VMware IT Academy – Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cost to my college or teaching institution?
There is no cost to join or use VMware courseware, software or support forums. Schools may purchase course book kits directly from VMware’s content partner leveraging VMware’s economy of scale.
What content can I teach?
VMware IT Academy offerings match our commercial offerings. For detailed descriptions of courses, see:
What are the eligibility requirements?
Degree granting 2 or 4 year schools may participate.
Can schools participate in the eLearning part of the program only?
Yes, schools may choose to participate in either the eLearning, the Instructor Led VMware IT Academy Program or both.
Are there requirements on how often courses must be run?
No, schools may choose how often and when to run courses.
Is there a time limit for preparing to teach Instructor Led Courses?
No, school instructors may prepare at their own pace.
Do VMware IT Academy Instructors become VMware Certified Instructors (VCI)?
No. The VCI credential only applies to VMware’s commercial training program and organization. School instructors have the designation of VMware IT Academy Instructor.
Do VMware IT Academy Instructors obtain use of a logo?
Yes, a logo is available for VMware IT Academy Instructors as well as a logo for the school.
Do VMware IT Academy schools receive a certificate?
Yes, a printable is provided that may be framed and displayed by the school is provided via a pdf file.
What is the running time of a VMware course?
This is up to the school based on their academic calendar, but no more than 12 hours of instruction may be presented on a given course in a week. See: http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/partners/academic/VMware-IT-Academy-Program-Guide.pdf
Are the courses proven in a teaching environment?
Yes, the content offered for academies is the same as our VMware commercial training program. These courses were developed around specific job roles and taught by several hundred instructors internationally. There are also a large number of participating academies around the world.
How do I choose between eLearning and Instructor led training?
This is a choice that a school makes based on their curriculum needs. eLearning requires a lower commitment in time and resources from your academy, but does not currently qualify students to become VMware Certified. ILT will qualify your students to take VMware Certification examinations requiring class attendance and potentially become VMware Certified.
Who else is participating in the VMware IT Academy Program?
The VMware IT Academy program is offered to degree granting schools who wish to teach virtualization courses. What does VMware offer for a more research focused institution?
The VMware Academic Program coordinates engagement and collaboration between VMware and research institutions. It offers a number of programs to support research initiatives, including research funding, lab affiliate program membership, graduate fellowships and conference sponsorship.
What level within my educational organization can qualify to sign up my institution?
An authorized employee may apply on behalf of the school.
How do I sign up for ILT?
Go to the VMware IT Academy Registration page and complete the form. You will be contacted within 7 US business days advising of the status of your application and next steps.
I want my students to graduate with a VMware Certified Professional qualification, which program should I sign up for?
Only the ILT programs qualify a student to become VMware Certified. eLearning is recommended as a supplement for the instructor led training to help students prepare for the exam, but will not qualify a student to become VMware Certified.
Becoming an Academy Instructor
What is the process to become a VMware IT Academy Instructor?
The VMware IT Academy Program Coordinator for the school enrolls the instructor and requests access to teaching resources for the instructor.
How do I access training materials for instructors?
Once you meet the VMware IT Academy Program requirements, you will be given access to the courseware, labs and software necessary to teach. Details found in the VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides.
How can I access hardware for my own use as an instructor-in-training?
Use the hardware you are going to use to teach. Temporary access to a remote lab environment may also be provided by VMware in cooperation with NDG http://www.netdevgroup.com/content/vmita/.
What resources does VMware provide to support my training?
VMware commercial instructors and IT Academy instructors around the world use confidential forums on the VMware Communities web site. The VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides are located here. Instructors are offered access during the process of becoming a VMware IT Academy Instructor.
What formal qualifications are required if I am to teach a VMware IT Academy course?
None. For some courses, VMware may require instructors pass a VMware Certification exam that corresponds to the VMware course they wish to teach. Details found in the VMware IT Academy Program online **User Guides.
**Secured resource. Only vITA program participants can access.
Can an instructor obtain a discounted VMware Certification exam?
Yes. Instructors for a VMware IT Academy school can receive a voucher code for a 70% discount. Details found in the VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides.
When do I gain access to teaching resources?
You get full access after you complete the authorization process to teach the VMware course as a VMware IT Academy Instructor.
How do I obtain and maintain valid licenses for my classroom?
All VMware software licenses will be provided at no cost for teaching VMware IT Academy courses at participating institutions.
How do students obtain course manuals?
Each student will need their own books or ‘Student Kit’ provided by VMware’s content partner, Gilmore Global. eBooks are available for selected courses. Students may purchase eBooks directly from a Gilmore Global website.
Printed course manuals are ordered by the school bookstore or similar organization, and sold or redistributed to students.
Gilmore produces printed course material using a ‘just in time’ printing method where they print on demand assuring that students always obtain the latest update. Schools order a few weeks in advance to take advantage of the lowest shipping price possible. The buy/sell relationship is between the school and Gilmore.
How is a VMware IT Academy Program class at my school recognized by VMware?
The class is created in the VMware Education’s database system (myLearn). Details found in the VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides.
How do students register in a VMware IT Academy Program class at my school?
The instructor guides the students to VMware Education’s database system (myLearn) and the specific class instance and the students register themselves in the class. Details found in the VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides.
Can a student receive a discounted VMware Certification exam?
Yes. After the student successfully completes a VMware IT Academy class, the student can receive a 70% discount code from the instructor. Details found in the VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides.
The student then redeems the voucher by registering for an exam via Pearson VUE website
The student will first need to register for an account on the Pearson VUE website if you have not taken an exam with them before.
Note: At the URL above, select VMware Exam, and “Create a web account” at the sign in box. Pearson VUE will email your log in details to you within the specified time period (usually one working day).
Support and Progress
What is a VMware IT Academy Program Coordinator?
The person who enrolls a school organization in the VMware IT Academy Program becomes the Coordinator for that school organization. The Coordinator defines the other people that are part of the VMware IT Academy Program at their school organization.
What are the VMware IT Academy Program online **User Guides?
The online User Guides contain the processes and procedures to participate in the VMware IT Academy Program. The online User Guides are located in a confidential area of the VMware Communities web site. All VMware IT Academy Program participants are offered access during the process of becoming a VMware IT Academy Coordinator or Instructor.
**Secured resource. Only vITA program participants can access.
What are VMware IT Academy Program Support Centers?
Some VMware IT Academy Program schools act as “Support Centers” for other schools. Your school can engage one of these schools for support and training. Contact information is found in the VMware IT Academy Program online User Guides.
Where can I turn for help with technical problems in the teaching environment?
In addition to getting assistance from VMware IT Academy Program Support Centers, IT Academy instructors around the world use a confidential area of the VMware Communities web site. IT Academy Instructors may post questions and the community of VMware commercial instructors and IT Academy instructors usually responds quickly with answers.
Where can I turn for help with VMware course content questions?
In addition to getting assistance from VMware IT Academy Program Support Centers, IT Academy instructors around the world use a confidential area of the VMware Communities web site. IT Academy Instructors may post questions and the community of VMware commercial instructors and IT Academy instructors usually responds quickly with answers. VMware course posts are arranged by course name, then modules.
Where can I find examples of Syllabus structures other colleges have used to incorporate VMware courses into their degree or diploma programs?
Search the VMware Technology Network, VMTN, as some trainers have posted examples of their Syllabus.
Is there any ongoing assessment of the college as a VMware IT Academy?
VMware will use the following metrics to determine how the program moves forward: # of students participating over time; # of students completing certifications over time; Quality Ratings ≥ Commercial Scores as measured by student feedback scores; Academy members and student direct program feedback.