eSkills training and certification are often hard to compare. They may be very specific and focused on the latest technology of one of the hardware or software suppliers, or more generic and providing overview of a field like architecture, business analysis or information security.One solution for this enigma is comparing learning outcomes with the e-competences defined in the e-Competence Framework e-CF and with the ICT Profiles of the CEN Workshop on ICT Skils. This is the core idea of the Certification Profiles listed below.
A Certification Profile contains the core information about an eSkills related certificate and shows which e-competencies match with obtaining the certificate and compares those with the most relevant ICT-profiles.
|Title||VMware Certified Professional - Cloud (VCP-Cloud)|
|Description||Validates the ability to install, configure and administer a Cloud environment using vCloud Director and related components. Successful candidates demonstrate core vSphere skills in extending data virtualization throughout the cloud by creating and managing vApps, service catalogs, and organization/provider VDCs, as well as administering cloud enabled networking and storage. This competency is built on the skills and knowledge needed to successfully install, deploy, scale, and manage VMware vSphere environments along with a solid foundation in basic cloud infrastructure concepts including public/private/hybrid clouds, multi-tenancy, and cloud security.|
- Infrastructure personnel, who are capable of installing and configuring ESXi hosts and can use VMware vCenter™ Server to monitor, manage, troubleshoot, and administer virtual machines. The candidate possesses an understanding of basic cloud concepts.
|Corresponding ICT profiles||
- NETWORK SPECIALIST
- SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR
- Successful completion of a required VMware authorized course and pass the VCP Cloud exam.
- Plan, Install, Configure and Upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi
- Plan and Configure vSphere Networking
- Plan and Configure vSphere Storage
- Deploy and Administer Virtual Machines, vCloud vApps, and vCenter vApps
- Establish and Maintain Service Levels
- Perform Basic Troubleshooting and Alarm Management
- Monitor vSphere and vCloud Implementations
- Install, Configure, and Upgrade vCloud Suite Components
- Administer Users, Roles and Privileges in a vCloud
- Create and Administer vCloud Networking
- Configure and Administer vCloud Organizations
- Allocate and Manage vCloud Resources
- Create and Administer vCloud Catalogs and vCloud Automation Center (vCAC) Blueprints
|Competence covered with this certificate||Competence from the ICT Profiles|
|e-CF competency||Level||G/P/S||NETWORK SPECIALIST||SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR|
|A.2 Service Level Management||3||S|
|B.1 Application Development||2|
|B.2 Component Integration||2||G||2||2|
|B.4 Solution Deployment||2||G||2|
|B.6 Systems Engineering||3||P|
|C.1 User Support||1||P||2|
|C.3 Service Delivery||1||P|
|C.4 Problem Management||3||P||2||2|
|E.8 Information Security Management||2||P||2||2|
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Any mapping to the e-CF will have to deal with cases where the e-competence at hand, e.g. in a learning outcome, does not fit the description in the e-CF to its full extend. Here we used a grading (G/P/S) such that for e-competency:
For each e-competency the G (General), P (Partial) and S (Superficial) indicate the extend the competency is covered by the certificate:
Someone with this certificate will most likely have the competence.
The content of the requirements for the certificate match with the description of the competence but some parts of the competence are missing (e.g. no evidence of some of the practical skills).
The content of the requirements mentions parts of the competence description, but there is no evidence that obtaining the certificate will show possession of this competence.
The methodology behind the Certification Profiles has been developed during the eSkills Quality study for the European Commission. The final report of this study is available here.