HPE Certification Guide: Overview And Career Paths

HPE Certification Guide: Overview And Career Paths
By , Mary Kyle

HP recently rebranded most of its IT certifications as HPE certs and today offers credentials in big data, cloud computing, networking, security, storage, IT management and more.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a global provider of information technology products, software and services to consumers, small and medium-sized organizations, and enterprises. HP is perhaps best known as the leading manufacturer of PCs, but it also shines in the areas of server hardware, data storage, networking hardware, and printing and imaging products. The company was founded in 1939 by Bill Hewlett and David Packard, and today generates over $103 billion in net revenues. HP is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

In November 2015, HP spun off all enterprise-level products into a new corporate entity—namely, the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company (HPE). Most HP certifications have been rebranded as HPE certs, although you'll find many that still bear the HP designation in their names.

HPE offers a number of associate, professional, expert and master level certifications for individuals working with HP's cloud, big data, data center, IT management, operating systems, networking, security, server, storage, converged infrastructure and software products.

HPE Certification Program Overview

The HPE certification program technical/product path includes five main certification skill levels:

  1. Associate: HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA)
  2. Foundational: HPE Product Certified
  3. Professional: HPE Accredited Technical Professional (ATP)
  4. Expert: HPE Accredited Solutions Expert (ASE)
  5. Master: HPE Master ASE

The ATP, ASE and Master ASE levels offer certification paths in big data, data center and cloud computing, networking, IT management, operating systems, security, servers and storage. Each certification path offers two or more credentials. Below, we cover each of the certification levels in more detail.

The number of exams per certification varies. Depending on geography, exam prices are generally $100 to $200 USD for proctored exams. The fees for Web based exams (HPE2-xxx, HP2-xxx, HPE3-xxx and HP3-xxx) range from $20 to $100. Upgrade exams usually run $25 to $50 USD. Across the board, HPE training courses are recommended but not required.

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HPE Certification Levels

Associate Level: HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA)

The HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) is a beginning architect-level certification designed for individuals in academic and government training programs. More specifically, the HP ATA program helps candidates learn how to develop technology solutions based on business objectives to prepare them for real-world jobs.

ATA certifications focus on IT architect, IT for business, connected devices, networks, servers and storage, and cloud technologies. An ATA certification is the first step toward higher level certifications, from professional through master. With an ATA cert, individuals can pursue jobs such as support technician, network or system administrator, systems engineer and solution architect in small to medium-sized environments.

Foundation Level: HPE Product Certified

The HPE Product Certified credential is a foundation-level credential that targets professionals who recommend HPE products and can demonstrate them to customers. Typical job roles include technical engineers (presales and sales) and consultants. Demonstrated skills include knowledge of functions and key features, an understanding of product strengths and customer benefits, along with the ability to perform common tasks relating to product setup, installation and configuration.

Professional Level: HPE Accredited Technical Professional (HPE ATP)

The HPE Accredited Technical Professional (ATP) is aimed at individuals in small to mid-market environments who can design, architect, install and configure HPE network solutions. The skill set of an HPE ATP includes wireless technologies for data centers and large networks.

As of November 1, 2011, the ATP replaced the Accredited Integration Specialist (AIS) credential for the most part, but you might still see references to AIS for people who already acquired those certifications.

Expert Level: HPE Accredited Solutions Expert (HPE ASE)

An HPE ASE certification identifies individuals who design, architect, implement, manage and support global IT solutions. At this level, a credential holder typically works in a job such as IT architect, integrator or solutions experts. An ASE works with much more complex technologies than an ATP and often needs to juggle the details of a distributed environment.

Master Level: HPE Master Accredited Solutions Expert (Master ASE)

An HPE Master ASE credential is the top-shelf cert in the HPE certification program. A person who has achieved HP Master ASE certification is well versed in HP technologies and enterprise solutions, and can match them to IT business strategies to meet requirements. This individual is also capable of overseeing the implementation of complex solutions from the proposal stage through deployment in a production environment.

HPE Big Data Certifications

HPE's Big Data certification portfolio includes credentials that validate a candidate's ability to not only install and administer big data solutions but design solutions as well. Successful candidates are able to leverage HPE analytics software to turn data into insights and ultimately into strategic direction, enabling companies to more readily improve processes and identify and correct operational concerns. HPE's big data certs are focused on areas such as data protection and records management.

HPE's big data credentials include:

  • HPE ATP - Data Protector v9
  • HP ASE- IDOL v10
  • HP ATP - IDOL Server v10
  • HP ASE - Records Manager Administrator v8
  • HP ATP - Records Manager v8.x
  • HP ATP - Structured Data Manager v7
  • HP ASE - Vertica Big Data Solutions Administrator V1
  • HP ATP - Vertica Big Data Solutions V1

HPE Data Center And Cloud Certifications

HPE's Data Center and Cloud certifications focus mainly on understanding and meeting business requirements for data centers and cloud services. The lower level cert validates understanding of Helion-related solutions for data centers and the cloud, whereas upper level certs identify individuals who can integrate cloud services into existing data centers and architect converged infrastructures.

The certifications in the Data Center Cloud portfolio include:

  • HP Master ASE - Data Center and Cloud Architect V1
  • HPE ASE - Data Center and Cloud Architect V3
  • HPE ATP - Data Center and Cloud V2

HPE IT Management Certifications

The IT Management certification portfolio is focused on validating skills necessary to manage (administer, deploy, and use) IT management systems. The credential concentrates on four primary areas: application lifecycle management, automation and cloud management, business service management, and service and portfolio management. The certification portfolio for HPE IT Management is robust, and candidates will find credentials ranging from foundation to expert levels across the various concentrations. Here's what the IT Management certification portfolio includes:

Application Lifecycle Management:

  • HP ASE - Application Lifecycle Management Implementation v12
  • HP ATP - Application Lifecycle Management v12
  • HP ATP - LoadRunner v12
  • HP ATP - Unified Functional Testing v12

Automation and Cloud Management:

  • HP Master ASE - Software for Cloud Management v2
  • HP ASE - Operations Orchestration v10
  • HP ASE - Server Automation v10
  • HP ASE - Software for Cloud Management v2
  • HP ATP - Cloud Service Automation v4
  • HP ATP - Operations Orchestration v10
  • HP ATP - Server Automation v10

Business Service Management:

  • HP ASE - BSM Operations Manager for Linux/UNIX Implementations v9
  • HP ASE - Business Services Management v9
  • HP ATP - Network Node Manager I v10
  • HP ATP - Operations Manager I v10
  • HP ATP - Storage Essentials v9
  • HP AIS - BSM Platform and End User Management v9
  • HP AIS - SIteScope v11

Service and Portfolio Management:

  • HP ASE - Advanced UCMDB v10
  • HP ASE - Asset Manager Software Implementation v9
  • HP ASE - Project & Portfolio Management v9
  • HP ATP – Asset Manager v9
  • HP ATP – Configuration Management System (CMS) v10
  • HPE ATP – Service Anywhere v1
  • HP AIS – Project & Portfolio Management v9
  • HP AIS – Service Manager v9
  • HPE ASE - Service Manager Software Implementation v9

HPE Networking Certifications

The HPE Networking certifications identify individuals who can efficiently design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot networks based on SDN (software defined networking) and other emerging technologies. These networks range from simple local area networks to enterprise solutions in converged and cloud environments.

The certifications in this portfolio include:

  • HPE Master ASE - FlexNetwork Solutions V2
  • HP ASE - FlexNetwork Architect V2
  • HP ASE - FlexNetwork Integrator V1
  • HP ASE - SDN Application Developer V1
  • HP ATP - FlexNetwork Solutions V3
  • HP APS - Networking [2010]

HPE Operating Systems Certifications

The HPE Operating Systems certifications recognize individuals who are proficient in deploying, configuring, operating and managing HP servers running HP-UX, HPE NonStop or HPE OpenVMS. These certifications are geared toward enterprise environments.

The certifications in this category include:

  • HP ASE - HP-UX 11i v3 Administrator V1 
  • HP ATP - HP-UX 11i v3 Administrator V1

 In addition, candidates can achieve Certified Systems Engineer (CSE) in HP NonStop Kernel.

HPE Security Certifications

The HPE Security certifications are geared toward network administrators and protection specialists who can plan, deploy, configure and manage HP TippingPoint firewalls, ArcSight and Fortify solutions. Achieving HP's security certification validates a candidate's ability to protect an enterprise from advanced threats and manage risk. The certifications in this portfolio include the following:

ArcSight:

  • HP Master ASE - ArcSight Security V2
  • HP ASE - ArcSight Administrator v1
  • HP ASE - ArcSight Analyst V1
  • AP ASE - ArcSight Logger V1
  • HP ATP - ArcSight Security V1

Fortify:

  • HP ASE - Fortify Security V1
  • HP ATP - Fortify Security V1

TippingPoint:

  • HP ASE - TippingPoint Next Generation Firewall Security Products V2
  • HP ASE - TippingPoint Security V2

HPE Server Certifications

The HPE Servers certifications focus on HP ProLiant Generation 9 (Gen9) systems. Candidates must be able to plan, design, build, implement and manage HP server solutions as part of a converged infrastructure such as HPE OneView Management. HP ATP and ASE Server certs are available for solutions architecture, solutions integration, advanced server administration, BladeSystems, NonStop systems, and rack and tower solutions support. The Master ASE cert in this category is for Superdome 2 Server solutions architecture.

The Server certifications include:

  • HP Master ASE - Superdome 2 Server Solutions Architect V1
  • Master ASE - HP NonStop Solution Architect [2007]
  • Master ASE - HP NonStop Systems Support [2007]
  • HP ASE - ProLiant Server Solutions Integrator V2
  • HP ASE - Server Solutions Architect v2
  • ASE - HP NonStop Systems
  • HP ATP - Server Solutions V2
  • AIS - HP NonStop Systems
  • HP Product Certified - HP OneView 1.20

HPE Storage Certifications

The Storage certification portfolio offers relatively few certifications, all of which focus on HP storage solutions and integration. Because storage goes hand in hand with other technologies, candidates must also have knowledge of HPE ProLiant servers, HPE networking, pertinent HPE software solutions and HPE converged infrastructures.

The certifications in this category include:

  • HP Master ASE - Storage Solutions Architect V1
  • HP ASE - Storage Solutions Architect V1
  • HP ATP - Storage Solutions V1

HPE Sales And Industry Certifications

In addition to its IT certification portfolio, HPE offers certifications that target sales professionals as well as training for several industry certifications.

Sales certifications include two paths -- one focused on software sales (by technology area) and a second sales certification path for those interested in HPE services, solutions and IT transformation for either small, medium or enterprise businesses.

HPE Education Services also offers a number of different training solutions that prepare candidates for certification in other industry programs. Currently, HPE offers training programs for the following:

  • Linux: Includes LPIC-1, UNIX and Project Odyssey
  • Microsoft: Includes training for Private Cloud, Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and more
  • VMware: Includes training for vSphere V5.5 and 6.0, NSX, vSAN, vRealize, vCloud, Administration, View, vCenter and SRM
  • ITIL/ITSM:  Includes multiple training courses for Foundation, IT Service Management, Capability, Lifecycle, IT4IT, DevOps, ITSM, COBIT, ISO/IEC 20000, governance, TOGAF and more
  • Project Management: Includes multiple course from foundation to advanced levels; topics include courseware on managing projects, stakeholder relationships, leading, Agile projects, risk, communication, estimation, PMP bootcamp and more 

Climbing The HPE Certification Ladder

Whichever specialty path you choose, climbing HP's certification ladder can help you advance your career as you develop your skills and technical knowledge.

As an example, if you want to pursue HPE's Security certifications with ArcSight products, start with the HP ATP - ArcSight Security V1. It has no prerequisites and requires two exams: HP ArcSight Security Solutions (HP0-A100) and HP ArcSight ESM Security Administrator and Analyst (HP0-A116). From there, you can pursue one of the HPE ASE credentials: ArcSight Administrator V1 (ESM Advanced Administrator exam, HP0-M212P), ArcSight Analyst V1 (ESM Advanced Analyst exam, HP0-M213P) or ArcSight Logger V1 (Logger Administration and Operations exam, HP0-M211P). Each requires a single exam and there are no prerequisites. Finally, you can move on to the pinnacle credential: the HP Master ASE - ArcSight Security V2 credential. To obtain it, candidates must have passed the exam for the HP ASE - ArcSight Logger credential, and the exam for either the HP ASE - ArcSight Analyst or ArcSight Administrator credential.

A typical certification ladder for HPE Storage certifications is to start with the HP ATP - Storage Solutions cert, which requires passing a single exam: Foundations of HP Storage Solutions Exam HP0-J73. Then achieve the HP ASE - Storage Solutions Architect credential by passing three exams: Designing HP Backup Solutions Exam HP0-J63, Designing HP Enterprise Storage Solutions Exam HP0-J64 and Designing HP SAN Networking Solutions Exam HP0-J65. Finally, go for the HP Master ASE - Storage Solution Architect certification by passing Architecting Multi-site HP Storage Solutions Exam (HP0-J67) in addition to meeting other HP Master ASE requirements.

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