rPath is launching a training curriculum designed to help participants build, deploy and maintain software appliances.

The Certified Software Appliance Architect offering includes hands-on, lab-driven instruction that is focused on software appliance design, image construction, lifecycle management and virtualization technologies.

Software appliances enable applications to be streamlined and run on standard industry hardware and in virtualization environments linking devices regardless of location or configuration.

“The goal of this training curriculum is to enable software vendors to dramatically reduce the complexity of their applications by embracing the latest technology for software appliances and server virtualization,” said Erik Troan, rPath co-founder and its chief technology officer. “For participants, the skill-set provided by this curriculum will put them in the forefront of the software appliance and virtualization adoption curve, giving them valuable career skills and setting them apart from their peers.”