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Certification: NCSA
Certification Full Name: NetApp Certified Storage Associates
Certification Provider: Network Appliance

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NCSA Certification Info

Certification Overview

The NCSA certification, often known as the NetApp Certified Storage Associate certification can be termed as an opportunity for the candidates to exploit and extend data management and storage expertise in the field. Data management and storage are the major problems the top IT organizations are facing in the world today as velocity, variety and data volumes explode in the industry. The NCSA certification is a newer and entry-level certification with major impetus on providing the students with basic foundational familiarity about the storage technology and various products and services offered by NetApp and understanding about implementation on the Data ONTAP software by NetApp. NetApp offers various courses and training such as online and web based learning classes, hands - on experience in a lab environment and around 500 test vouchers to go with their NCSA certification exam. The course is going to provide you basic knowledge about NetApp products which will be including virtualization, industry, NetApp technologies, Management of ISCSI, CIFS and NFS environment on the Data ONTAP software.

Who may do this certification?

The course contains several parts and features before you go for the certification process. The various features are designed for various technical personnel in the industry. The Storage Fundamental feature in the course is targeted for partners and sales personnel who have the task of selling NetApp products and solutions. The second feature of the course, introduction of various NetApp products is intended for partners, employees and customers who are new to the NetApp services. The third feature of the course, NetApp administration and configuration basic is designed for customers, students of academic alliance and IT generalists etc. So, persons and professionals belonging to any of these fields must go for this course.


The NCSA certification by Network Appliances, short form NetApp, will provide you with rich benefits in your career throughout. In today's world, back-up and data storage are ranked as the second most highest priority for any IT organization, but more than 26% of firms are having concerns about insufficient staff and the insufficient training provided to them. This gap between the needs of IT department and the data storage across various organizations can provide the technical personnel with lots of career options in the future. The course is also provided free of cost for all the military personnel and veterans. Also, you will be getting the industry recognized NetApp certification documentation after the completion of the course. Besides this, you will have technical skills to store, protect and manage data.

Associated Exam

To go through and complete the NetApp Certified Storage Associate certification, you must first complete the exam NSO-145. The exam has mainly four major areas of concern i.e. Storage Fundamentals, NetApp products introduction, Virtualization Technology Fundamentals and NetApp administration and configuration basic. So, to get the certification process completed easily, get well accustomed to these major four areas.


The NCSA certification will require the basic knowledge and understanding of Storage Fundamentals and its related operations. The candidates must also be able to familiarize with the introduction the various NetApp products and services. A minimum of 6 months experience in this field is also required for this course.

Examination Overview

The examination will be testing you the four major areas mentioned above. The topics from these sections will include the following:

  1. Requirement of storage needs in a growing organization.
  2. Addressing the growing storage needs in an organization.
  3. Describing protocols, technology and components required in storage architecture.
  4. Describing the market trends and forecast in the industry.
  5. Explaining NetApp FAS Systems and Data ONTAP operating system for IT infrastructures.
  6. Advantage of E-Series storage to applications on SAN workloads.
  7. Building large repositories with NetApp storage grid.
  8. Understanding Data ONTAP operating system and its features.
  9. Managing snapshot copies and volume moves.

You will be acquiring skills such as configuring the data ONTAP OS, create SVMs, VIFs, virtual server etc. You will also be learning about NetApp products and services required in the organizations and mastering the same.

The exam for the certification will contain 65 questions and nearly 75 minutes will be provided to complete it. Minimum score of 80% is required to clear the test successfully.

Validity of the certification

NetApp certifications are valid for a period of 2 years. For renewing the certification, you must take the recertification process following the same procedure. The recertification will also help you develop your professional growth.

Expert Review

Today, employers are seeking scores in resume for every job and have potential to select from multiple skilled students. NetApp certification distinguishes you from such crowd and easily verifies you as the one who has mastered the skills in the field.

Mongu Zonaro, Amide Corporation

Accident, United States


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