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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

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.”


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

Save 50% on Certification Exams at VMworld Europe 2014

extAll VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams will be 50% off the regular price during VMworld Europe!

This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings. Space is limited so reserve your seat today!

Conference Testing Hours
Monday, October 13 10:00 – 18:00
Tuesday, October 14 10:00 – 18:00
Wednesday, October 15 10:00 – 18:00
Thursday, October 16 10:00 – 16:00

Note: authorization is required before you register for any VMware exam. To request authorization, visit the web page for the certification you are interested in.

Save 50% on Certification Exams at VMworld US 2014

extAll VMware Certified Professional (VCP) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams will be 50% off the regular price during VMworld US!

This is an excellent opportunity to recertify your certification or validate new skills at a significant savings. Space is limited so reserve your seat today!

Conference Testing Hours
Sunday, August 24 10 am – 6 pm
Monday, August 25 10 am – 6 pm
Tuesday, August 26 10 am – 6 pm
Wednesday, August 27 10 am – 6 pm
Thursday, August 28 8 am – 3 pm

Note: authorization is required before you register for any VMware exam. To request authorization, visit the web page for the certification you are interested in.

New Exam Prep Bundles Available from VMware and MeasureUp


VMware and MeasureUp have partnered to bring you three VMware VCP Preparation Bundles that provide a 20% savings on the official VMware Certified Professional (VCP) practice test from MeasureUp, along with a VCP exam voucher.

These practice exams can be a valuable resource for helping you get ready for your VCP exam:

  • Each practice test includes over 200 mock questions.
  • Detailed explanations for both correct and distractor answers reinforce the study material.
  • Study Mode covers all exam objectives in-depth so you will be ready for any question on the exam.
  • Timed Certification Mode helps you prepare for exam taking conditions.
  • Instant drill-down score reports tell you exactly the areas you need to focus on.

Take advantage of this great bundle offer and become VMware certified today!

Tips and Hints on Preparing for VMware Certification Exams

It’s no secret that VMware Certifications require dedication.  Whether you’re just getting started with VCA or preparing for your VCDX defense, the first step is to commit to preparing for the exams.

Everyone has their own goals for obtaining VMware Certifications.  Some enjoy the challenge of keeping their skills sharp and relevant in this fast-paced and ever-changing technology landscape.  Others seek to advance their careers or open up new opportunities. Still others may solely seek the personal satisfaction of the accomplishment.

Whatever your reason may be, we’re here to help you get started.  Benjamin Franklin once warned, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” So let’s jump in.

In this video, Linus Bourque, VMware Certified Instructor, provides guidance on how to prepare for your VMware Certification exam, regardless of which exam you plan to take.

Linus walks through the following recommendations for how to prepare:

  • Set a schedule – plan ahead, rather than trying to cram
  • Set up a lab – the practice will give you a chance to apply your knowledge
  • Study with partners – discussions will aid in understanding
  • Tap into available resources:
    • VMware Certification Forums
    • Free practice exams & exam demos
    • Use your reference materials:
      • Exam Blueprint
      • Training courseware manuals
      • Review appropriate vSphere documentation
      • VMware Press Official Cert Guides
      • Watch free, online instructional videos
      • Hone your skills with Hands On Practice

In addition to leveraging the community in VMware Certification forums for help, study tips and program questions; we suggest that you take advantage of our strong community of certification holders.  Having been through the process, they offer a wealth of excellent insight on how to succeed.  This month, we highlight advice from Ray Heffer, VCDX #122.

In these blog posts, Ray recounts the experience of working to achieve VCDX and offers tips for those looking to achieve a similar goal:

Read Part 1 of Ray’s VCDX Preparation & Tips*

Read Part 2 of Ray’s VCDX Preparation & Tips*

We hope these hints help you get started on your path to certification!

* The views expressed in these blog posts and comments of this blog do not reflect the positions or opinions of VMware. The views and technical information are solely those of the owner and have not been validated by VMware.