VMware Systems Administrator, Continuing Education Workforce 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

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare to pass the VMware VCP certification exam; 
2. install, configure, manage, maintain and troubleshoot a virtual network infrastructure/cloud platform using VMware; and
3. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required for an entry level VMware Systems Administrator.

Program Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce 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.

www.vmware.com

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

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.

Recommended:
A+ courses, background or certification

Application Process

To apply, go to www.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.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum. A maximum number of 37 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.

Course Number

Course

Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

Prerequisite:

PCA 619

or

PCA 615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Network and Data Communications

 

37.5

Guide to Networking Essentials 8th edition; Tomsho; eBook $38.99; Paperback $199.95

** Check with coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

$569
T-$171/F-$398

Course:

PCA 614

Shared with credit class DCOM 263

VMware Virtualization and Cloud Computing Certification (HYB)

50

TBD

$729
T-$219/F-$510

Course & Prerequisite Totals:

 

87.50

TBD

$1298
T-$390/F-$908​

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; 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

Program Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | sricketts@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville | BESS | 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | dbennett@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville | BESS |100