Preparing for the NCP Exam

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The most common question we get asked about the Nutanix Certified Professional (NCP) certification, is “How do I prepare for the exam?” We put together this quick guide to help point you in the right direction. We’ll update it regularly as new resources are developed, so you might want to bookmark this page.

Start with the Exam Blueprint
The NCP Exam Blueprint Guide is the number one resource when you are preparing for the exam. It details every knowledge and skills objective that will be covered on the exam. More critically to your study plan, it also provides several links for each objective to support documentation, white papers, ebooks, and more where you can find more information.

As you are reviewing the Exam Blueprint Guide, keep in mind that you may not need to dive deep into every topic – especially if you work with Nutanix on a daily basis. A good first step is to review each objective and ask yourself if you could explain it clearly and concisely to a new co-worker. If so, you probably don’t need to spend as much time studying that information.

Formal Training
If you don’t currently work in a Nutanix environment, then you’ll want to gain hands-on practice another way, and training is an excellent way to do just that. The Enterprise Cloud Administration course covers all of the tasks Nutanix administrators perform, including configuring and maintaining a Nutanix environment. While it does not teach directly to the exam, it does cover the core concepts and technologies covered on the exam.
· Instructor-led class schedule
· Free online version

The Nutanix training team has created hundreds of videos on our technology and solutions to supplement the more formal courses, and also to highlight specific features and functions. We compiled the ones that are related to topics on the NCP exam in a single playlist on YouTube.
· Prepare for NCP Certification Playlist

General Test Taking Advice
For some people the technical content is not a concern, but they are uncomfortable with the exam experience itself. Or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve had to create and follow a study plan. These articles can give you advice on how to meet these concerns head on.
· Three Simple Ways to Prepare for a Certification Exam
· 10 Certification Exam Tips and Tricks from the Experts
· Test Taking Strategies and Study Strategies for Certification Exams

Did we miss anything? Post your advice for people preparing for the exam in the comments below.

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Is very important the labs and practices
ENC 5.5 Online course will be a good start
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Cover the material multiple times, and do it in random order.
I for NCP prepared on Also yo can take online ECA course
Study right before going to bed and re-run through your notes or guides in the morning. Pound caffeine.
Online lab exercise will be nice
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Don't rush it. Read, digest, re-read.
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Take notes of all key topics and revisit them gain and again.
Nu school and certificate is so make me profesionnal
read blue print exam ... and study hard ...
Always read and Read. Then apply what you read then understand .Take the NCA course
Study hard and read Nutanix Bible
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Learn by doing. Use the community edition to learn the interfaces
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Learn some Linux CLI basic commands, get comfortable with navigating around the CVM's this way. It'll come in handy when there are issues!
ake the NCA Course and get some basic knowledge running CE version.
Also walkthrough the Nutanix Bible for more in depth knowledge!