Certifications are valuable assets for any IT professional. They validate your technical expertise. They demonstrate your ability to learn. And they prove that you have the initiative to invest in your future.
If you’ve earned a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, you have already demonstrated exceptional competence in employing current VMware products using best practices in operational environments. But maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VCP certification is just as important as becoming a VCP in the first place. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that every VCP will be current on the latest technologies and capable of implementing VMware products with the required level of skill. To ensure that all VCPs meet these expectations, VMware has instituted a recertification policy.
Recertification is widely recognized in the IT industry and beyond as an important element of continuing professional growth. It enhances your credibility and demonstrates a commitment to your career, your employer, and your customers. The new VMware recertification policy works like this:
VCP holders must recertify by taking a VCP level exam or advancing to VCAP or VCDX level certification within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification. Prerequisite course requirements are waived, but the exam and exam cost are the same as those required for initial certification. Failure to recertify by the required date will result in revocation of your certification.
In other words, your three recertification options are:
- Pass the current exam for the VCP certification you currently hold. For example, a VCP3 could recertify by passing the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
- Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, a VCP-Cloud could recertify by earning a VCP-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
- Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, a VCP5-DCV could earn VCAP5-DCA certification.
The choice is yours. But we hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to extend your certification resume, which will help you add more value to your projects and earn greater recognition throughout your career.