training

The training courses recommended to prepare for a Proven Professional Certification Exam will be listed in the Exam Description.  In addition, we have created certification-aligned training packages and courses for you to utilize to prepare for these exams.

  • In the list of approved certifications, click on the Recommended Training package or course name to view the package or course details.
  • Review the How to Locate Recommended Training Guide for details and instructions on locating these packages and courses via the Partner Academy or the Dell Learning Hub.
  •  For partners utilizing the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub, the recommended on-demand training packages and courses listed in the Recommended Training column of the approved certification list will be found under the PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS – COMPETENCY ALIGNED category in the Dell Learning Hub.
  • Review the Dell Learning Hub Guide for purchase, activation and access information for the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub.
  • Visit the Purchase Options page for additional purchase option information. Otherwise, contact your Partner Account Manager or sales team for purchase option information.

SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR (SA)

     

LEVEL

CERTIFICATION TITLE

click on certification title to view exam description

VERSION

RECOMMENDED TRAINING

click on package or course name to view details

ECS Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, ECS Version 1.0

Current (N)

DCS-SA ECS Systems Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

VPLEX Systems Administrator Specialist

 

Specialist - Systems Administrator, VPLEX Version 2.0

Current (N)

DCS-SA VPLEX Systems Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, VPLEX Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

XtremIO Solutions Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, XtremIO Solutions Version 2.0

Current (N)

DCS-SA XtremIO Solutions Systems Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, XtremIO Solutions Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

VxBlock Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, VxBlock Version 2.0

Current (N)

Coming Soon!

Specialist - Systems Administrator, Converged Infrastructure Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

VxRail Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, VxRail Version 2.0

Current (N)

DCS-SA VxRail System Administrator v2 - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, VxRail Appliance Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

RecoverPoint

Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, RecoverPoint Version 2.0

Current (N) DCS-SA RecoverPoint Systems Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, RecoverPoint Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

Avamar Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, Avamar Version 9.0

Current (N) DCS-SA Avamar Systems Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, Avamar Version 8.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

PowerProtect DD Systems Administrator Specialist

Specialist - Systems Administrator, PowerProtect DD Version 3.0

Current (N)

DCS-SA PowerProtect DD Systems Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, Data Domain Version 2.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

OpenManage

Enterprise

Systems Administrator

Specialist - Systems Administrator, OpenManage Enterprise Version 2.0

Current (N) DCS-SA Open Manage Enterprise System Administrator - Partners [On Demand]

Specialist - Systems Administrator, OpenManage Enterprise Version 1.0

Previous (N-1)

No longer available*

*The Previous (N-1) certification is accepted by the program but its certification title is not hyperlinked and training is not available as this version of the certification is no longer offered.  If you want to earn a certification in this category, you would need to prepare for the Current (N) version listed.

 

Recommended Training

The training courses recommended to prepare for a Proven Professional Certification Exam will be listed in the Exam Description.  In addition, we have created certification-aligned training packages and courses for you to utilize to prepare for these exams.

  • In the list of approved certifications, click on the Recommended Training package or course name to view the package or course details.
  • Review the How to Locate Recommended Training Guide for details and instructions on locating these packages and courses via the Partner Academy or the Dell Learning Hub.
  •  For partners utilizing the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub, the recommended on-demand training packages and courses listed in the Recommended Training column of the approved certification list will be found under the PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS – COMPETENCY ALIGNED category in the Dell Learning Hub.
  • Review the Dell Learning Hub Guide for purchase, activation and access information for the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub.
  • Visit the Purchase Options page for additional purchase option information. Otherwise, contact your Partner Account Manager or sales team for purchase option information.

To determine any prerequisite certifications for the TECHNOLOGY ARCHITECT (TA) or CLOUD ARCHITECT (CA) or SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR (SA) certification you have selected, please review the exam description linked to the Certification Title in the list of approved certifications. The TA, CA or SA exam description will list out any prerequisites for the certification.  In some cases, you may already hold a certification that will count towards the prerequisites. If you determine you need to earn a new Associate-level certification to meet a prerequisite for your desired TA, CA or SA certification, the list below will assist you in quickly locating the currently available associate-level certification exam descriptions.  

Associate Certifications

 

 

 

Recommended Training for Associate-Level Certifications

Where applicable, we have included the recommended training course(s) for the qualifying, currently available Associate-level certification in the packages listed in the Recommended Training column of the approved certification list.  These packages will contain the recommended training for the respective Specialist-level certification as well as the course(s) for the qualifying, currently available Associate-level certification.  Otherwise, the course name and course number for any recommended training aligned to an Associate certification will be listed on the exam description and is searchable in the Partner Academy by course title or course number. 

For partners utilizing the Competency-Aligned Training Plans available on the Dell Learning Hub, the recommended on-demand training packages, which include the Associate-level course(s), are listed in the Recommended Training column of the approved certification list and will be found under the PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS – COMPETENCY ALIGNED category in the Dell Learning Hub.  If needed, you can also locate the recommended training courses aligned to the Associate-level certifications under the ASSOCIATE CERTIFICATIONS - COMPETENCY ALIGNED category.

 

For more information:

 

CertTracker Reminder

To ensure that your Certification is flowing to Program Tracker and counts toward the Dell Technologies Program requirements, please make sure your demographics are set up properly in CertTracker:

  • Log in to CertTracker at: https://www.certmetrics.com/dell/login.aspx
  • Click on the Demographics menu option.
  • In the Relation to Dell Technologies field, select PARTNER.
  • In the Work email/Dell Technologies Account ID field, enter your work e-mail address associated to your profile in Program Tracker.
  • If you have questions about what e-mail address to utilize, contact your Partner Administrator or utilize the Contact Us option within Program Tracker.
  • If you make any changes in the Demographics page, you MUST scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Update/Confirm to save your changes!

 

Helpful Links  
Exam Information & Practice Tests Filterable table view of available Dell Technologies Proven Professional certification exams with links to training, exam descriptions and practice tests
Certification Overview Main landing page for the Dell Technologies Proven Professional certification program providing access to helpful resources and information
Education Services Resource Library Directory of training and certification resources
Certification Overview Video  Video showing how to schedule a Dell Technologies Proven Professional certification exam, what to expect on day of the exam and more
Dell Technologies Proven Professional Program Support Utilize this page to reach the support team - click on the option for Dell Technologies Proven Professional Program to request assistance