Tony Campbell, Rackspace's director of training and certification for OpenStack, said the move is in response to customer requests for an OpenStack certification program.
The company offers public and private classes covering the use and operation of OpenStack technology in public or private environments, and plans to expand this to other related topics in the areas of business, operations, development, architecture, community and ecosystem.
The first certification - granted by examination - is Rackspace Certified Technician for OpenStack.
Steven Manos, ITS research services manager at the University of Melbourne said "When we first started with OpenStack at the University of Melbourne, we were able to learn from scratch, but we wanted to make sure there was a baseline of knowledge available to each location that would be building its OpenStack cloud nodes.
Mr Manos noted that once word got out that ITS was hosting the Raqckspace training course, enquiries poured in. "Everyone truly enjoyed and appreciated the training," he said.
"Throughout the process, they got to learn the ins and outs of the various components of OpenStack. Everyone thought highly of the thoroughness of the training," he said.
Rackspace plans to syndicate its courses through a certified training partner program, and will soon accept applications for membership.