So who is planning on getting certified this year? It has been 3 years and my Aruba certs have expired. Anyone willing to study with me and create some awesome content for others to study as well? I am thinking notecards, practice questions, and discussions of cert topics. I feel that getting certified does two things for me. Helps me study parts of a certification that I would not normally encounter in my every day activities. It helps validate what I have learned and gives me a sense of accomplishment.
In this day, a wireless engineer needs to know more than just 802.11 and LAN fundamentals. We are asked to solution a gateway to all things for everyone and every device. We must know about security and BYOD, how to manage corparate assests over wireless, and also be able to troubleshoot hidden nodes and other wireless problems by reading into the packets/frames.
Each month or so I will be taking one of the certifications listed below. While I am studying for a certification, I will be posting descriptions of the certification, creating study material/notecards, pointing out good study material, naming related classes that would help, and helping others with any questions. I have taken these exams before so it is a little easier for me. I recommend you focus on one per every few months. You can always come back here to get the material needed for the next certification you choose.
Becoming Mobility Certified
ACMA - May
CWNA - June
ACMP - July
ACCP - August
CWDP - September
ACDX - October
CWSP - November
ACMX - December
CWAP - January
Who wants to change their lives this year? Who wants to achieve a higher level of knowledge this year? Who wants to get that raise this year? :-p
I'm up for it, if you don't mind working with a newbie.... I obviously can't go the full list to take them this year, but I'm up for studying for them..... I was planning to try and do at least the first few -- preferably before the conference, but that is probably a little optimistic..... the cost per test is a little high.... :-/
Is there any chance of Aruba releasing some official material tailored for the courses, it seems slightly sad that they expect us to do this for ourselves without making it known what we need to learn for each certification. I know there are the "study guide" leaflets that list the topics, but this is a bit open ended. I said it before and I'll say it again, until Aruba get their documentation sorted out the can never hope to rival the big boy that is Cisco.
Anyway on a happier and more positive note - good luck guys.
Matt, I will look into it. I know several people have mentioned it would be nice. But sometimes creating your own study material and studying for possible questions helps you learn even better. Also I believe that the goal is to have the knowledge not the certification. The certification is the prize.
I really like the intentions behind this thread. Great idea.
My cert goals for 2014:
In preparation for the ACMP I'm going over my Boot Camp manuals and building my lab ( 2 3200XMs, 2 AP-105s, 2 MAS 2500s, and an esxi server for VMs). I have also downloaded all the VRDs and will review them as well.
For the CWNA, I purchased the certification guide.
Also, Matt, I understand where you're coming from and have similar feelings. There's an older thread here where you may want to reiterate those comments.
I like this idea Sean.
I've been pushing off my ACMP for over a year now, it has been scheduled and I just keep re-scheduling it.
Even though i am knowledgeable, the certs prove it.
My goals would be (until the end of 2014)
ACCA (new cert - after I attend Airheads)
A lot I know.
I've been working on a an ACMP study guide that I thought I would publish online. I copied the ACMP study guide bullet points, and filled in all of the relevant knowledge below each bullet point. It's not complete, but I thought I'd publish it via OneNote. I thought it would be awesome to make it editable so everyone can contribute, but my concern is there's no accountability and someone could purposely jack with it. I'm wondering if anyone here has some Wiki knowledge and could set up a Wiki so that we could have a study guide that everyone can contribute to? If not, I'll publish my study guide as read only when it's complete.
Also, for the ACMP are we expected to know CLI commands (I do, mostly) or is there more emphasis on GUI configuration?
getting a wiki up and running is as quick as downloading a package on my nas.
That said, I'm sure there are much better free alternatives right?
http://www.wikidot.com/ for example? (disclaimer: I never used or even seen it before google'ing it 2 minutes ago)
Alright, well I'll give it a shot. Will be purchasing a domain and some hosting soon.
I've also been working on an ACMP Self Study Guide using the bulet points from http://www.arubanetworks.com/pdf/education/SG_ACMP.pdf
I've been pulling information out of the 6.1 Users Guide, CLI Reference and VRD's to
for each item and putting into a word doc. I think it would be a great idea to have something like this available for
I was able to pass the CWNA and CWSP because they have published guides
and practice tests. You're right, it would be nice for Aruba to catch up to CWNP
and Cisco and put out some study materials so that people won't feel so intimidated
walking into the tests.
@don wrote: I've also been working on an ACMP Self Study Guide using the bulet points from http://www.arubanetworks.com/pdf/education/SG_ACMP.pdf I've been pulling information out of the 6.1 Users Guide, CLI Reference and VRD's to for each item and putting into a word doc. I think it would be a great idea to have something like this available for group editing. I was able to pass the CWNA and CWSP because they have published guidesand practice tests. You're right, it would be nice for Aruba to catch up to CWNPand Cisco and put out some study materials so that people won't feel so intimidated walking into the tests.
This year I need to focus on a couple of different vendor Cisco and Aruba being the main ones. But I need some structure. The first two I want to acheive are the ACMP and CWSP. Then ACCP and finish off with CCNP Wireless. It's a lot to chew on this year, so might only complete two certs.
But I wouldn't mind help writing a study guide, since writing it down helps me remember. Let me know where I can help.
I've just started looking at 6.3 and it's a beast.
Rounding out CWAP studies and testing in the next few weeks. Goal is to get ACMP this year, hopefully before June. After June I will be allocating a lengthy study period toward expert level certifications in 2015/early 2016(CCIE, CCDE, ACDX, ACMX). Could others comment on their study methods, material, and topics of focus? Study methods and materials (pretty much the same as don:
- All guides (study, user, installation, command-reference, and MIB)
My biggest obstacles are that I do not have a lab environment (just production which limits me to going through the steps but no actual changes), nor do I have any lab guides.
Attached is a guide that I started to study and fill in.
Aruba Training Courses directly map to most certifications. IAW is for ACMA. MBC is for ACMP. CPE for ACCP. Expert exams required more real world experience and additional classes.
I've took my ACMA certification and i'm planing to take the ACMP in the next weeks...
My concern is... how more dificult is this certification regarding the ACMA? Could happen have same questions on the ACMP?
There is some cross-over material from ACMA to ACMP. Others have pointed it out but there is a study guide at http://www.arubanetworks.com/certification
ACMP is not a delta test since ACMA is not a pre-requisite to ACMP.
From my experience so far, Aruba, unlike vendors such as Microsoft, Cisco or HP, expects you to have been out on a few installs and worked through some issues prior to taking the tests. I have found multiple questions on both ClearPass and on Mobility that were not in any of the training class materials. The only way you would have know those answers would be if you've struggled through some of them in the field.
This makes for a rather frustrating testing experience if you don't have the field time behind you.
lkfirestone, I dont mind working with a newbie :-) . ACMA, CWNA, and ACMP should be your goals for this year. Lets do it together.
I currently have my ACMP (which automatically gives me ACMA?), and ACCP. This year I plan on completing CWNA (testing at end of month), CWACDX, and if I'm crazy enough ACMX.
My issues with the ACDX and ACMX is I don't have a "study guide" like the CWNP exams.
Yes, I'm aware of that, but I meant something a bit different. To pass the ACMP, I did the labs, and read the student guide, etc. To pass the CWNA, I'm reading the Cybex book for PW0-105.
To study material for the ACMX / ACDX, feels more disjointed. I don't have a singular book. It's not a big deal, it's just not ideal.
it is far from ideal to be able to pass your first time but it is actually better to actually test what people know about the products rather than what they 'memorized' from the books in the weeks before.
No one would argue that. However, not having practice test, seeing sample questions, etc makes me feel like I'm walking into the test a bit blind. I know there's the study guide that has the list of topics and recommended reading, but it still feels lacking. I guess I just want more than what's currently available. If I was studying for the CCIE wireless for example, I would have a lot more of an idea about what I'm getting into.
Where in New Zealand I can prepare for ACMA?
You can not go anywhere to prepare. But we do have the community! http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Training-Certification-Career/Becoming-Mobility-Certified-ACMA-May-2014/td-p/158724
Any of you guys planning on participating? We would love the help with content of the discussion on topics.
Although I plan on taking the ACMP instead of the ACMA (I currently work in a multicontroller environment), I will help with posting material as they both have a majority of the same study points. I have already started studies, and have become comfortable with the Product Knowledge.
I used the Data Sheets to pretty much gain all the information for the Product Knowledge section.
I have also just finished up the Firewall Roles and Policies section. I used the Campus VRD, and 6.1. UG. One thing that has really helped is the Command Reference Guide as its helped me to understand the different options with the commands. Implementing ACLs in Aruba OS seems to be the basis of this section, so should be your focus of study IMO.
I'll see what additional information I can come up with.
I did my part - studied and passed the ACMP. :)
Did the following to study:
I have a CWTS. That is a good start for anybody.
Please keep me on your list.
Awesome! Are you going to work with us next month for CWNA?
I now have an ACMP, ACCP, CWNA, and CWDP. I'm currently tackling the CWAP, and then the CWSP. My question for you Sean:
Do the professional endorsements for the CWNE need to come from other CWNEs?
I do not know if it HAS to be CWNEs but I do know that what i have seen the sponsors are CWNEs.
I will ask.
You have a great start for heading towards CWNE!
No, the professional endorsements don't need to be from CWNE's [but it doesn't hurt ;)].
We typically look for endorsements from management, or from another professional, who has seen your work and your process, and can vouch that you have the expertise and experience that we look for from our CWNE's.
Great question! Let us know if you have any others. :)
Thanks for the prompt response, and welcome to the forum.
Thanks! Happy to jump in. :)
count me in, bringing 10 plus years of sys admin exp, lets start Aruba now
Awesome!! Thanks. Yeah this month we are finishing up ACMA. If you go to the ACMA page you can see all that we have done.
isn't ACSP the first one to start..??
Yes but most of what is ACSP is in CWNA. We will be covering CWNA next month.
ok i admit i am new to online blog learning, do you have some step by step as what to do to come up to speed with you guys since i started late..the web site you send me is good information but i am still lost, can you put me in right direction..
Just click the certification at the top of the page for the month and see all the free training material available for that cert.
Love to learn New Idea's of the trade
I am in for the ACMP month. Have installed a couple of Instant and controller based networks for the past year and really want to pass my ACMP exam.
Great! We will be opening up the ACMP page soon.
Is the ACMA a pre-requisite to doing the ACMP or can you just bypass and do the ACMP?
This is excellent! One of the folks in my ACMA/ACMP bootcamp class directed me to this thread. I just got my ACMP this morning and I am planning on starting the CWNA track as well. I'll catch up to your schedule and help with the material!
Fantastic resource. Thanks for putting this together.
as it is 12/15 and i'm just reading your post
i'm wondering if you could share your study resources for the ACMA
there doesn't seem to be much out there without digging really deep and then it only scratches the surface