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Dell EMC Lays Out Certification Framework

Dell and EMC are finally making sense of their gigantic combined certification program.Manage: This category embraces a whole slew of credentials, including EMC Cloud and Storage Administrator certs (EMCCAD and EMCSA), various EMC Product/Technology certs (Dell EMC Proven Professional credentials on Storage Resource Management, SAN, and Data Protection), VCE Administration Engineer (VCE-CIAE), and Dell Certified Professional certs (including PowerEdge DCPPE, Storage DSDPS, and Networking DNDNS).


Support: Applies only to Employees and Partners, and includes credentials in the areas of Data Storage, Scale-out Storage, and Data Storage, Networking, and Servers. Applies to both the EMC and Dell sides of the house. Certs included here are Dell EMC Proven Professional EMCPE and EMCTSE, as well as Dell Certified Professional DCPPE, DSDPS, and DNDNS.


Technology: Falls entirely within the Dell EMC Proven Professional certs, and includes credentials in the areas of information storage (EMCISA), cloud infrastructure and services (EMCCIS), data protection and management (EMCDPM), and data science (EMCDSA and EMCDS).


The acronyms for the various credentials covered in the map (which number in the 30s) indicate their provenance. Those that start with “EMC” came from that side of the house, those that start with “D” came from one of the Dell business units, and those that start with “VCE” focus on virtualized block-level storage and converged infrastructure for data centers at large enterprises and in service centers.


Though the credentials are now all under one roof, there are still strong strains of prior parentage visible and hard at work. It will be interesting to watch how these offerings morph and merge over time. But what you have here is a terrific and usable snapshot of the way things stand at Dell EMC, certification-wise, right now.



ed-tittel120Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed blogs on certification topics for Tom’s IT Pro, and on Windows desktop OS topics for TechTarget. Check out his website at