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You've read the introduction to our new program (here), so you know your V6.x legacy certification is not getting an automatic upgrade this fall - now what?

Please review the applicable recertification path(s) below for your next steps.

Not sure which version your certification is? Please double check your list of certifications before asking for help. Click here for instructions to access your certifications (scroll down for Splunk Partners). The screenshots might be outdated, but the general information still applies.

We've done our best to include every recertification possibility we could think of, and created some sample scenarios you can check out, but if you think we have forgotten something, let us know at certification@splunk.com and we'll be happy to help.

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Good news! You are eligible for a one-year recertification window under the new program. This means that from program launch (October 1, 2018) through October 1, 2019, you have two options for recertification:

 

1) Register for the highest level exam you held as a V6.x Certification (no prerequisites necessary).

 

2) Complete the prerequisite coursework and register for the next-level exam, moving beyond the highest V6.x certification you held.

 

Here’s what it looks like in practice (see pdf for reference):

 

V6.x Splunk Certified User is eligible for Splunk Core Certified User or Splunk Core Certified Power User.

 

V6.x Splunk Certified Power User is eligible for Splunk Core Certified Power User or Splunk Enterprise Certified Admin.

 

V6.x Splunk Certified Admin is eligible for Splunk Enterprise Certified Admin (or Enterprise Security Admin or IT Service Intelligence Admin), Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect, or Splunk Certified Developer.

 

Remember, leveling up still requires prerequisite coursework. The one year recertification window merely provides candidates an opportunity to maintain their highest level certification (or one level higher) without going back to pass additional prerequisite exams.

 

Please note: candidates who pass the new certification exams will earn all downstream certifications*. This means that if you pass the Splunk Core Certified Power User exam, you'll also get the digital badge for Splunk Core Certified User! Double bragging rights? Yes, please.

 

*Candidates who pass the Splunk Certified Developer exam will not be granted downstream certifications. Upon successful completion of the Splunk Certified Developer exam, candidates will only be granted the digital badge for Splunk Certiifed Developer.

Good news! You are eligible for a one-year recertification window under the new program.

 

It is important to note that Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect is an all-encompassing Architect certification, meaning it includes Cluster Administration and Troubleshooting Splunk Enterprise as part of its prerequisite coursework.

 

What about the lab, you ask? That's still a prerequisite, too! The Splunk Enterprise Practical Lab (as it's now called) is the same format as the lab you already completed, it's just no longer the final step in the certification track. You do not need to retake the lab as part of your recertification. You worked hard on it once, no need to do it again!

 

From October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019, you have two options for recertification:

 

1) Register for the Splunk Enterprise Architect Certification exam (no additional prerequisites required). It is important to note that the new multiple choice exam does contain content from the Cluster Administration and Troubleshooting Splunk Enterprise courses, so while this is a valid path for recertification, candidates may feel underprepared for the new exam.

 

2) Complete the two additional courses listed above and then complete the Splunk Enterprise Architect Certification exam. While this path is more expensive, due to the cost of the coursework, candidates may wish to pursue it in order to best prepare for the new exam.

 

Be sure to act within this recertification window. Candidates who do not pass the Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect exam by October 1, 2019, will be subject to the full certification path including these courses and all prerequisite exams.

 

Find more details on what architect recertification looks like here and read more about exam eligibility here.

Good news! You are eligible for a one-year recertification window under the new program.

 

It is important to note that Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect is an all-encompassing Architect certification, meaning it includes Cluster Administration and Troubleshooting Splunk Enterprise as part of its prerequisite coursework.

 

This means that from October 1, 2018 to October 1, 2019, your path to recertification is simple:

 

Register for (and pass) the new, multiple choice Splunk Enterprise Architect Certification exam.

 

That's it!

 

Be sure to act within this recertification window. Candidates who do not pass the Splunk Enterprise Certified Architect exam by October 1, 2019, will be subject to the full certification path including these courses and all prerequisite exams.

We're looking at you, Splunk Certified Knowledge Managers or old school Architects.

 

Your certification(s) are no longer current and you are not eligible for a shortened path to recertification.

 

This means that, in terms of prerequisites, it's time to go back to the basics and start with Fundamentals 1 (which is free!) to become a Splunk Core Certified User.

 

You can browse the available certification tracks via the left-hand sidebar to view (and register for) prerequisites for the other certification paths in which you might be interested.

Why recertify? Two words: digital badge. And, of course, bragging rights.

 

But seriously, folks, staying current with your certifications proves to your employer, your peers, and prospective employers that you are committed to staying relevent in an ever-changing technical landscape and that your knowledge and skills are sharper than ever.

 

As a final note - if you are considering recertification, now is the time to do it. During the recertification window, we're offering shortened paths for V6.x cert-holders (see above). This means passing only one exam (at your highest level V6.x certification for $125) and earning all downstream certifications. This is, by far, your most time- and cost-effective path to recertification.

 

If you wait until after October 1, 2019, you will be starting from scratch on your path to certification (meaning back to Fundamentals 1 and Splunk Core Certified User). This means more time and more money.

 

That being said - you don't have to recertify. Here's what that looks like:

 

As of October 1, 2019, your (V6.x and older) certification(s) will be considered out-of-date. You will not be granted a digital badge. Digital badges will only be granted to cert-holders under the new program. This means that, moving forward, if a third party (potential employer, etc.) contacts us to verify your certifications, we would be able to verify that you hold an outdated certification*.

 

*Please note -  Splunk will never provide information regarding your certifications to a third party without your written consent.