VMware Systems Administrator, Continuing Education Certificate

This course prepares students to sit for the VMware VCP certification exam, and for a professional career in virtualization and cloud computing as a VMware Systems Administrator. This course teaches students to install, configure, manage, maintain and troubleshoot a virtual network infrastructure/cloud platform using VMware VSphere. Students will install and configure virtual machines, virtual networks and virtual hard disks on datacenter and cloud servers.

Program objectives

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript). Students will be prepared to sit for the VMware VCA and VCP certification exams.

Certifying Organization:

VMware, Inc.


Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship 
Employer/Sponsor Paid Tuition
Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
Local Office of Workforce Development

Program Length

1 semester (14 - 16 weeks) not including prerequisites.

This course series begins in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville.  Course schedules vary each semester and may be held face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED.

Students must be computer literate, have strong computer skills, and have access to a computer with high-speed Internet to complete course work.

Network+ certification or strong networking background - students without this requirement must take the prerequisite course listed below.

A+ courses, background or certification

Application Process

To apply, go to ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Non-Credit Workforce Training Certificate application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Provisional Entry - Students must have permission from the Coordinator before registering for this class.  Please contact Lindsey Anderson, 443-840-5793 or landerson3@ccbcmd.edu.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number



Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




PCA 619


PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Network+ Part I: Network Data Communications



Guide to Networking Essentials; Tomsho; ISBN; 1-305-10543-5; $207.95

** Check with IT administrator for potential text update before purchasing




PCA 614

Shared with credit class DCOM 263

VMware Virtualization and Cloud Computing Certification (HYB)





Course & Prerequisite Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
Students pursuing certification in VMware often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Network+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; Cisco Certification; Red Hat Certification and Ethical Hacking & Systems Defense Certification.

Additional Expenses:
​VMware VCP Certification exam = $250

Skills for Success:​
Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners; detail-oriented; have strong analytical skills; the ability to take direction; the ability to work both independently and as a team member. 

Career Opportunities:
​With VMware and VCP certification, students qualify for entry-level positions that include VMware Systems Administrator, VMware Engineer, VMware Specialist, Virtualization Engineer, Server Virtualization Engineer, VMware Virtualization Architect; VMware Virtualization Consultant, and Network Specialist – VMware.  This career requires continued training and education.

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Lindsey Anderson | landerson3@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-5793 | Catonsville | BESS | 104A

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Pittinger | npittinger@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4483 |Owings Mills | 302