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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ake the NCA Course and get some basic knowledge running CE version.
Also walkthrough the Nutanix Bible for more in depth knowledge!
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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!
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Learn by doing. Use the community edition to learn the interfaces
Study hard and read Nutanix Bible
Always read and Read. Then apply what you read then understand .Take the NCA course
read blue print exam ... and study hard ...
Nu school and certificate is so make me profesionnal
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Take notes of all key topics and revisit them gain and again.
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Don't rush it. Read, digest, re-read.
Online lab exercise will be nice
Study right before going to bed and re-run through your notes or guides in the morning. Pound caffeine.
I for NCP prepared on Also yo can take online ECA course
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Cover the material multiple times, and do it in random order.
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ENC 5.5 Online course will be a good start
Is very important the labs and practices
Virtual labs! Hands on experience is the best experience in my book!
Complete the course ECA 5.5 and practice in Nutanix Demo portal
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I have not sat a Nutanix Exam before but have sat a whole bunch of VMware, Microsoft and other vendor exams. My top tips:

  1. Always learn the "vendor" way of doing something (there is always more than one way, but only the right way will get you the credit on the exam.
  2. Always read the white papers relating to the technology being used, they often contain more information that any training can provide and are often used as a bank of information for exam questions!
  3. Practice, Practice,Practice practical exam goals (did I mention Pratice 🙂 )
  4. Join blogs with other exam like-minded people; they are often the best source of info,.
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  • Read note and watch video on NU.School.
  • Walkthrough the Nutanix Bible
  • Intall Nutanix CE
Install Nested Nutanix CE in VMware vSphere ESXi with 4 VMs AOS to create a cluster of 4 nodes. This will allow to test practically all the functionality of a real cluster and study for the application of the exam.
Take the ECA Course in and try a demo lab to experience Prism interface
Review ECA Course in nu,school and read Nutanix Bible
Review Nutanix Bible
Check out the videos, read thoroughly, and focus on the features.
It is really helpful, if we can access test lab and practice exam questions.