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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 works for VMware partner Pomeroy as a National Solutions Architect for Virtualization and Enterprise Design, living in Minneapolis, MN. In his day-to-day work, his role doesn’t expose him to everything he would necessarily learn for an exam, so he finds the exams to be an incredibly useful tool for maintaining his knowledge.

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

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

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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.

New Recertification Policy Offers Growth Opportunities

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.

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

 

 

Online Certificates and VMware Press Discounts for VMware Certified Professionals

Wait and labor no longer ­– now you can show off your certification the minute you receive it. Print it, hang it, share it with your online community. If you tag us (@vmwareeducation) on Instagram, you may even be featured.

Download a print-ready certificate for your VCA, VCP, VCAP, or VCDX right from your online transcript page at vmware.com/certification. The new e-version replaces the old, physical mailings. Electronic delivery of your certificate is faster, convenient, and eco-friendly!

As a bonus, we’re now offering VMware Certified professionals 30 percent off all VMware Press products, including books, certification and study guides, video training and learning tools. Check out vmwarepress.com and enter the discount code VMWARECERT at checkout.

Four New Certification Videos Available

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To help you understand the content and requirements for VMware certification we have just released three new overview videos:

And to help you get ready to pass the exam, we’ve also put together some recommended study tips and best practices from our instructors: How to Prepare for VMware Certification Exams.

New vSphere 5.5 Based Exam for VCP5-DCV Available

We have released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) Certification.

This new exam (exam code VCP550) is based on vSphere v5.5, where the existing exam (exam code VCP510) is based on vSphere 5.0/5.1.

Passing either of these exams will earn VCP5-DCV certification if you have also taken an approved qualifying course.

Download the exam blueprint or request exam authorization here.