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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

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

1. prepare to pass the VMware VCP certification exam; 
2. install, configure, manage, maintain and troubleshoot a virtual network infrastructure/cloud platform using VMware; and
3. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required for an entry level VMware Systems Administrator.

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credential

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce 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

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your 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 www.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.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum. A maximum number of 37 program hours may be earned from prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)





PCA615 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Network and Data Communications



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Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)




Shared with credit class DCOM263

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; and Cisco 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, and 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

Program Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | sricketts@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4442 | Catonsville | BESS | 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | dbennett@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville | BESS |100

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