IMPORTANT UPDATE [APRIL 2017]:
All the HDS exam numbers have changed as part of the test delivery provider switch that occurred on March 24, 2017.
Information that is no longer valid and references to old exam numbers have been removed from this post.
For information regarding the new test delivery provider (KRYTERION) and details about the new exam numbering scheme please refer to Hitachi Vantara Certified Professional Program Update: Introducing KRYTERION .
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Hitachi Data Systems Certified Professional program new structure announcement
The Hitachi Data Systems Certified Professional program validates that our customers, partners and employees have demonstrated the knowledge, skills and abilities to innovate with Hitachi information solutions.
It is a role-based program that offers a variety of exams in the areas of storage solutions architecture, implementation and administration, using Hitachi Data Systems hardware, software, solutions, services and technology.
On May 1, 2014, the HDS Academy is launching a new certification program structure along with several other changes as the 1st step of a transition to a new certification framework.
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2-tier assessment system combined with 4 levels of credentials
The new Hitachi Data Systems Certified Professional program features a 2-tier assessment structure in which low-stakes and high-stakes testing is used in combination with 4 credential levels. This gives IT professionals the most appropriate assessment method for their role and provides them with an upgrade path to accompany career growth, allowing candidates to validate their evolving expertise through exams of increased complexity.
1. Qualification-level testing
This level of testing leverages low-stakes exams typically used in 2 contexts:
- Validation of broad and general expertise on subjects that evolve rapidly and for which a flexible assessment mechanism with short development cycles is needed.
- Validation of basic and fundamental technical knowledge acquired academically, usually through course attendance, and for which entry-level testing is appropriate.
Typical Hitachi Data Systems qualification tests include 25 to 35 multiple-choice questions, may or may not be proctored and can be delivered as closed-book or open-book, either as end-of-course tests or in a stand-alone format.
Passing a qualification test leads to a Qualification credential. Two levels are available:
- Associate: a recognition of expertise acquired in an academic format for a given subject area. This entry-level credential validates introductory-level technical knowledge.
- Professional: a validation of general and foundational knowledge for a given subject area and aligned to a specific job role. Qualified professionals can perform general level work in selected subject areas.
2. Certification-level testing
Certification-level exams are designed to effectively and accurately validate that candidates have the skills, knowledge and abilities to perform tasks specifically identified as relating to their job in real-life situations. In order to pass certification exams, candidates are expected to use knowledge acquired through multiple means and experiences including various formal and informal training and learning methods.
Hitachi Data Systems certification exams typically include 55 to 60 multiple-choice questions. They are closed-book proctored exams delivered at Prometric test centers.
Passing a certification exam leads to a Certification credential. Two levels are available:
- Specialist: a validation that the candidate has the required technical knowledge, skills and abilities to perform advanced tasks in given subject areas. Certified specialists have multilayer technical skills, can handle complex solutions and are usually specialized in 1 or more areas.
- Expert: a recognition of very high levels of technical knowledge, skills and abilities in several areas. Certified experts combine their solid experience in the IT industry with strong expertise and business acumen to deliver high-value services in complex environments.
Sales track: this track is intended for Hitachi Data Systems partners and employees who sell products, solutions, services and technology from Hitachi Data Systems.
Pre-Sales track: this new track is intended for Hitachi Data Systems partner and employee pre-sales personnel who support the sales activities of Hitachi Data Systems products, solutions, services and technology.
Architect track: this track is intended for Hitachi Data Systems partner and employee architect personnel who assess, plan and design solutions that meet the business needs of HDS customers.
Implementation and integration track: this revised and updated track is intended for Hitachi Data Systems partner and employee implementation and professional services personnel who deploy, integrate and support solutions running on Hitachi storage systems.
Note: the former “Solutions” track has been integrated into the “Implementation & integration track”.
Installation and support track: this new track is intended for Hitachi Data Systems partner and employee installation personnel who install, configure and support Hitachi storage systems.
Administration track: this track is primarily intended for Hitachi Data Systems customer storage managers who use and administer Hitachi storage systems. It is also available to HDS employees and partners.
Basics and fundamentals track: this new track is an entry-level track for audiences who seek basic knowledge and understanding of IT concepts, technologies and standards.
Removal of the Hitachi Certification Professional (HCP) - Storage Foundation requirement
The Hitachi Certified Professional (HCP) credential is no longer required to obtain a certification credential in the new structure.
See the next section (“Exam transitions and retirements”) for details about the transition and the retirement of the HH0-130 Storage Foundations exam and associated supporting course THI2264.
Credential validity and recertification rules
a) Credentials earned prior to May 1, 2014
All current and valid qualification and certification credentials acquired before May 1, 2104 remain valid until their expected expiration date, which is 2 years after exams were taken.
For these credentials, recertification is achieved by passing the HH0-130 Storage Foundations exam. This principle will remain active for valid credentials earned prior to May 1, 2104 until the HH0-130 exam is retired (see also section “Exam transitions and retirements” above).
Qualification and certification credentials expiring after May 1, 2014 will be renewed as part of the new structure by taking the corresponding new exam.
Important: there will be no credential conversion. Acquiring a credential in the new structure can only be achieved by passing an exam pertaining to the new structure.
b) Credentials earned from May 1, 2014 onwards
Qualification and certification credentials acquired on, or after May 1, 2104 as part of the new program structure are valid 3 years from the date the exam is taken. Re-certification must take place every 3 years by passing the same exam.