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VCAP6 Deployment Beta Exams: Expanded and Extended!

Updated on July 6, 2016

Hi Everyone,

We have expanded the availability of the lab exams again today. Pearson Vue has opened up the VCAP6 Deployment Lab exams in roughly 75 centers in Asia Pacific and Japan and in 32 centers in Central and South America. If you have been waiting to take one of the beta exams please visit the registration links below and look for a testing center in your area. Slots are limited but we still need additional people to take the betas. Please consider participating by getting registered now.

Also, please remember to carefully review the  VMware Certification Platform Interface User Interface Guide prior to taking the exam. It will save you time and effort on your test day.

Thanks and good luck!

Paul Sorensen


Hi Everyone,VCAP Beta Expanded and Extended!

I have good news to share with you: The VCAP6 Deployment beta exams are being extended to additional Pearson Vue centers in North America and expanded to roughly 175 centers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, the beta end-date has been moved out to July 13.

We still need people to take the beta exams so please click on the registration links below to get more information (available locations, dates, times) and to register using the beta discount.

We will continue to work closely with Pearson Vue to monitor and evaluate the performance of the beta exams and will take further action to expand the number of sites as the beta continues to go well.

One important note: to help people with the new interface and delivery platform we created the VMware Certification Platform Interface User Interface Guide. Among other things this guide will help you optimize the interface layout (when you take the exam) and make you aware of some security-related keystroke limitations (restricted in the Pearson VUE Centers). Please be sure to review at this guide before you take the test.

Thank you and good luck on your test!

Paul Sorensen

4 Ways to Save on Training and Certification at VMworld 2016 Europe

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Where in the World are VCAPs, The Changing IT Landscape, and 2 New Training Courses


Where in the World are VCAPs? [Infographic]
Where in the World are VMware Certified Advanced Professionals? Answer: everywhere! Check out this blog post for our detailed infographic highlighting the geographical location of VCAPs.

The IT Landscape is Changing: Are you Ready
This blog post discusses ways organizations and IT professionals can prepare and fully embrace the changing IT landscape.

Two vRealize Courses Now Open for Registration
Last month we announced two new instructor-led training courses covering components of the VMware vRealize product suite. Get the details in this blog post


VMware Certification Spotlight
Please give a huge round of applause to the following people who earned a VMware Certification last month:

We know there are more people who recently earned a VMware certification. If you would like to be spotlighted in the future, be sure to tweet out which certification you earned and add the hashtag #vmwcertified. You can also check out #vmwcertified on Twitter for the latest list.

VCAP5 Exam Retirements Suspended – Registration Remains Open

VCAPSince we announced the retirement of the remaining VCAP5 exams in late March, we have heard from quite a number of you who have requested additional time to prepare for and take those exams. Additionally, we are still working on the development and refinement of the VCAP6 exams (which will replace VCAP5), so these new exams have not yet been released in production.

In light of your requests and still-pending VCAP6 exam releases, we are suspending the retirement of the following exams:

VCAP5 Design Exams:

VCAP Lab Exams:

Registration for these exams will remain open. We will not plan to retire them until approximately 30 days after the VCAP6 exams become available. Once the VCAP6 exams go live in production, we will make a detailed retirement announcement for these VCAP5 exams. In the meantime, we hope that those of you who would like to up-level your certification from VCP to VCAP5 will take advantage of this opportunity.

For training or exam information, detailed certification requirements or additional program information, please visit the VMware Education homepage. If you have more specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

Thank you!
Paul Sorensen

Where in the World are VCAPs? [Infographic]

Our Where in the World are VCPs Infographic at the end of 2015 saw lots of interest. So, we asked Where in the World are the VMware Certified Advanced Professionals? To not much surprise, they are everywhere!

Which country do you represent?


VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extension, 2016 VCDX Workshops and 4 New eLearning Courses



VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Availability Extended
We decided to extend the availability date for the VCP5-DCV exam until March 31, 2016 due to continued popularity! In this blog post, you can discover more about the exam’s key advantages to decide if it’s the right fit for you.

2016 VCDX Workshop Locations and Registrations
Read this blog post to find out how we updated and evolved the processes for the 2016 VCDX Workshops to make them more streamlined.

4 New eLearning Courses Available
We offer a wide variety of self-paced training options to help you enhance your skills wherever you want, whenever you want. Check out this blog post for information on the newest course options.


VMware Certification Spotlight

Please give a huge round of applause to the following people who earned a VMware Certification last month:

  • @MayorMikeGolden: I passed! #vcp very excited about that!
  • @MarcHuppert: Just finished another @VMwareEducation Training with a perfect score #VCI
  • @nick_andreev_au: Got the confirmation: “You have passed the #VCAP DCA exam.” Four weeks of preparation have paid off.

We know there are more people who recently earned a VMware certification. If you would like to be spotlighted in the future, be sure to tweet out which certification you earned and add the hashtag #vmwcertified. You can also check out #vmwcertified on Twitter for the latest list.

New VCAP6 Beta Exams Now Available

Editors note (2/5/16): Please note that we have reached our capacity for the VCAP6-DCV Design beta exam and registration has closed. There is still room in the VCAP6-CMA Design exam.

AVCAPs we announced in December, we have been hard at work on the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) beta exams. And now the wait is over! The following exams are now open for public registration, with first exam appointments beginning on February 15.

Available beta exams:

Only candidates with either a VCP6 level certification or a VCP5 level certification + a VCAP5 level certification are eligible to take these beta exams.

The VCAP Deployment beta exams are available via invitation only.

VMware uses beta exams to “field test” new exam questions with a live audience. These exams are offered at a deeply discounted price, participation is limited, and they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popular demand, we recommend that you register soon. For more information and timing, please visit our beta exam information page.

See How VMware Certification Helped Other IT Pros

Last fall, we asked VMworld 2015 attendees to share their experiences with VMware Certification: how it’s helped their career, how they prepared, and any advice they have for people thinking about getting certified. Five people agreed to share their stories with us, and you:

See their stories, along with 24 others, on our YouTube channel

VCIX6 Certification Announcement: Part 2 of 3 (Updates to Certification Structure and Paths)

(This is part two of a series: see parts one and three)

Since we first started rolling out the first v6 certifications we’ve been asking a lot of questions about the new structure. Based upon the feedback that we have received from you we have decided to update the structure of our advanced credentials.

These updates are as follows:

We had originally planned to retire the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification altogether. However, based upon customer feedback we are reversing that decision (refer to the diagram below). For v6 the VCAP level will not be going away. You will be able to earn a VCAP6 Design and/or a VCAP6 Deployment certification when you pass the corresponding Design exam or Deployment exam (lab).

Furthermore, in addition to the individual VCAP6 certifications, we want to give special recognition to those that earn both Design and Deployment certifications as this is a significant achievement. So, beginning with v6 those who earn both VCAP6 Design and VCAP6 Deployment certifications will be awarded the VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 (VCIX6) certification for that track. There are no additional requirements – earn both VCAP6 Design and VCAP6 Deployment certifications and you will automatically receive VCIX6 certification.

Because both Design and Deployment skills are critical, our goal is to get as many people as possible to upgrade to the VCIX level. For that reason, VMware’s Design and Deploy training courses will cover both skills, the VCIX6 certification will be the prerequisite to becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX), and special benefits will be awarded to those who achieve VCIX6 certification.


Upgrade Paths

For those of you with existing advanced certifications, the upgrade or migration paths will be the same as previously discussed:

  • From VCAP5 Design to VCIX6 → Earn the VCAP6 Deployment certification by passing the VCAP6 Deployment Exam (lab).
  • From VCAP5 Administration to VCIX6 → Earn the VCAP6 Design certification by passing the VCAP6 Design Exam.
  • From VCAP5 Administration and VCAP5 Design (both) to VCIX6 → Earn either the VCAP6 Design or the VCAP6 Deployment certification
  • From VCAP5 Administration to VCAP6 Deployment → Pass the VCAP6 Deployment Exam (lab)
  • From VCAP5 Design to VCAP6 Design → Pass the VCAP6 Design Exam

One last note: The VCIX6-NV certification will continue to be a little different for the foreseeable future (there is not a Design Exam component). There will only be a VCIX6 Deployment exam and a VCIX-NV certification can be earned by passing the related Exam. In our current framework the Design component for Network Virtualization is covered at the VCDX level. This will likely change in 2016.

Coming in the next post: Exam Guides (drafts),  links to recommended training and tips on preparing for the exam.

Let us know what you think about these changes by replying to this post.




VCAP Waivers for VCDX – Take Advantage Now Before it Ends!

VCDX merchEarlier this year, the VCAP5 certification exams for the Cloud and Desktop solution tracks were retired. Since these were used as prerequisites to the VCDX-DT and VCDX-Cloud certifications, we subsequently waived that requirement for anyone applying for and defending for those VCDX tracks.

Along with the announcement of the 2016 VCDX schedule, as well as the upcoming 2016 releases of the VCIX6 in Q1, and subsequent release of the VCDX6-DTM and VCDX6-CMA certifications, we are announcing the end of the waived prerequisites for those tracks. In 2016, all candidates for all tracks of VCDX will once again be required to hold the prerequisite VCIX/VCAP certifications.

For those planning on applying with the waiver in place, there is still time. You can apply by December 11 and still take advantage of the waiver. (See the 2016 schedule link above.)  Although there is currently only one VCDX-DT and VCDX-Cloud defense listed in July, based on the number of submissions received and panelist availability, we may add additional defenses.

As we upgrade the VCDX certification for v6, which includes removing the troubleshooting scenario requirement at the defense (see that announcement here), removing this waiver will allow us to maintain the validation of the critical administration and technical skills tested at the VCIX level.