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Career Studies Certificate

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Expand your computing horizons with virtualization

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Virtualization allows for computer networks to expand their capabilities.

As a virtualization expert, you will be prepared to install, deploy, configure, manage, secure and analyze a VMware virtual infrastructure in a networked environment.

This is an in-demand field that can command six-figure salaries. With Tidewater Community College’s Career Studies Certificate in Virtualization, you will be prepared to work in the growing VMWare field, or as a

  • server administrator
  • server systems administrator
  • operations monitor
  • local-area network (LAN) administrator
  • enterprise system administrator
  • IT system administrator
  • enterprise security administrator
  • systems architect

Certify your skills

Earn valuable industry credentials! Course work in this program qualifies you to sit for such certification exams as

  • EMC Proven Professional Information Storage and Management
  • EMC Proven Professional Cloud Infrastructure and Services
  • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
  • EMC Proven Professional Backup Recovery Systems and Architecture


Go further

Apply all of the credits you earn in this program to TCC's Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Virtualization consists of 4 semesters of part-time study, with classes held on the Chesapeake Campus. 

Estimated Program Cost*:
28 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,189.80 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Where can you go?

You may find employment or gain promotion in your current position, and you can apply the credits you earn toward TCC’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Technology.

You may also transfer to a 4-year school to work towards a bachelor’s of science in information technology or another related field.

Is this program for you?

Yes, if you: 

  • have substantial computer networking experience
  • are detail-oriented
  • are team-oriented
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Tuition assistance such as financial aid, scholarships, work-study, grants and loans can help you save money and reduce college debt.

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TCC is a member of the EMC Academic Excellence (EMCAA) and an authorized VMware IT Academy (vITA) partner, which entitles students to sit for industry certification exams More on certifications

Evening and hybrid classes offered

Learn in the Advanced Technology Center on TCC’s Virginia Beach Campus, which houses 26 individual workstations and a high performance GIS server


TCC instructor earns VMware's highest certification

Median annual salary

Jobs related to this field pay a median annual salary of $80,371*

Power up!

If you want to get into the information technology field, or advance in your current IT career, an industry credential can be your ticket to success. (TCC CareerFocus magazine)

* Salary estimate is provided for comparison purposes only and doesn’t constitute a promise of employment or earnings. Salaries were calculated based on related job codes and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data.