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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 be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Training 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.


Financial Aid and Payment Options

Continuing Education Opportunity Grant
Partial Payment Option (through Nelnet Business Solutions)
Tuition Waiver for those who qualify
Workforce Development Sequence Scholarship 
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

To apply, go to 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.  Please contact Students must have permission from the Coordinator before registering for this class.  Please contact Charles Blount at 443-840-5793 or cblount@ccbcmd.edu.

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

Coordinator: Charles Blount | cblount@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-5793 | Catonsville | BESS | 100

Administrative Assistant: Nancy Pittinger | npittinger@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4483 |Owings Mills | 302

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