The Riverbed Certified Solutions Associate – NPM certification is granted to individuals who demonstrate advanced knowledge and experience with the Riverbed SteelCentral product suite. The typical RCSA-NPM will have taken a Riverbed approved training class such as the NPM200 Performance Monitoring Essentials, the Transaction Analyzer and the AppResponse Online training courses in addition to having hands-on experience in performing deployment, troubleshooting, and maintenance of Riverbed SteelCentral products in small, medium, and large organizations. While there are no set requirements prior to taking the exam, candidates who have taken a Riverbed authorized training class and have at least three months of hands-on experience with SteelCentral products have a significantly higher chance of receiving the certification.
We would like to emphasize that solely taking the class will not adequately prepare you for the exam.
To obtain the RCSA-NPM certification, you are required to pass a computerized exam available at any Pearson VUE testing center worldwide.
Benefits of Certification
- Establishes your credibility as a knowledgeable and capable individual in regard to Riverbed SteelCentral products and services.
- May help to improve your career advancement potential.
- Entitles you to use the RCSA-NPM certification logo on your business card.
- Exam Number: 201-01
- Exam Name: Riverbed Certified Solutions Associate – NPM
- Product Version: Please refer to the ‘Study and Resource References’ section for detail.
- Number of Questions: 60
- Total Time: 75 minutes for exam, 15 minutes for Survey and Tutorial (90 minutes total)
- Exam Provider: Pearson VUE
- Exam Language: English only. Pearson automatically provides a 30-minute time extension for English exams taken in non-English speaking countries. English speaking countries are Australia, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa, and the United States.
- Special Accommodations: Yes (must submit written request to Pearson VUE for English as a Second Language (ESL) or ADA accommodations; includes time extensions and/or a reader)
- Offered Locations: Worldwide (over 4000 test centers in 165 countries)
- Prerequisites: None (although taking a Riverbed training class is highly recommended)
- Available to: Everyone (partners, customers, and employees)
- Passing Score: 70%
- Certification Expires: Every two years (must recertify every two years, with six month grace period)
- Recertification Criteria: Retake the 201-01 – RCSA-NPM current exam. If you are RCSA-NPM certified, taking the 299-01 – RCSP-NPM exam will re-certify both your RCSA-NPM and the RCSP-NPM.
- Wait Between Failed Attempts: 72 hours
- Cost: $150.00 (USD)
- Number of Attempts Allowed: Unlimited
As the RCSA-NPM exam is geared towards individuals who have both the theoretical knowledge and hands on experience with the Riverbed SteelCentral product suite, ensuring proficiency in both areas is crucial towards passing the exam. For individuals starting out with the process, we recommend the following steps to guide you along the way:
- Building Theoretical Knowledge
The easiest way to become knowledgeable in deploying, maintaining, and troubleshooting the Riverbed SteelCentral product suite is to take a Riverbed authorized training class. To ensure the greatest possibility of passing the exam, it is recommended that you review the RCSA-NPM Blueprint and Study Reference and ensure your familiarity with all topics listed, prior to any examination attempts.
- Gaining Hands-on Experience
While the theoretical knowledge will get you partway there, it is the hands-on knowledge that can get you over the top and enable you to pass the exam. Since all deployments are different, providing an exact amount of experience required is difficult. Generally, we recommend that resellers and partners perform at least five deployments in a variety of technologies prior to attempting the exam. For customers, and alternatively for resellers and partners, starting from the design and deployment phase and having at least three months ofactive hands-on experience in a production environment would be beneficial.