In our series this week on what certifications are needed in the networking world we take a look at the offerings for IT professionals from Aruba Networks.
You can check out our other Networking Certifications 101 from previous weeks below:
Aruba Networks is increasingly being recognised for its WLAN technology and was chosen as the platform of choice by several bidders in the recent NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) tender to implement wireless connectivity for student netbooks across 463 secondary schools. (IBM won the $70 million contract).
The vendor has three levels to its certification approach: Aruba Certified Mobility Associate (ACMA); Aruba Certified Mobility Professional (ACMP); and Aruba Certified Mobility Expert (ACME).
The ACMA certification is the entry-level and involves a multiple choice exam and time in a lab. The course enables networking professionals to "effectively deploy employee and guest networks, including small scale operational networks and proof-of-concept networks" according the company's website. There are no prerequisites for the course – although it is recommended those interested have some familiarity with WLANs and Aruba technology – and the results are available immediately after the exam.
Next up the expertise ladder is the ACMP, which is appropriate for those responsible for more complex wireless networks. To get the ACMP certification you need to attend an exam at select locations (you can find the locations here). It costs US$125 and although there are no prerequisites it is suggested those looking to take it have "a solid foundation in wireless LAN technologies and are proficient in the installation, configuration and operation of Aruba Networks products".
The top of the pick for Aruba certifications is the ACMX. This certification is for experienced wireless networking professionals that have advanced knowledge of design, implementation and technologies. It involves a 6-hour hands-on exam where your skills must be displayed and evaluated. It is held at select locations and you must have achieved the ACMP before taking the course. It costs US$1000.
Red Education sales director, Rob Howard, told Computerworld the best place to start for novices interested in the vendor's educational offerings is to attend training to get the Aruba-specific knowledge and skills.
"There is an extensive offering of Aruba courses available throughout Australia, including the Implementing Aruba WLAN’s (IAW), Scalable WLAN Deployment and Management (SWDI) and the Aruba 5 Day Mobility Bootcamp," he said. "In the case of the ACMA, the exam is included in the IAW course and the 5 day Bootcamp."
And for the more experienced Howard suggested working your way up the accreditation path from ACMA to ACMP and then the ACMX.
"There are many unique features to Aruba solutions that add incredible value to enterprise, campus and geographically dispersed networks that are simply not available in either standard or legacy WLAN technologies," he said. "These features need to be understood in order to achieve the certification levels."