• Marcel Venema

Nutanix training resources

With Nutanix you can build groundbreaking and state-of-the-art IT infrastructures. In this blog post, I have collected various resources for training and certification.


Certifications and Exams

There are four levels of certification, Associate, Professional, Master and Expert.


The entry-level is Associate. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice and multiple response questions. It is a proctored exam, online or at an exam facility. The time limit is 90 minutes.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training



When you have built real word experience, you are ready for the Professional level. Depending on your expertise, you can take one exam out of six:


NCP - Multi Cloud Infrastructure 5.15

Deploying, administering, and troubleshooting Nutanix AOS 5.15 in the Enterprise Cloud. 75 multiple choice and multiple response questions, 120 minutes time limit, proctored exam. This exam will be retired and will be available through 11 February 2022.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training


NCP - Multi Cloud infrastructure 5.20

Deploying, administering, and troubleshooting Nutanix AOS 5.20 in the Enterprise Cloud. 75 multiple choice and multiple response questions, 120 minutes time limit, proctored exam.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training


NCP - Data Services

Deploy, configure, optimize, troubleshoot, and perform administrative tasks on the Nutanix Enterprise Cloud storage and data services Files, Objects and Volumes technologies. 75 multiple choice and multiple response questions, 120 minutes time limit, proctored exam.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training


NCP - End User Computing

Deploy, monitor, administer, troubleshoot and maintain Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environments utilizing Nutanix technologies. 75 multiple choice and multiple response questions, 120 minutes time limit, proctored exam.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training


NCP - Database Automation

Deploy, administer, optimize and troubleshoot database workloads using Nutanix Era. 75 multiple choice and multiple response questions, 120 minutes time limit, proctored exam.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training


NCP - Multi Cloud Automation

Know the principles of automation, as well as the automation of infrastructure and single/multi-tiered applications within the Nutanix platform. 75 multiple choice and multiple response questions, 120 minutes time limit, proctored exam.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training



Next level is the Master level. This is one exam:


NCM - Multicloud Infrastructure

Performing advanced administrative tasks and optimizing both virtualized workloads and infrastructure components on an AOS 5.15 implementation. 90 multiple choice, multiple response and drag-and-drop questions, 180 minutes time limit, proctored exam.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training



The highest certification of Nutanix is the Expert Level. The exam has no multiple choice or multiple response items, it is an academic oral live exam.


NCX - Multicloud Infrastructure

Design enterprise-scale solutions that supports business-critical applications with service level agreements specified by business stakeholders. Master Nutanix Design Method. Submit thesis and live oral examen, modeled after academic viva voice defense.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training


NPX - Nutanix Platform Expert

Deliver enterprise cloud solutions using multiple hypervisors and software stacks on the Nutanix platform. Submit thesis, present solution to other NPX and live oral exam, modeled after academic viva voice defense.

Datasheet - Exam Blueprint Guide - Online Training

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The Basics

Visit the Nutanix Bible website for in-depth technical information about the platform architecture. A must-read when you want to get certified! On Youtube, view these videos here, here and here.


Another great resource is Nutanix University, where you can find dozen of free training courses and info materials.


Hands-on

Take a Nutanix Test Drive to get hands-on experience! See the Nutanix Book of Test Drive for a comprehensive explanation and guidelines.


Another option for your home lab is using the Nutanix Community Edition. This can be a single-node or three-node cluster running Nutanix AHV and AOS. Download the software here or read the blogs on how to set up Community Edition here, here and here.


Training classes

Take an online or instructor-led training at the Nutanix University or one of the authorized Nutanix Training Centers. I recommend Arrow Education Services, but maybe I am a little biased, as there is a chance you meet me there as a future Nutanix instructor.



Exam preparation

Download the Nutanix NCP-MCI Quick Start Handbook. See some Nutanix Study Tips.

Read the Nutanix Bible.




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