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HP ASE - LoadRunner v12 Certification Deep Dive


With corporations (large and small) moving to the cloud, application performance testing has become a mission critical part of application development. I sit with a group of LoadRunner performance engineers, and we’ve had many discussions around the different problems companies encounter when moving applications to the cloud. From writing complex scripts to automating monthly Microsoft patch testing, performance engineers are very busy.

In a recent PayScale salary survey, United States based performance engineer take home pay is an average of $86,000 annually, with pay starting at $66K and approaching $136K on the high end. A quick search on returns over 2,000 job postings for LoadRunner performance engineers.

If you’re wondering, “what exactly is LoadRunner,” here’s a quick overview. LoadRunner is the Hewlett Packard Enterprise industry-standard software solution for application performance and load testing. LoadRunner helps you prevent issues by detecting bottlenecks, and it gives you an accurate picture of end-to-end system performance before going live.

The LoadRunner tool is extremely flexible for organizations and projects of all sizes, allowing you to test a range of applications, including mobile, Ajax, Flex, HTML 5, .NET, Java, GWT, Silverlight, SOAP, Citrix, ERP, and legacy.

With an intuitive record and playback mechanism, including the patented TruClient technology, LoadRunner reproduces real business processes that a user would perform in the production environment. It then emulates hundreds or thousands of concurrent virtual users, with minimal hardware, to apply accurate workloads to any application. After the test completes, the LoadRunner analysis engine provides a single view of end-user response time, infrastructure-level, and code-level performance; and supports the identification of the most likely causes of performance issues.

There are two LoadRunner certifications:

  1. HP ATP –LoadRunner v12
  2. HP ASE –LoadRunner v12

This blog post will cover the ASE certification. There are no prerequisites for either LoadRunner certification. The certification path you choose depends on your level of experience with the tool.

HP ASE – LoadRunner v12

The HP ASE – LoadRunner v12 certification targets load testing and HPE LoadRunner professionals with at least one year of field experience. Successful achievement indicates to your manager you’re ready to participate in or lead performance-validation projects. If you’re interested in consulting or instructing, The HP ASE – LoadRunner v12 certification is required.

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The main difference you’ll notice is the cost of the ASE exam HP0-M217P, which is administered only at HPE Software Education training facilities. It’s a three-hour, hands-on exam, and the candidate is provided with the LoadRunner software to work with.

By passing this rigorous exam, IT professionals establish their expertise in planning a performance test, creating virtual users, implementing, and running load scenarios, deploying system monitors, and analyzing test results. Certification validates your ability to use LoadRunner to automate application load test and performance validation.

HP ASE – LoadRunner v12 – upgrade from HP ASE – LoadRunner v11

If you already hold the HP ASE – LoadRunner v11 certification, you qualify for the upgrade path to the v12 credential, thereby protecting your investments in training and certification with minimal additional effort and cost. By taking the HP2-N59 exam, administered online by PearsonVUE, you can upgrade your v11 ASE certification to HP ASE - LoadRunner v12.

Training @HPE Software Education Services

Click here to find your nearest HPE Software Education Services training facility.

To access the training catalog and view the class outline and schedule, click the “Software Training” tab and select your country.

Scheduling an Exam

Please click the appropriate link for the exam schedule in your region:

The HP – ASE LoadRunner v12 certification provides you with the skills, training, and knowledge to lead performance testing teams. Performance engineers are in demand and will only grow as more companies move to the cloud. The demand for LoadRunner engineers is high and will only grow as more companies adopt the transition to the Idea Economy. What are you waiting for?

To learn more about HPE LoadRunner v12, click here.

Click here for more information on the HPE industry-recognized Certification and Learning program.


Thank you,

Karl Kovacs
Global Sales and Partner Enablement
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20+ years in IT, including data center architect, pre-sales engineer, certification development and management. Passion for technology, gadgets and the outdoors. Always looking for ways to blend them together in one big adventure.