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Brocade Education FAQs

What is the Brocade Certification program?

The Brocade Certification program enables you to demonstrate your expertise and be formally recognized for implementing Brocade industry-leading network technology. Brocade offers certifications designed to meet organizational and individual career goals. Our certifications also measure your proficiency in selling and supporting network solutions and in increasing customer satisfaction.

What is the Brocade Accreditation program?

The Brocade Accreditation program augments the Brocade Certification program, enabling professionals to demonstrate their knowledge in specific areas of expertise. Accreditations are introductory, product, or topic-specific. After you complete a course, you can take the corresponding accreditation exam, available online.

Who should get a Brocade credential?

Brocade Certification and Accreditation programs are open to anyone seeking to validate their SAN, IP, Ethernet Fabric, Software Networking, or FICON skills. They help you maintain your competitive edge and offer a best practices-based understanding of how to use and maintain our products. 

Who delivers the Brocade Certification exams?

Pearson VUE administers and proctors in-person Brocade certification exams around the world. You can create a profile on the Pearson VUE website. After locating a testing center near you, you can register for an exam from the list provided.

Who delivers the Brocade Accreditation exams?

Certifior administers and proctors online Brocade accreditation exams. Accreditation candidates can create a profile on Certifior.

Do Brocade credentials expire?

Although Brocade credentials do not expire or require re-certification, we strongly encourage you to refresh your skills regularly. As new products and technologies are introduced, we update our curriculum and certification programs. Keeping your credentials up to date protects the market value of your certifications over time. 

What is the cost of an exam?

Certification exams cost USD $150 per attempt. Pearson VUE accepts payment in major world currencies, by credit card, promotional code, or voucher.

Accreditation exams cost USD $20. Certifior accepts payment by credit card.

What is the exam re-take policy?

If you do not successfully pass an exam required to achieve a Brocade certification for a credential on your initial attempt there is no waiting period before attempting the exam a second time. For third and subsequent attempts there is a minimum 14 day waiting period from the date of the failed attempt, before attempting the exam again. For Accreditation exams, there is no waiting between attempts. Once a certification exam has been taken and passed, it cannot be taken again.

How do I find information about an exam and its objectives?

Detailed exam information is available on on the Certification and Accreditation pages. There is an individual page for each exam which lists the passing score, number of items on the exam, time limit, exam objectives, training (Prerequisites), links to additional study materials and a practice exam if available, and a link to register for the exam.

Please note that if you are interested in Brocade courses and curriculum paths, you can find more information in the specific technology sections of the Plan Your Curriculum page.

What is the Brocade privacy policy regarding exam results and candidate information?

Brocade has the utmost respect for your confidentiality and privacy. Exam results and personal information are confidential with the exception for their use for internal administrative purposes. Brocade does not disclose them to anyone other than you, unless you have chosen to “opt-in” or if you have provided expressed written consent. Your exam results and candidate information include pass/fail status, exam scores, and the certifications and accreditations you currently hold. We respect your confidentiality and privacy. You may access your records online at Certmetrics and “opt-out” at any time if you do not wish to share your information.

Is there an NDA or Brocade Certification Program Candidate Agreement?

Yes, there are both. For all active certification exams published before March 11, 2016, candidates must agree to the terms of the Brocade non-disclosure agreement (NDA) before the certification exam will launch. You may review the NDA and the terms and conditions here.

For all certification exams published on March 11, 2016 and later, you must agree to the Brocade Certification Program Candidate Agreement (BCPCA) terms and conditions before the certification exam will launch. The updated BCPCA is being implemented as an improved security measure. You may review the BCPCA here.

What is provisional scoring and why is Brocade implementing it?

Provisional scoring applies only to a passing score. The passing score is provisional while the results undergo further statistical analysis to determine if they are in compliance with the Brocade Certification Program Candidate Agreement or if results are outside an acceptable statistical range. Brocade is implementing provisional scoring to proactively increase security and protect the intellectual property of its exams.

When will provisional scoring begin?

Brocade is implementing provisional scoring for all new certifications exams published from March 11, 2016 on. Provisional scoring does not apply to certification exams released prior to March 11, 2016 or to accreditation exams.

What happens if after further statistical analysis, my results are determined to violate the Brocade Certification Program Candidate Agreement or are outside an acceptable statistical range?

Your results will be reviewed individually. If after the review, the results indicate that Brocade cannot prove with certainty that you have demonstrated valid measures of your ability as sampled by the exam, your test results will be invalidated and you will be notified by e-mail of further action. Using cheat site material can result in being permanently banned from the Brocade Certification Program.

How long will it take for my results to appear in my CertMetrics account?

If you have failed an exam the results will appear in CertMetrics in two to three business days as they always have. If you receive a provisional pass for a certification exam and after the additional statistical analyses, it is determined that your results are normal, they will appear in CertMetrics in two to three business days as they always have. If your results do not pass the additional analyses, you will be notified by e-mail of further action.

What will my certification score report indicate?

If you have failed the exam, the score report will indicate the failure. If you have a provisional pass, the score report will say “Provisional Pass.”

If my results pass the additional analyses will I receive an updated score report?

No. Your results will be indicated in CertMetrics and you will be able to download the credential associated with the exam. We do not number our certificates, but we do list a verification code and URL on each one.

Why is Brocade Education changing from Kryterion/Webassessor to Certifior?

This change supports the Brocade Education Certification Program transition to a simplified certification program. More information on the strategy to a simplified certification program will be announced Q3’16.

When is the last day I can take an accreditation exam through Kryterion/Webassessor?

The last day to download and complete an accreditation exam through Kryterion/Webassessor will be June 30, 2016.

What happens to my Kryterion/Webassessor exams “in process” if I do not complete by June 30, 2016?

Any exams in process will be voided. You will have to re-register for and pay for the exam again in Certifior. There will be a two-week moratorium (July 1-July 14) for accreditation exam access to allow time for the transition from Kryterion/Webassessor to Certifior.

When will my access to Certifior begin?

Certifior access begins on July 15, 2016 and you will no longer have access to Kryterion/Webassessor.

When and where will I be able to take Brocade accreditation exams?

The new Certifior/Brocade links will go live on the website on July 15, 2016. You will be able to login to Certifior/Brocade; create your Certifior account; register for and complete accreditation exams.

Will the cost of the accreditation exams change?

The global cost of accreditation exams will remain at $20 USD.

Will my test results still go to CertMetrics?

Yes, Your test results will be exported to CertMetrics and added to your CertMetrics account.

How long will it take before I see my test results in CertMetrics?

You will see your results in CertMetrics within three business days.

Who do I contact if I have questions or difficulties registering on Certifior/Brocade?

Where do I find my Brocade ID?

Your BRCD ID will be sent to you in an email from You can also find your BRCD ID in your online Pearson VUE profile, or by sending an email to Your BRCD ID is unique to you, and it should not be shared with or used by others.

Updated Certification Program – Coming November 2016: Why did Brocade Education develop a new certification program?

Brocade Education built an updated best-in-class certification program to more closely align to Brocade technology areas. The new program is streamlined with clearly defined certification tracks organized by job role and proficiency level. This structure ensures that individuals learn the skills that are most relevant to their job.

The updated certification program is based upon the results of a series of workshops from all Brocade stakeholders. New systems are being implemented for ease of exam development and management. Processes are being updated to improve exam security and protect Brocade intellectual property. The purpose of this document is to answer questions about this transition.

When does the new Brocade Certification Program begin?

The new certification program will go into effect on November 1, 2016. This summer eight exams are being updated and most of which will launch on November 1, 2016. The updated exams will replace current exams. The replaced exams will be retired.

Which current exams, certifications, and accreditations will retire on November 1, 2016?

Exams, Certifications and Accreditations retiring on November 1, 2016

Exam Number




Brocade Certified Fabric Professional Gen 5

BCFP Gen 5


Brocade Certified Fabric Administrator Gen 5

BCFA Gen 5


Brocade Certified Layer 4-7 Engineer 2010



Brocade Certified Layer 4-7 Professional 2010



Brocade Certified Ethernet Fabric Professional 2015

BCEFP 2015


Brocade Certified vRouter Engineer 2013



Brocade Certified vRouter Professional 2013



Brocade Distinguished Architect



Brocade Accredited Technical Support Specialist



Brocade Accredited Internetworking Specialist



Brocade Accredited Data Center Specialist



Brocade Accredited FICON Specialist



Brocade Accredited FCoE Specialist



Brocade Accredited Network Advisor Specialist



Brocade Accredited Ethernet Fabric Specialist



Brocade Accredited Fabric Resiliency Specialist



Brocade Accredited Ethernet Fabric Support Specialist



Exams, Certifications to be updated in FY17

Exam Number




Brocade Certified Architect for FICON




Accreditations and Certifications remaining in the new Brocade Certification Program

Exam Number




Brocade Certified Fabric Designer Gen 5*

BCFD Gen 5


Brocade Professional vADC Administrator 2016

BPvADCA 2016


Brocade Professional IP Administrator 2016

BPIPA 2016


Brocade Accredited vRouter Implementer



Brocade Accredited IP Storage Network Administrator


*Exam and certification will be rebranded to Brocade Professional Fabric Designer Gen 5

What happens to the current certification program?

The current certification program becomes inactive.

What happens to my BDA credential?

The BDA credential will never expire. It remains a culminating credential for Brocade.

Will there be a new BDA in the new program?

There will be a new culminating credential called the Brocade Distinguished Master (BDM). Refer to the Brocade Certification Program Guide for details.

How is the new certification program different from the current certification program?

The new certification is technology track-based and organized by 4 major job roles and 3 proficiency levels with a Master credential for each technology area. The job roles are Designer/Architect, Implementer, Administrator, and Support. The proficiency levels are Associate (foundational), Professional (intermediate), Expert (expert) and Master.

Refer to the Brocade Certification Program Guide for details.

How can I track my credentials?

Log into CertMetrics with your BRCD ID. If you are a first-time user, you should follow the instructions in the “welcome” announcement email. After you have logged in, you can download your logo and certificate, show your crediential in LinkedIn, and update your profile information with the exception of your name. Should you need a name change send an email to You can also contact to update your email address.

What is the easiest way to search for upcoming training offerings?

Locate a course you’re interested in from our Plan Your Curriculum section.   

How do I create a MyBrocade profile if I am a new user?

  1. Click Register Now from the MyBrocade login page and complete the account creation process.
  2. Log in to MyBrocade, then select Brocade Training link. The system will prompt you to create an education account. Please use the same e-mail address you used when setting up your MyBrocade account.

How do I access my in-progress web-based training?

  1. Log into Brocade Training portal on MyBrocade and go to In-Progress Web-Based Training.
  2. Select Transcript > View Your Transcript. If not already selected, select Active from the first pull-down menu.
  3. All incomplete courses will be listed.

How do I find an Authorized Training Partner in my region?

Visit the Authorized Training Partner page to begin your search.

Why is the web-based training course content window blank or empty?

Please verify that the IE8 Security settings for the “Display mixed content” property is set to Enable as follows:

1.     From Internet Explorer, select Tools > Internet Options.

2.     Select the Security tab. 

3.     Select the “Internet” zone and click the Custom Level button. 

4.     Scroll down to Miscellaneous and locate the “Display mixed content” property. 

5.     Select the Enable radio button and click OK.

6.     On the Security tab, click OK to save the changes.

Note: If you cannot change the “Display mixed content” setting in IE8, please use another web browser such as Firefox 3.5 or higher.

How do I find a training course in the Brocade Training portal?

From your Brocade Training home page, select Catalog > Browse for Training. The system will display all available online courses. You can use the filters on the left to limit the list by subject or by course type.  You can also enter a specific search term in the search window in the upper right of the screen.

How do I print a web-based course completion certificate?

  1. From your Brocade Training home page, select Transcript > View Your Transcript.
  2. Select Completed from the first pull-down menu.
  3. Find the course you want a certificate for. Next to the Open Curriculum or Launch button, click the down-arrow and select Training Details.
  4. Click on Print Certificate.

How do I re-review course materials of a completed web-based course?

  1. From your Brocade Training home page, select Transcript > View Your Transcript.
  2. Select Completed from the first pull-down menu.
  3. Click Launch to restart the course.

What forms of payment do you accept for Brocade University courses?

Brocade accepts American Express, MasterCard, and Visa for web-based training only.

We accept payment for instructor-led and virtual offerings in Training Units. Each unit is valued at $100 and can be redeemed through any Brocade Authorized Training Partner. Please contact your sales representative to purchase Training Units.

Brocade also accepts wire transfers as payment for instructor-led or online courses.  Please contact Brocade University for bank remittance details.
Please fax purchase orders directly to Brocade at (408) 333-3816.

What is the Brocade course cancellation policy?

Each Brocade Authorized Training Partner has a separate cancellation policy. Contact the partner for their policy. For a list of partners, click here.
Because Brocade web-based training classes are available 24/7, Brocade does not allow you to cancel individual classes.

How do I create a MyBrocade profile if I am a new user?

  1. Click Register Now from the MyBrocade login page and complete the account creation process.
  2. Log in to MyBrocade, then select Brocade Training link. The system will prompt you to create an education account. Please use the same e-mail address you used when setting up your MyBrocade account.

For more information about Brocade University, please email