Citrix To Retire Two Certification Programs In November

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Citrix Systems has plans to retire in November two of its legacy certification programs, among the most lucrative in the industry, to adapt to the evolving organizational practices of its partner community.

The Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) for Virtualization and Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) certification tracks will officially come to an end Nov. 28, according to the Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based virtualization technology vendor.

Mike Fouts, Citrix VP of channels and field marketing, said that while the certifications remain popular -- CCEE engineers make an average wage of $104,240 -- they no longer align with the skill sets solution providers use to self-organize their staff.

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“The certifications we are retiring are a little bit broad. They encompass a number of skills and disciplines,” Fouts told CRN.

Citrix had the retirement in mind when it introduced a number of new “solution-based” certifications last year that were divided into three disciplines, each containing several components: architecting, assessing and designing; building, deploying and optimizing; managing and maintaining; and monitoring and troubleshooting.

 “Those are the three sets that we find the market and the industry break their skills into,” Fouts said.

“More broadly speaking, one group architects, another deploys and the final maintains. By breaking that up, it allows us to get deeper into each of those so we can provide a better, more-comprehensive certification and skill set,” Fouts told CRN.

One of the new certifications, Citrix Certified Professional-Virtualization (CCP-V), updates the soon-to-be-retired CCEE track. And Citrix Certified Expert-Virtualization (CCE-V) effectively replaces CCIA.

Citrix has offered the new programs and the ones to be wound down simultaneously for the past year to allow partners time to make the switch.

“We thought it was a much better alignment with how people operate in the real world,” he added.

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