Mar 22, 2018  
Catalog 2017-18 
Catalog 2017-18

VMware Systems Administrator

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Program Description

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 Outcomes

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).  Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training Certificate.  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 Senior Citizens and Individuals with Disabilities
  • 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

Provisional Entry - Students must have permission from the Coordinator before registering for this class. Please contact Steve Ricketts, 443-840-4442 or

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


Steve Ricketts


Owings Mills, 305E

Administrative Assistant:

Nancy Pittinger


Owings Mills, 302

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