I'll let you know. I'm doing the CCA later this week.
The CJA I did a couple months ago. The session is fairly relaxed but informative. There is a practice exam that is open book that takes a few hours. The actual exam is the same conditions but much harder. Unless you've done server configuration and builds before, it's difficult.
It's also well worth it. I'm still waiting for my t-shirt!
I have taken the CCA for Casper 8 and 9. Both classes were very detailed and lead by great instructors. I would recommend going to Minnesota if you can and take the class at JAMF. The class involved discussion and lab exercises that covered almost everything in the Casper Administrator guide. The cert test is presented to you like a real world scenario where you just became a Casper Admin and you have a set list of requirements. If you are person who really likes studying material, you can download the Casper Administrator's Guide from Jamf but the majority of the knowledge comes from the lab work.
The 3-day class for the CCA (Mac administration) and the 2-day class for the CMA (iOS administration) are akin to the 2-day and 1/2-day JumpStarts. They cover roughly the same things.
Whereas the JumpStarts are intended to give you an immersive and more personalized crash course in all things Casper when you're just starting to use it, the certification courses are better for those who have been using Casper for a while in production. The classes have labs and the tests at the end cover what you do in the labs. If you're not familiar with Casper I don't recommend taking the certification courses yet.
To prep for a class I recommend going through everything in your own JSS and trying to apply something to your environment—things like saved searches, configuration profiles, restricting applications. When I give a JumpStart I like to demonstrate how to create an extension attribute, use that in a smart group and use the smart group in a policy to trigger a script. That covers four features right there.
One word of advice about the tests. When something says "demonstrate" that means you actually need to do it. The instructor will review your JSS and be able to tell what work you accomplished.
I did CCA and CMA in the same week under 8.x.
I was shown the ropes in a live Casper environment by a CCA/CMA certified admin (superb Mac admin, had really been wielding Casper well for the environment), and I was running it for about 3 months before I took the training. While the training was largely review at that point, I felt like it was helpful to get an end-to-end overview on what the suite can do, as well as some perspective on best practices. Mind you, a lot of these practices are non-starters in certain environments for reasons that have nothing to do with what's actually best. FWIW, I had Miles for my classes, and I can't speak highly enough of how he lead them. It was very hands-on, and there was ample time for discussion.
Something a bit intangible about courses like the CCA is that by being in a classroom with other Mac/Casper admins, you gain some knowledge about how people accomplish the same tasks. In other words, there are always many ways to accomplish a task with the Casper Suite. Although there is generally a "best practice", there is also usually no one "right" way. It can be invaluable to see how other admins will tackle something. In many cases, you walk away with additional ideas of how to get something done in Casper in the future. And In some cases, you may realize that the way you've been doing something isn't the most efficient way it can be done. In essence, its easy to get into a fixed mindset way of accomplishing tasks, and seeing how other people do it can open you up to alternatives you may not have considered before.
This is all in addition to what others have mentioned up above.
On this one, I want to make a point to give a shout out to the JAMF Education team. I have been through both CCA (Casper Certified Administrator) and the CCE (the new Casper Certified Expert class).
These are not run-of-the-mill training classes. In both, you get real hands on training and I like specifically that both focused on immediate tips and tricks that helped our environment as well as tips and tricks that are possible in settings other than my environment. While I'm with everyone on here that nothing replaces actual hands-on experience in a real world environment, these classes had something to teach both novices as well as seasoned experts. I won't comment too much but I had some "big names" in my CCE class in the Mac orbit and even they had things to learn from and contribute to the class discussions.
Thank you @dustydorey and Mike Paul (can't find your handle) for my time in these classes.
I got my CCA in April 2010, lead by Mr. Leacy, and it was one of the best cert classes I ever sat through. Lots of good exercises, really helped fill in gaps from having roughly a year working with the product. Worth the time/expence. Cert is good for 2 versions (7.2 > 9.2) so it's time for me to recertify.
I took the CCA/CMA courses in Atlanta this past February. Loved it.
Experienced or not, you'll come to learn new things, best practices, and confirm what you already know. Test is open book/Internet -- you just can't call JAMF support. LOL.
The best part is meeting the people there. You'll be able ask questions, and even help others with their needs. In the end, you get cool pens, notebooks, and a t-shirt (mailed). And they fed us pretty well, too.
I forgot which ones I got (but my badge will tell me after I reply), but they were both good for what they did. However, you don't need everyone in your org to do them all. It is a good showcase for what Casper can do, but each is limited to the scope of the class.
If I were to find a downside to them, it is this. What they do in the classes is show you what the Casper Suite can do, not necessarily what you want your devices to do, but what Casper can do. There are weak points in the JAMF suite and you can find some good remedies in the class, but it is not focused on making your solutions work, rather making what Casper can do work.
I didn't do the iOS one, but imagine it would do be the same.
Attending both classes CCA & CMA. Really put a lot of things into perspective. Like some have mentioned, it's great when the instructor(s) throw out scenarios. You get to see how everyone reacts to it differently and solves for the issue. They quickly gauge where you are at and quickly adjust to it. I had great instructors and they like when you ask them questions. I would definitely recommend the courses if you can attend them. I personally will return to get my CCE as time permits.
I did CCA and CMA. They do an amazing job helping people on every level. When I did my second CCA obviously I knew quite a bit so I was able to have the trainer show me some more stuff on the side, whereas the first time I took CCA I knew nothing and was able to walk out feeling confident and ready to go.
Just to post my $.02 (Read as, I've not read this thread).
I've done the CCA and CJA classes with a cma planned. By far these were my favorite trainings EVER. Everything is hands on and focused around real world issues, not test issues. Trust me, you will build and work your way through and the tests are on live systems. JAMF doesn't just pass folks along after having listened to speeches.