Tag Archives: VCAP

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.

Simplified Registration Process for Advanced Exams Coming


We are in the process of simplifying the registration and scheduling process for VMware Advanced exams (VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD or VCIX-NV) to eliminate the need for a second PearsonVue account. However, this entails some short term impacts to our registration process you should be aware of.

  • From now until October 15, you will not be able to register for any Advanced exam appointments beyond November 30, 2015
  • Between October 15-18, exam registration will be closed for Advanced exams only to ensure a smooth transition.
  • On October 19, you will once again be able to register for any Advanced VMware exam throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond.

As of October 19, the NEW process will be streamlined so that candidates will no longer be required to click on a separate link to register for their Advanced exams. The new process for existing candidates scheduling their first VCAP/VCIX exam will be:

  1. Request exam authorization at www.vmware.com/certification
  2. Once authorization has been granted, sign into http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware/
  3. Finish your exam registration as usual

We hope that you will find that this short-term limitation will result in simplifying your VMware Advanced exam scheduling experience once the process is completed on October 19.

The project does NOT involve any exam retirements and does NOT involve any exam content changes. This project is strictly related to simplifying the process by which you register for VMware Advanced certification exams.

If you have any other questions or feedback on this new process, please let us know in the comments below.

Save 50% off Certification Exams at VMworld 2015 US

vmworld2015-logo-blackThe most popular VMware certification exams will be 50% off the regular price during VMworld 2015 US in San Francisco, California! This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings.

Space is limited in our Certification Exam Center, so we recommend registering in advance.

  • Option 1 – Bundle your exam with your VMworld registration. Simply select the Certification Exam Voucher on Step 4 of your VMworld registration and we’ll send you instructions on how to select your exam date and time.
  • Option 2 – Start at PearsonVue’s site and complete your exam registration separately from your VMworld registration.

For the complete list of available exams and testing center hours, click here.

Save on Certification Exams at VMware Partner Exchange

Partner Exchange 2015
VMware Partner Exchange 2015 is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings. All VMware Certified Professional (VCP), VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP), and VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX) exams will be offered at a discount during the event.

Register in Advance and Save 50%
Space is limited for testing at VMware Partner Exchange, so make your plans early and save 50%. Click here to register. Your discount will be calculated automatically at check out.

Register at the Event and Save 25%
Register for an exam at 25% off at the Certification Exam Center in Moscone West during Exam Center hours.

Exam Center Hours
Date Time
Sunday, February 1 8:30am – 3:00pm
Monday, February 2 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, February 3 11:30am – 6:00pm
Wednesday, February 4 9:30am – 6:00pm
Thursday, February 5 9:00am – 2:00pm

New VCAP5-DCD Exam Available on vSphere 5.5


We have released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD) Certification. This new exam (exam code VDCD550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VDCD510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCAP
 certification if you have also met the pre-requisites.

Learn more about the new exam and download the blueprint.