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New equivalent of ACEP?

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  • 1.  New equivalent of ACEP?

    Posted Jul 06, 2023 09:17 AM

    Hi all - I am hoping to complete the requirements for the ACEP soon (mobility, switching, and design), having begun a couple of years ago, and am a little disappointed to see that it is being retired soon, and I can't see an obvious replacement. Is there one?

    I was eager to pursue the ACEP for a few reasons:

    • It allows flexibility in selecting the 3 most relevant technologies for your needs
    • Once you have achieved it, only a single exam is required every 3 years to recertify all of the constituent ones

    However once the ACEP is gone, I don't see an equivalent in the rest of the line-up. I mean, the Campus Access Professional looks like it overlaps with both the Mobility and Switching tracks (but perhaps not Design), but presumably it doesn't have the same depth / detail as it is a single exam, rather than requiring 3 exams to initially obtain the cert. So it seems like a step down. Equally, it doesn't look like achieving the ACEP now will count for anything in the future (eg as a prerequisite towards migrating to one of the newer certs). Am I missing something? What is the expected cert path to progress from ACEP once it is no longer available?

  • 2.  RE: New equivalent of ACEP?
    Best Answer

    Posted Jul 06, 2023 11:43 AM

    The idea of the new certification is that is removes the product silo's and delivers something equivalent to what ACEP did in the past: demonstrate that someone can integrate multiple products into a complete solution.

    Some more info in the migration document, and how existing Edge Certifications are covered.

    Most people I spoke with that took the new Aruba Certifications do like it because it also covers technology in general versus just products & configuration. Maybe if you have gone through you have a different opinion. Anyhow, I believe (but can't find the details) that if you complete either 3 AC*P exams or 2 AX*P and one ACP exam before end of October 2023, you will be awarded Edge Professional for life.

    Herman Robers
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  • 3.  RE: New equivalent of ACEP?

    Posted Jul 06, 2023 03:36 PM

    Thanks a lot, I hadn't previously seen those articles you linked to. Sounds a lot more promising than I was thinking!

    Also I noticed at the bottom of the second article it says "HPE Aruba Networking will announce a new recognition program to acknowledge those with multiple HPE Aruba Networking certifications in Fall 2023", suggesting that there may be something else coming soon that covers that aspect too.

  • 4.  RE: New equivalent of ACEP?

    Posted Aug 10, 2023 04:15 PM

    Just thought I'd post a follow-up, having now achieved the ACEP, specifically in regards to:

    "Most people I spoke with that took the new Aruba Certifications do like it because it also covers technology in general versus just products & configuration".

    I can certainly appreciate that would result in the new certifications being more well-rounded in general, and better suited for many people. Although in my particular case I'd like to think I already know most of the underlying technology (CCIE plus 15 years of experience). My goal was just to learn the Aruba-specific implementation details (ie the "products & configuration"), which were new to me, so was quite happy that was the main focus of the older exams.