Until the end of 2010 (12/31/2010, that is) individuals who hold a CCEA (Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator) or CCIA (Citrix Certified Integration Architect) credential for MetaFrame Access Suite 3.0 or MetaFrame XP Presentation Server can follow a special “update path” to qualify for the CCEE (Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer) for virtualization credential. This path consists of three steps, as follows:
Step 1: Gain Administration Experience
Update path candidates must obtain on-the-job, real world experience using and administrering the products that make up a current Citrix virtualization solution — namely, XenApp, XenServer, and XenDesktop. It’s also essential to understand that exam content for the CCEE for Virtualization rests on XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008, so that hands-on exposure to and knowledge of this platform and Windows Server 2008 is absolutely essential. Citrix also offers product-specific Administrator series credentials on these various items to help individuals bone up for the CCEE exam.
Step 2: Pass the Citrix Engineering Exam
Candidates must take and pass Citrix Exam A15 “Engineering a Citrix Virtualization Solution” (this exam is not yet available, but with a beta release target date of April 2010, it probably won’t go into public release until June or July of that year).
Step 3: Complete the CCEE Program Documentation Requirements
Candidates must agree to the CCEE for Virtualization program agreement language, to be made available in the Citrix Certification Manager environment online. Once the CCEE is formally released, this agreement will also become publicly available.
Long story short: looks like those planning to climb to the next Citrix certification rung, or who wish to carry forward from CCEA or CCIA credentails, should be thinking about getting involved in the beta program for the CCEE and should be working with the required platforms for that credential right now. See the “CCEE for Virtualization Update Path” Web page for more information and pointers to other related items.