SNIA Certification Policies and FAQs

SNIA Certification Policies

SNIA Exam Security/Cheating Policy

It is the policy of SNIA to revoke or refuse a credential to any person suspected of using unauthorized materials obtained from websites that advertise exact copies of SNIA exams. Psychometric data from a person's testing session will isolate patterns of cheating and gives SNIA the right to take legal action.

SNIA Certification Pricing

The cost of the SNIA exams is $220.00 USD.  Outside the US, pricing may vary by country.  All SNIA exams are hosted by Kryterion.

SNIA Exam Cancellation/Rescheduling Policy

All cancellations and reschedulings of SNIA exams must be done online through Kryterion and testers can reschedule or cancel an onsite test appointment more than 72 hours in advance without penalty/fee and can get a full refund.

72 hours or more before the scheduled test date: No fee

Less than 72 hours before scheduled test date: $85.00 cancellation/reschedule fee in the US ($95 internationally)

Should a test taker fail to appear for a scheduled exam, or present themselves more than thirty (30) minutes after the scheduled start time for taking the exam and are refused admission: Test taker will be charged the full test delivery fee for the missed test. Any queries should be sent to snia_certification@snia.org

SNIA Exam Re-Take Policy

If you take a SNIA exam and do not pass it, SNIA requires that you wait 24 hours before taking it again. If you do not pass the exam a second time, you must wait seven (7) days. If a SNIA Exam is taken three (3) times without a passing score, you must wait 30 days to take it again.

SCSN-E Expert Level Certification - Fulfilment Process

Once you have fulfilled the requirements for the SNIA Expert Level credential (SCSN-E), you must email .pdf copies or scanned paper copies of your SNIA Certification Partner (vendor) credentials to snia_certification@snia.org. It will be processed by SNIA and you will receive a .pdf of your SCSN-E certificate.

 

FAQ's

When can I expect to receive my certificate from SNIA?
 
You can expect to receive a .pdf certificate along with the appropriate SNIA credential logo in an email about 3 weeks after you have completed the exam at the Kryterion Testing Center. 
 
How do I register to take a SNIA exam?
 
You can register by going to the Kryterion Webassessor website and registering an account with them. You will then be able to locate your nearest testing centre and book an exam.  
 
Do I get a paper certificate?
 
SNIA promotes environmentally friendly processes whenever it can. Our SNIA certificates come in the form of a pdf. Along with that, you get the SNIA logos to put on your business cards, stationery, or resume.
 
What if my name is spelt incorrectly on my certificate?
 
The name that will appear on your certificate is the name that you put into the Kryterion Webassessor system when you register for your first test and get your student ID. If you need to change the name on your certificate for a mispelling, SNIA will change it in our records, but you must also update your Kryterion profile.
 
What if I don't receive my certificate in the 3 week window?
 
Your certificate will be sent to the email address that you entered into the Kryterion system. If your certificate is not received after three weeks, please check the email account that you gave to Kryterion. Also, please look in your spam/junk folder, or check with your email provider to see if attachments are blocked. If you would like a different email associated with your certification, please send us the alternate email at snia_certification@snia.org. You also must change it in your Kryterion Test Taker Profile.
 
Do I have to take training in order to take a SNIA certification exam?
 
Training is NOT mandatory but in our experience those who take the courses receive higher pass marks and a higher chance of passing the exam. If you feel you would benefit from training, please go to the Recommended Training page on our website to see the training options available to you.
 
Are there any online or self-study materials available?
 
Yes, a range of study materials are available in multiple formats and also through our training partners. Please visit the Education Sources page for more information. 
 
Is there courseware that will provide me with a hands-on component in order to practice my skills?
 
Yes, training from our Training Partners is available and we also provide links where you can obtain self-study training guides. Please visit the appropriate page to view the list of Training Partners.
 
How do the product vendor certifications (Hitachi Vantara, HPE, Brocade, Dell/EMC, NetApp, and Cisco) and SNIA certifications fit within my storage education as a whole?
 
SNIA certifications address the vendor-neutral baseline storage networking knowledge and skills. SNIA certifications will prepare you to put the individual product nuances for each vendor into a context in the industry. To be successful in your career, it is necessary to understand how the storage products fit together in a multi-vendor environment. SNIA Education provides the framework for a general understanding of storage networking concepts, troubleshooting, management and administration and architecture. The knowledge and skills you receive from the vendor training and certification makes you better prepared to architect and deliver a full multi-vendor solution. So, SNIA certifications PLUS the select vendor Certifications give you the expertise to become a SNIA Storage Networking Expert (SCSN-E).
 
What is the process for obtaining my SCSN-E credential?
 
Once you have fulfilled the requirements for the SNIA Expert credential (SCSN-E), you must email .pdf copies or scanned paper copies of your SNIA Certification Partner (vendor) credential to snia_certification@snia.org. It will be processed by SNIA and you will receive a .pdf of your SCSN-E certificate.
 
If my background is in general IT skills, how can I grow my skills to include storage?
 
We recommend you review the Certification Program and some of the suggested training and study materials. We also encourage you to contact our training partners. You MUST earned the SCSP credential as a pre-requisite for our higher level credentials. You will find an outline of what is covered on the current Foundations exam as well as a list of references and study material on our website.
 
What are the exam expiry dates?
 
CompTIA Storage+ (SGO-001): 3 years from the date of certification pass
S10-110: 3 years from the date of certification pass
S10-210: 3 years from the date of certification pass (To maintain the SNIA SCSE Credential, you must have your pre-req active i.e. S10-110, SGO-001)
S10-310: 3 years from the date of certification pass (To maintain the SNIA SCSA Credential, you must have your pre-req active i.e. S10-110, SGO-001)
S10-510: 3 years from the date of certification pass