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Which Version is Right for Me: VCP6-DCV or VCP6.5-DCV?

With our launch of the new VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV), I have been asked the question: “Which should I earn: the VCP6 or VCP6.5?” Since this is the first time we’ve had a .5 certification release, it’s a fair question. Regardless of whether you’re a new VCP candidate or recertifying, which one makes the most sense to earn?

To help answer the question, I am going to ask you a few questions. Your answers may help guide the right choice for you:


Which version of vSphere is your organization using?

This might seem obvious, but depending on your role, it is important that you have the skills required to manage the vSphere implementation that is in place. If you’re running vSphere 6, it makes sense to show your skills on vSphere 6.

But if you help with the planning, design, implementation, and/or migration to a new version, and your company has plans to migrate to vSphere 6.5, then it makes sense to look ahead and train and test on the vSphere 6.5 solutions.


When do you think you will be taking your next exam?

If you regularly take certification exams, you may want to follow the natural progression between versions and start with VCP6 and then move to VCP6.5 later on. That way you’ll have both certification versions. If two years or more go by between taking VCP exams, you may want to start with VCP6.5, which will have a longer “shelf life” from today.


Are you required to be certified as a VMware partner?

Sometimes compliance requirements dictate that you hold the most current certification. If you work for an organization where your certification helps maintain partner status, you may want to earn the VCP6.5 so it counts for a longer time (simply by the fact it’s a newer certification.)


Do you like to have all versions of a certification?

Certifications show your expertise and how current that expertise is. If you want to show how relevant your expertise is by earning both versions, start with VCP6 and then upgrade to VCP6.5 – it’s a shorter path to both certifications that way.

Ultimately, of course, it is up to you. Both certifications are unique and both are good for two years. Whichever your choice is, I wish you the best of luck on your certification journey.


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8 comments have been added so far

  1. Hi,

    its still unclear to me if i can go from my current VCP5-DCV (took VCP550D) to take the 2V0-622D to stay certified ?

  2. i have VCP5.5-DCV; by vmware so called expired. in the note i saw you must do the whole recert track, that means the $$ class and the two $$ exams. why is the line drawed with current and the older 5 certification. my opinion is keep it equal for those who want to delta upgrade from 5 to 6: for years i’m working with vmware products and complained also about the change and now there is a decission and some 5 cert. reconized in it.

    1. Hi Carlos, that changed today. With your VCP5-DCV (having taken the vSphere 5.5 exam), you can directly upgrade to the most current certification with a single exam. Your certification is active again…you do not need to take training (though it’s recommended) or the Foundations exam to upgrade.


  3. Currently i am vcp6-dcv certified and will expire within 28 Feb 2019. Now i want to upgrade and decided to take VCP6-NV. Then i want to go with VCAP 6.5 data center. Please suggest.

    1. Hi, upgrading to VCP-NV is a great path. Having multiple VCPs across different tracks shows your expertise across VMware solutions.

      To earn your first VCAP, you will need to have the prerequisite VCP in the same or newer version. For example, to earn the VCAP6.5, you will need the VCP6.5-DCV.


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