The number of IT job postings in virtualization grows rapidly from year to year showing the demand for specialists with necessary skills and knowledge. To meet this demand, in the beginning of 2014, Veeam introduced the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification. This program helps Veeam experts stand out amongst the rest of IT professionals.
In this article, I will present an overview of the new program, explain where and how to prepare for a certification exam, and answer other frequently asked questions. So after reading this article, you will understand how to become a certified Veeam expert.
We know that certified IT professionals bring more value to their companies, show better performance and reduce costs by being ahead of the curve. Let’s consider VMCE certification in more details.
What is the Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE) certification?
As it was already mentioned above, the VMCE certification is a new program launched by Veeam in 2014 validating your knowledge and skills to perform a wide array of tasks with Veeam solutions. It confirms that you hold the necessary level of technical expertise to correctly architect, implement, configure and troubleshoot Veeam products. Today, Veeam certification is available in Europe and North America.
How do you become a Veeam-certified expert? Training course and exam
To become a VMCE, you will need to attend a technical training course and take the exam. The training course is available in-person and online.
You will need to attend a 3-day class led by an instructor (instructor-led training) to prepare for the exam in one of the Veeam Authorized Education Centers. During these three days, you will hear about Veeam’s technology, main features and solutions for virtual environments in details and then work in labs emulating real life scenarios. Classes are available in all Veeam Authorized Education Centers so you can always reserve your seat in advance if you decide to go this route.
Another training option (only available in North America) is to watch a set of 15-minute videos from live courses via a web browser while practice labs will be available remotely 24x7 (these are the same labs available during the instructor-led training). This option provides more learning flexibility as you don’t have to attend face-to-face trainings in class.
The final exam will contain 50 questions selected at random from each course module, and must be taken at a Pearson VUE local testing facility. After passing the final exam with a minimum score of 70%, you will achieve the VMCE credential. Please note that certification can only be obtained if you attend training in one of the methods described above AND pass the exam.
The VMCE certification is intended for system engineers, backup and virtualization admins, solution architects, consultants and any other IT professionals using Veeam solutions (end-users and partners). Before taking the course, you as a participant should have a good understanding of virtualization, backup and recovery principles.
What do I gain from passing a Veeam exam?
By becoming a Veeam Certified Engineer you will have access to all of the benefits provided to the VMCE community, including:
You will be able to share your transcript with other IT professionals to prove that you passed the final exam and show your progress toward virtualization technologies.
You will be allowed to publicly use the Veeam Certified Engineer logo.
You will obtain an access to "No queue for you" phone support, meaning you will have direct access to support for critical onsite issues.
Finally, getting certified means getting recognized by IT professional community.
How long is a Veeam certification valid?
In order to ensure that Veeam certification is a valuable indicator of a candidate’s knowledge, Veeam will require re-certificating on all major releases of Veeam solutions. To upgrade your certification level as a VMCE, you will have 120 days after the release to take the upgrade course and pass the corresponding exam.
If a VMCE fails the exam, there will be another 90 days to re-take the course (full) and pass the exam (full).
If after this time a VMCE didn’t confirm the certification, it will expire.
The training course includes 10+ modules covering the following topics:
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