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You Asked & It’s Back – VCP5-DCV Delta Exam Returns

Over the last few months the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Delta exam has proven to be a very popular route to certification for many in our certified community. While we thought most people would take advantage of this opportunity to recertify before the end of the year, we have received many requests to extend it.

We don’t want to see anyone lose their certification status, so to make it as easy as possible we are returning the VCP5-DCV Delta exam (exam code VCP550D) as an option for recertification for anyone who passed the VCP510 exam. The streamlined, online exam will be available through March 10, 2015.

If you had previously requested authorization, but not registered with PearsonVue, your authorization is still valid. If you have not yet requested authorization from VMware, you can do so here.

We strongly encourage you to recertify. Those who do not recertify will lose their certification and will be required to redo the certification path as a new candidates (including mandatory training). For more information, please review the policy.

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 VCP6-DT Certification Available

VCP-DTVMware Horizon 6 (with View) delivers virtualized and remote desktops and applications through a single platform and supports end users with access to all of their Windows and online resources through one unified workspace. The new VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop (VCP6-DT) certification validates your skills implementing, installing, and configuring these environments.

Designed for System Engineers and Desktop Virtualization Specialists with a foundation in vSphere implementation and administration, earning your VCP6-DT certification shows that you have the knowledge and experience to:

  • create and administer virtual desktops
  • configure and administer View, Mirage and the Workspace Portal
  • configure host networking and storage
  • work with DRS, HA, and other cluster-related vSphere features

Learn more about the exam objectives and certification requirements here.

The Secret to Passing VCP and Other VMware Exams

What does it take to get VMware certified? Feats of amazing strength, x-ray vision, or superhuman brain power? While those powers are indeed enviable, they are not needed or required to pass VMware exams. In fact, the best way to pass is to take the required courses, study, and take advantage of a new and very useful tool of the trade.

Learn the steps to passing your next VMware exam:

New Courses on NSX and Cloud Orchestration Now Available

We’ve expanded our course catalog with two new fast-paced, hands-on courses:

VMware NSX for Internetworking Experts Fast Track [V6.0]

This 5-day extended, instructor-led course covering the power of the VMware NSX network virtualization and security platform is a choice course for experienced system administrators that specialize in networking. This course covers NSX as a part of the software-defined data center, implementation, use cases, features, and functionality operating at layer 2 through layer 7 of the OSI model. Data Center network architectures are examined to demonstrate how NSX intersects with and virtualizes functions of a Cisco based infrastructure in spine-leaf and traditional core-aggregate-access architectures. In-depth lectures and hands-on lab activities help reinforce your understanding of the NSX features, functionality, and on-going management and control.

As an added bonus and for a limited time, we’re offering 50% off a VCP exam voucher when you attend NSX training. So, don’t delay. Review course objectives, prerequisites and sign up.

 

VMware Cloud Orchestration and Extensibility [V6.1]

This is a 5-day, hands-on course designed to improve your understanding of the use of VMware vCenter Orchestrator 5.5 and VMware vCloud Automation Center 6.1 for the automation of VMware cloud infrastructure and IT processes. This course is designed for experienced VMware administrators, automation and orchestration specialists, system integrators, and private cloud and public cloud administrators. By the end of the course, you will be able to describe the features, benefits, components, and integration of vCenter Orchestrator and vCloud Automation Center and the role of vCenter Orchestrator workflows and content elements in automation, configure a vCenter Orchestrator environment for server availability using built-in clustering, and much much more.

View course details and select your training date.

Calling All VCP5-DCVs: Save Time and Money on Recertification

VCP-DCVAfter introducing the Recertification Policy, many who hold VCP5-DCV certification asked about options for recertifying at your current level, specifically if you were not looking to expand to other solution tracks or advance to the VCAP level. We heard you and are pleased to announce a streamlined exam that offers a quicker route to recertification for current VCP5-DCV holders.

The exam is offered to current VCP5-DCVs who took the VCP510 exam and need to renew their VCP5-DCV credential prior to March 10, 2015. The exam will be available through November 30, 2014 and offers some key advantages:

  • Based only on new material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 exams – you save hours of prep time
  • Available online – you can take it from any location
  • Far less expensive – you save money

If you hold a VCP5-DCV certification, this is the quickest route to recertification. This limited time opportunity – the exam will only be offered until November 30, 2014.  

Download the exam blueprint and learn more!

Current VCPs – Save 25% off VCP Exams & Get Recertified

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If you’re a current VMware Certified Professional (VCP), you can save 25% off any VCP exam taken before January 1, 2015. This is a great opportunity to save money and get recertified before the March 10, 2015 deadline. (For the recertification policy details visit vmwarerecertification.com.) This 25% discount is good towards any of these exams:

 

VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization
      Exam Code: VCP550 Request Authorization Now!
      Exam Code: VCP510 Request Authorization Now!
VMware Certified Professional 5 – Desktop
      Exam code: VCP510-DT Request Authorization Now!
      Exam code: VCPD510 Request Authorization Now!
VMware Certified Professional – Cloud
      Exam Code: VCPC550 Request Authorization Now!
      Exam Code: VCPC510 Request Authorization Now!
      Exam Code: VCPVCD510 Request Authorization Now!
VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization
      Exam Code: VCPN610 Request Authorization Now!

To claim your 25% exam discount, just enter discount code VCPRECERT25 when you check out on the PearsonVue site. But act fast. This discount is only good on exams taken before January 1, 2015.

Read the complete terms and conditions here.

Get your MD in IT: Education is Key to Success

PMI, Dr. JD, VCHS, MCT…these are just a few of the many career certifications that exist today. Being able to add just one of these titles to your name means you’ve done a significant amount of hard work to earn it.

When it comes to IT, measuring professional achievement often comes down to the skills and certifications a person has earned in his or her career, but not all certifications carry the same weight in the industry.

So which certifications pack more punch and carry more weight than others?

Here to help you sift through the most sought-after certification offerings, Global Knowledge has compiled a list going beyond a computer-based, multiple-choice exam. These certifications offer greater breadth and depth of content.

Check out Global Knowledge’s blog to learn about 10 Certifications That Really Mean Something. We’re happy to be on their list as #3 for VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV).

Keeping Skills Current by Recertifying

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Byron Schaller

 

“I was surprised how much things had changed, much more than I thought they would between two versions,” Byron Schaller notes of the VCP exam he took last year. (He was certified as a VCP3 years ago and recently got recertified and moved up to VCP5-DCV.)

“I was kind of shocked by how much I didn’t know, but [recertifying] really made me such a better architect and engineer by having to prepare for those exams,” he said. Plus, the exams keep him from going off of old notes and keep him current in an industry that changes often.

Byron finds the exams to be an incredibly useful tool for maintaining his knowledge as his day-to-day role doesn’t always expose him to everything he would necessarily learn for an exam.

He found the VCP recertification process to be quite straightforward. As a partner in the Accelerate program, he took the classes he felt would benefit his career, though they were not required of him – putting in four to five nights per week in a lab to maintain his knowledge.

The Upside of Recertification

When Byron heard about VMware’s recertification policy, he noticed a backlash within the community, specifically from people who didn’t want to lose their certification numbers—many of whom have had their numbers for many years.

“The [VMware] community management folks did a nice job of allaying those fears. It’s not the end of the world!” Byron saw how community leaders helped people see the ways in which recertification would be good for the community and inspired them get more advanced certifications.

Byron sees certifications and recertification as a good thing, not just for the community and VMware, but for customers as well.

“VMware vSphere is easy to set up and install, but very hard to do it right,” he said. “Without [the exams] you aren’t going to know these things: the systems won’t work well. So then you won’t know why things aren’t running well; you’ll miss stuff. Once you fill those gaps, you’re better at your job and a better engineer. The certifications are worth that alone.”

For those who don’t want to take the exams or are nervous about recertifying, Byron says, “Worrying never hurt anyone. Trust me, you’ll thank me later. Even if you don’t want to study, these exams will help make you better at your job.”

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Looking Ahead to VCDX

Currently, Byron is looking ahead to his next step: studying for his VCDX exam with a couple of his peers. He is constantly amazed by how much he’s learning as he studies—and not just technical knowledge.

While the exams and certifications have made Byron stronger as a technical architect, the added benefits he says are, “I’m more confident with my clients, I design better, and my ability to execute has improved.”

Check out more on Byron’s journey and get advice from his blog.

For more information on the recertification policy, please visit http://www.vmwarerecertification.com/ or contact certification@vmware.com.

Do you have a story to share about your certification (or recertification) journey? Please send us tweets, post comments here on the blog, and share your thoughts.

Bundle and Save on VMware Exam Prep Resources

VMware Lab Connect™ is a cloud-based, self-paced technical training lab designed to enhance your learning experience. When bundled with the Official Cert Guide from VMware Press and a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exam voucher, you have a powerful tool to help you prepare for a VCP certification exam. Choose one of these bundles save 15%:

VCP5-DCV Practice Bundle:

  • VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] – Lab Connect
  • Official VCP5-DCV Cert Guide from VMware Press
  • VCP5-DCV Exam Voucher

VCP-Cloud Practice Bundle:

  • VMware vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] – Lab Connect
  • Official VCP-Cloud Cert Guide from VMware Press
  • VCP-Cloud Exam Voucher

VCP5-Desktop Practice Bundle:

  • VMware Horizon View: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.2] – Lab Connect
  • Official VCP5-Desktop Cert Guide from VMware Press
  • VCP5-Desktop Exam Voucher