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This course offers customers an introduction to SolarWinds Backup, focusing on configuring the backup technology, taking backups, data restoration and data security. It is a great primer and will get you up to speed quickly on SolarWinds Backup.
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Solarwinds Certified Professional

Solarwinds Certified Professional

SolarWinds Certified Professional Program 


SolarWinds Academy will soon feature the industry’s first subscription-based professional certification program - the SolarWinds Certified Professional (SCP)  - with NPM and SAM being the first certifications available.


Becoming a SolarWinds Certified Professional ensures that you have the technical expertise to effectively use and maintain SolarWinds network and systems management products.  


  • This certification builds on the foundation of our global network of more than 5,500 SCPs and focuses more broadly on enabling effective use of SolarWinds network and systems management products.
  • The revamped program provides access to exclusive webcasts, training courses and quarterly live events.
  • SolarWinds collaborated with outside companies to provide SCP preparation courses in order to offer you comprehensive classes that prepare you to be a successful SCP candidate.
  • Certification is conducted by PSI’s examination delivery services.  This means SCP candidates can access examinations from any web browser and utilize PSI’s proprietary remote proctoring technology, which allows for anywhere, anytime testing, with integrity.



(Q)  Who should participate in the SCP exam?

(A)  SCP exam candidates are IT professionals looking to demonstrate that they have the skills needed to manage networks effectively using SolarWinds products. These IT professionals have hands-on experience completing day-to-day operational tasks needed to support network management.


SolarWinds recommends that a candidate have at a minimum:

  • 1+ year experience in a technical role, working in network management or engineering
  • 6+ months of on-the-job experience working with the SolarWinds products


IT professionals must also have familiarity with the technology and processes related to SolarWinds features for example, but not limited to, Perfstack, NetPath, Appstack.

(Q)  How does the SCP certification benefit me??

(A)  With over 250,000 customers worldwide, SolarWinds’ products are fast becoming the go-to solution for all things IT. Businesses who use our network management products need professionals who can proactively manage their IT environments.


SolarWinds is a brand that businesses large and small recognize and trust. Whether you want to advance your career or to stand out to potential employers, professionals who hold an SCP certificate prove they have the competency needed to manage IT infrastructures using SolarWinds’ products.

An SCP certificate is proof that businesses can rely on you to use SolarWinds tools to monitor their network health and resolve issues. This certificate allows you to supplement your knowledge and qualifications to improve your marketability as a network professional and stand out from the crowd.

(Q)  How long does my certification last?

(A)  To maintain our position as the leader in IT management, SolarWinds constantly develops our products to guarantee our software is on point to meet the most important problems that IT pros, MSPs, and DevOps engineers have today.
To ensure professionals who hold a SolarWinds Certified Professional certificate stay up-to-date with the latest product features and evolving network management tools, after you pass a product exam your certification is valid as long as you maintain your SCP subscription and attend SCP refresher training. If you do not maintain an active subscription and attend training, your certification expires 3 years from date of issue.


(Q)  How much does the exam cost?

(A)  To provide more value to examinees and to encourage continuing education, the SolarWinds product exam fee includes a subscription plan that offers access to exclusive SCP webcasts, training, and quarterly live events.


First Year

  • Product exam + 1 retake
  • SCP webcasts
  • SCP online training 
  • SCP invitations to live events
  • SCP study hours with SolarWinds experts
  • Access to select GNS3 courses
  • If you are under active maintenance, you are recognized as an SCP member within the support system and provided an enhanced support experience 

$200 annually

Subsequent Year(s)

  • Additional product exam + 1 retake
  • Loyalty recognition
  • SCP webcasts
  • SCP online training
  • SCP invitations to live events
  • SCP study hours with SolarWinds experts
  • Access to select GNS3 courses
  • If you are under active maintenance, you are recognized as an SCP member within the support system and provided an enhanced support experience 

$200 annually

  • You can purchase multiple exams in any year for an additional $200 fee.
  • There is no single exam option. SolarWinds created the subscription model to encourage examinees to use the SCP training resources to continue their learning and to have access to the SCP community. 


(Q)  How do I schedule an exam?
(A)  SolarWinds has partnered with PSI Exams, a secure proctoring service, to protect the integrity of its certification exams in the market.  You cannot sit for the exam without a valid ID.
The Network Certification page on will allow you to schedule an exam once the certifications are available. You will select your preferred testing date, time, and location when you schedule an exam.
If you experience trouble scheduling an exam online, call the PSI Candidate Service Center at 800-733-9267. A representative from the Candidate Service Center will help you schedule your exam and select your preferred testing date, time, and location.
You must schedule the exam at least 24 hours in advance before the test.


(Q)  What information should I be prepared to provide when I schedule my appointment?

(A)   When you schedule your appointment, bring the following:

  • A valid, government-issued ID that shows your name in the English alphabet, your signature, and your photograph. The name used to schedule your appointment must match exactly the name shown on your identification,
  • A contact phone number—we use these numbers to contact you in case of an unexpected event.
  • E-mail address—this is often the fastest and most effective means of communication. SolarWinds requires an e-mail address for registration.
  • Method of payment—PSI Exams collects payment for the SCP exam when you schedule a test date.


(Q)  Can I cancel or reschedule my exam appointment?

(A)  Visit to cancel or reschedule exam appointments. PSI requires notification of intent to reschedule at least two business days before your scheduled exam. No refunds granted if you fail to show for the exam.

(Q)  How much time does SolarWinds require to ensure my eligibility for the exam so that I can schedule an appointment to test?
SolarWinds does not require eligibility to take the SCP exam. You can schedule an exam appointment as soon as you register.


(Q)  Where do I take the exam?

(A)  SolarWinds is partnering with PSI Exams Online, a secure proctoring service, to administer product certification exams.  PSI’s proprietary remote proctoring technology means SCP candidates can access exams from any web browser, which with the correct system requirements which allows anywhere, anytime testing.


(Q)  Does SolarWinds mail me a certificate?

(A)  After you pass your exam, SolarWinds issues a BadgeCert digital badge and certificate. 


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