NVIDIA-Certified Associate

AI in the Data Center


About This Certification

The NCA-AIDC certification is an entry-level credential that validates the foundational concepts of adopting artificial intelligence computing by NVIDIA in a data center environment. The exam is online and proctored remotely, includes 50 questions, and has a 60-minute time limit.

Please carefully review NVIDIA's examination policy before scheduling your exam.

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Topics Covered in the Exam

Topics covered in the exam include:

  • Accelerated computing use cases
  • AI, machine learning, and deep learning
  • GPU architecture
  • NVIDIA’s software suite
  • Data center considerations for adopting NVIDIA solutions

Preparation Materials

We recommend the following steps to prepare for this exam.

Enroll in Self-Paced Training

Take the “Introduction to AI in the Data Center” self-paced course to learn what AI is and how NVIDIA GPU technologies and solutions take it to the next level. Designed for enterprise professionals and administrators, this course explores an introduction to AI, GPU computing, the NVIDIA AI software architecture, and how to implement and scale AI workloads in the data center. The typical time to complete this course is 3.5 hours.

Review These Additional Materials

The CUDA® Zone (reading time: 1 minute)  

NVIDIA Triton™ Inference Server (reading time: 5 minutes) 

NVIDIA® NGC™ Catalog (reading time: 6 minutes) 

The Difference Between AI, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning (reading time: 6 minutes)

The Difference Between Deep Learning Training and Inference (reading time: 5 minutes) 

How to Use GPUs for Robotic Development (reading time: 4 minutes) 

Recommenders Systems (reading time: 5 minutes) 

Accelerating and Enhancing Robotics With NVIDIA Isaac™ (reading time: 5 minutes) 

Robotic Simulation With NVIDIA Isaac Sim™ (reading time: 5 minutes) 

Inference Solutions for Video Analytics (reading time: 2 minutes)

Message Passing Interface (MPI) (reading time: 2 minutes)

What Is MLOps? (reading time: 7 minutes) 

Deep Learning Frameworks (reading time: 5 minutes) 

VMware vSphere Hypervisor Software Releases (reading time: 1 minute) 

NVIDIA AI Enterprise (reading time: 3 minutes)

vGPU—Virtualization for IT (reading time: 3 minutes)

NVIDIA Data Center GPU Manager (DCGM) Overview (reading time: 2 minutes) 

NVIDIA DCGM (reading time: 2 minutes)

Enhancing Data Movement With GPUDirect® (reading time: 3 minutes)

High-Speed End-to-End Connectivity With DPUs (reading time: 4 minutes) 

What Is a DPU? (reading time: 4 minutes) 

Cloud-Scale Architecture With DPUs (reading time: 9 minutes) 

Transforming the Data Center With DPUs (reading time: 5 minutes) 

NVIDIA DOCA™ Software Framework (reading time: 3 minutes) 

DOCA—Data Center Infrastructure on a Chip (reading time: 3 minutes)

Certification Exam Details

Duration: One hour

Price: $135 

Certification level: Associate  

Subject: AI data center and cloud  

Number of questions: 50

Prerequisites: A basic understanding of data center infrastructure.

Language: English 

Candidate audiences:

Business line owners

Data center technicians

Delivery and professional services engineers

Developer operations (DevOps) engineers

IT managers

Networking engineers

Sales representatives

Systems administration staff

Solution architects

System architects

Validity: This certification is valid for two years from issuance.

Recertification may be achieved by retaking the exam.

Credentials: Upon passing the exam, participants will receive a digital badge and optional certificate indicating the certification level and topic.

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