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Migration Paths from v5 Certification to v6

A few weeks ago we announced the new roadmap of version 6 certifications, and mentioned that there would be migration paths for those who held certifications on the previous version. Here is more about those migration paths.

  • Upgrading from VCP5 to VCP6: Only one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended).
      • There will be five VCP6 migration options across the four technology tracks: Data Center Virtualization (DCV), Desktop and Mobility (DTM), Cloud Management and Automation (CMA), and Network Virtulization (NV):
        • VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-621) – Beta Coming Soon!
        • VCP6: Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam (exam number: 2V0-621D) – Beta Coming Soon!
        • VCP6: Desktop & Mobility Exam (exam number: 2V0-651) – Coming Soon!
        • VCP6: Cloud Management and Automation Exam (exam number: 2V0-631) – Coming Soon!
        • VCP6: Network Virtualization Exam (exam number: 2V0-641) – Coming Soon!
    • If you hold one of the following v6 certifications you will be automatically migrated to the equivalent new VCP6 certification:
      • VCP6-Cloud = VCP6-Cloud Management and Automation
      • VCP6-Desktop = VCP6-Desktop and Mobility
      • VCP-Network Virtualization = VCP6–Network Virtualization
  • Upgrading to VCIX6: For anyone certified as a VCAP5 one exam is required. There is no course attendance required (but it is recommended).
      • We are still working on the VCIX6 exams, so some of the details are pending, but I can provide you with this information:
        • If you hold either a VCAP Administration or Design certification, you will be given credit towards the corresponding VCIX6 requirement for that track, so you only need to take the other VCIX6 exam (the one that you have not earned). For instance, if you have a VCAP5-DCA then you would only need to take the VCIX6 Data Center Design exam to earn your VCIX6-DCV.
        • If you hold both VCAP Design and VCAP Admin certifications for a certification track you can take either the VCIX6 Design exam or the VCIX6 Admin exam in order to upgrade to the new VCIX6 credential for your technology track (this policy was updated based upon your feedback belowthank you!).
        • If you hold a VCIX-NV certification you will be automatically migrated to VCIX6-NV.
  • Upgrading to VCDX6: If you hold a VCDX5, you will only need to take the VCIX6 Design exam in the corresponding solution track.

Obviously there are a lot of possible certification combinations so I can’t cover them all in a single post. In general, our stance is that once you are certified, we want to make a readily available path for you, to help you stay up-to-date and current on your certifications.

Once the new certifications are released, more specific information on migration paths will be made available. Please sign up to be notified when they are released.

Thank you!,

Paul Sorensen

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67 thoughts on “Migration Paths from v5 Certification to v6

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  2. Josh Sims

    Hello I see that if you have a VCAP-DCA or DCD you will then take the opposite exam for the VCIX. What if you already have both DCA and DCD?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Great questions Josh.

      If you hold both VCAP-DCA and DCD you would take the new VCIX6 Design exam in order to upgrade to VCIX6 (the same as the VCDX path.

      Paul Sorensen

      1. Forbes Guthrie

        Not sure this makes sense with the other rules you’ve laid out. If you already hold just the VCAP-DCD, you can take the v6 Admin exam and qualify as VCIX. So if you hold both, but prefer to take the v6 Admin then surely you’d qualify.
        I think most people that have both, myself included, would rather take the admin exam as there’s likely more changed between admin versions and it’s more relevant to the VCIX (Implementation!). It make a bit more sense to ask VCDXs to redo the design exam, but surely it makes more sense for VCIX (or the equivalent) to upgrade with the Admin exam.

        1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

          Hi Forbes,

          You make a good point, however the shorter nature, broader availability of the Design exams and the connection/lead-in to VCDX6, led us to choose the Design exam as the default upgrade path.

          However I will look into the logic to see whether we could add that in as an option: “Those who hold both could choose either Admin or Design to upgrade.” That sounds reasonable – let me check into whether the logic could handle that or if there are any other barriers. If we can give a choice we would like to do that.

          Thanks for the suggestion,

  3. The Hammer

    The design upgrade path makes more sense, especially if you are intending to pursue VCDX, however, if you have no plan to attain VCDX then I would conclude, 4hrs Admin Exam vs 2hrs Design Exam …hmmm.

    Also, If you already DCD then the new design exam should be OK for you. But I do see your point about the admin exam upgrade path. The point of the exam is not a wether you know the difference between version, but you are qualified to advanced level administration since you already hold VCAP you should have a solid background.

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Hammer, I mean “The Hammer”,

      I am going to look into whether we can make it so that someone that holds both VCAP Design and VCAP Administration could pass either the VCIX6 Design or VCIX Admin exam in order to upgrade.

      Thanks for your perspective on this1
      Paul Sorensen

  4. Jiri B.

    You say: “If you hold either a VCAP Administration or Design certification, you will be given credit towards the corresponding VCIX6 requirement for that track”. Does it mean that somebody with VCAP5-DCV after passing VCAP6-DCD would receive automatically also VCP6-DCV?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Jiri,

      As and example: If they hold a current VCAP Design credential, they would need to pass the VCIX6 Admin exam to be become a VCIX6 in that technology area.

      I hope that this helps,
      Paul Sorensen

  5. Frederi Mandin

    Concerning the VCP upgrade, does that mean that we still have to have a valid VCP5 (ie not expired) to upgrade to VCP6? Because you have pushed the deadline of most of these VCP5 to the 8th of May, but we still don’t have the ability to move directly to VCP6 right now, and we might not have the time if you push VCP6 exams close to that date.
    Thhans, Frederi

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Frederi,

      I anticipate that the exams will be available by mid-April so, you are correct the window will be very small.


  6. Mark

    Again, those of us with expiring certifications in the near-term need to know when these exams will be available so that we can plan and prepare accordingly.

    I need to know whether I need to plan on wasting my time taking the delta exam just to stay current or if I can focus on taking one of the new v6 exams.

    “Soon” doesn’t help – unless VMware is willing to keep my certification current because I’m going to take a v6 exam “soon.”

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Mark,

      We are still working on the exams and I don’t have exact dates yet. I anticipate that details and registration for the VCP exams will be available by mid-April. Some of the exams will be released as beta exam (as noted above), others will be live. Everyone is invited to participate in our betas or the live exams.

      I hope that this helps a little more than “soon”. It is the best that I can provide at this point.

      Paul Sorensen

      One more thing to add – if there is any doubt that your credential will expire then I would not wait to recertify.

  7. subodh

    If you hold a VCIX-NV certification you will be automatically migrated to VCIX6-NV.
    Does that means VMware is not releasing Design Exam for VCIX-NV.

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Subdoh,

      There is not currently a Design Exam for VCIXP-NV, and I don’t have more information on the plans for Design exam at this point.

      Paul Sorensen

  8. Mark

    What’s the difference between VCPN610 and 2V0-641?

    It looks like the official certification guide for VCPN610 isn’t out until this August (according to Amazon), yet the exam has already been superseded?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Mark,

      The content in the guide will still be relevant in preparing for the new exam. For VCP-NV its more of a branding change than a content change (consistency purposes). That is why people will be migrated automatically.

      Paul Sorensen

  9. John

    what does vmware release important information like this in small bites? Just tell us the when the new certification will released and upgrade path.

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi John,

      We are releasing the information as it firms up and becomes available. Otherwise I would have to wait longer to give you the information. If i waited to all of it to become available then who knows? That said, I anticipate that the new VCP exams will be available by mid-April. An official announcement will be coming when they are officially released. In the mean time we are going to continue to provide what we have.

      Thanks for your input!
      Paul Sorensen

  10. Eelco

    I already hold VCAP5-DCD and scheduled the VCAP5-DCA exam in April. When I scheduled the VCAP5-DCA exam none of this (end of VCAP, new VCIX) was publicly available. Is it possible to convert my scheduled VCAP5-DCA exam to the new VCIX6-DCA exam?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Eelco,

      I think that you can still cancel your registration with Pearson at this point. Then you can re-register when the new exam becomes available. You should check with Peason on that as the details of your registration are not available to me.


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  12. Howard R.

    VMware should consider extending the May 8 VCP5 expiration so that we can study and migrate to VCP6. What’s the point of taking the VCP5 Delta exam and then take the VCP6? So frustrated with deadline and rule that changes all the time. You are risking IT Professional loyalty who recommend your product. Maybe it’s time for me to to jump ship.

  13. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

    Hi Howard!

    Thanks for your comment! You are asking to extend the deadline but then say that you are frustrated with the changes – I’m confused! – just teasing you a little 😉

    Actually, this is the first time that we have extended the deadline (we announced over a year agao) and we are not planning to do it again. I expect the VCP6 exams listed above to be released (along with all of the related details) by mid-April. That won’t give you much time to certify on 6 prior to the deanline, so watch on the blog and website closely.

    Thanks you!
    Paul Sorensen

    1. Matthew Graci

      I agree with Howard. Why not extend the deadline so that we can upgrade our VCP-5 to VCP-6. I cannot understand why you would force VCP-5 to take a delta test when the goal is to get certified on the latest version (VCP-6), which hasn’t been released yet and won’t give enough time to meet the deadline.


  14. Bob Mclane

    Hi Paul,
    So I’ve just passed my VCP550D (5.5 Delta) exam, for me to upgrade my certification later to VCP6 do I have to take the VCP 6 Data Center Visualization Exam or the Data Center Visualization “Delta” Exam?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Bob,

      One you passed the delta exam you essentially reset the clock on your personal recertification time-frame. So you will have 24 months before you are required to do something. When you want to upgrade to VCP6-DCV exam or the VCP6-DCV Delta exam. Your choice. The Delta exam is a little shorter, so it might be a preferable route.

      I hope this answers your question.
      Paul Sorensen

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  16. Dong

    I want to know the difference of hold one and two VCAPs ? why i still do same thing as hold one VCAP ? !
    In our country to participate in the Advanced exam is very difficult, only a few individual cities have test center. I must wast a lot of time and money to take the exam.

    If i have three certifications VCIX-NV and VCAP5-DCA/DCD , i still follow the up policy ?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Dong,

      I’m not sure that I understand your question, but I will try to answer – holding multiple certifications would show that you have the knowledge and skills in different technologies or different job roles in the same technology. The two parameters would be Technology area and Job role (or multiple area/role if you have certifications in multiple technologies and roles).

      I hope that makes sense.
      Thank you!
      Paul Sorensen

      1. Dong

        If I have one VCAP certification, I do not need to take the corresponding exam and only take the another one.
        But if i have two VCAP, I must take one corresponding exam. the only plus I have the choice of which of the VCIX exams to take ??????!!!!!!!!!! I want know if this will be free or VMware will offer voucher?

        The very very pool network can make people crazy, and need travel many times as necessary to complete the admin exam. I would also like to know how many test centers will can take the Design exam.

        as you post (this policy was updated based upon your feedback below – thank you!). but as you reply, this policy has been determined, no discussion need. Why do we need feedback ?

        1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

          Hi Dong,

          Yes if you hold both VCAPs for a technology you have a choice to take either VCIX6 exam (Development or Admin) in order to upgrade to the new VCIX6 version. In the second part of your post I don’t understand – are you suggesting that you get an upgrade from your older VCAP certifications to version 6 automatically? That does not sound like a very fair or likely migration path, I’m sorry. Also, I don’t understand the last part of your post – After this post came out we looked at feedback from “Forbes” and “The Hammer” and tweaked the policy slightly. I thought that their ideas were very good.

          Thanks for your feedback!
          Paul Sorensen

          1. Dong

            I did not ask automatically upgrade.

            Anybody have one VCAP certification,they do not need to take the corresponding exam and only take the another one. I think vmware mean that the older VCAP certifications can substitute the version 6 exam (Development or Admin), so i think who have two older VCAP will not need to take the both.
            if somebody have two VCAP must take one of the version 6 exam (Development or Admin), who have only one VCAP must take both version 6 exam.
            And if anybody have one VCAP certification only need to take one exam, who have two VCAPs should upgrade to the new VCIX6 version with other path. because their older VCAPs can substitute both the version 6 exam (Development and Admin). maybe like VCDX5 upgrading to VCDX6, they only need to take lower level exam, one of the VCP exam.

            If the final Migration Paths as described above, I will not upgrade my VCAPs to VCIX and take any VMware’s certification unless VMware bear all costs.
            Based on my personal experience, who has two VCAPs is absolutely no sense and in addition to a waste of money and time.

  17. Victor Wu

    I already hold both VCAP5-DCD and VCAP5-DCA certifications. I suggest that pass the VCIX6 Design exam or the VCIX6 Admin exam can upgrade to the new VCIX6 certifications.

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Victor,

      You are correct – we updated the blog post based upon feedback from you.

      To quote from above: “If you hold both VCAP Design and VCAP Admin certifications for a certification track you can take either the VCIX6 Design exam or the VCIX6 Admin exam in order to upgrade to the new VCIX6 credential for your technology track (this policy was updated based upon your feedback below – thank you!).”

      Thank you!
      Paul Sorensen

  18. Victor Wu

    And I hold VCP-Network Virtualization certificiation, according to above, VCP-Network Virtualization = VCP6–Network Virtualization, when will it active ?

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      HI Victor,

      It will become active shortly after we release the VCP6-NV certification publicly. I believe the release will be announced by mid-April.

      Paul Sorensen

  19. LEON

    VCAP DCA or DCD as long as if for a single certificate examination the missing parts can be upgraded to VCIX6, if at the same time with DCA and DCD also exam DCD.Or it is not to upgrade, I don’t agree with this kind of practice, obtain VCAP certificate is not a simple thing, spend a lot of money and time to get.I hope with DCA and DCD can be upgraded to VCIX6 directly.

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  21. Bala

    Hi, I am planning to take VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [5.5] the coming week i,e from March 31st -April 4th 2015 in Pune India . Will this be accepted as pre-requisite to write VCP-6.0 Exam .


    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      HI Bala,

      In order to certify on v6 you need to take a v6 course. However, there is a path for those in your situation. You would need to attend the “What’s New in vSphere 6” course to qualify for v6 certification. We have an On Demand course coming out that would fit that need really well. Additionally, you could earn your VCP5 and then upgrade to VCP6.

      Paul Sorensen

  22. Ariel Sanchez

    Hi Paul,

    I think you missed a spot when answering Jiri B.’s question. The question is: if you get the VCIX6, does that mean you automatically also get the VCP6 certification? Or would you need to take the VCP6 exam anyways?


    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Areil,

      I believe that if you jump diagonally and earn the VCIX6, you would be granted the VCP6 automatically (we call that inheritance). You would need to hold at least one VCP level in order to do that.


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  24. Paul Grevink

    Hi Paul,

    Very informative article, but a question remains; will there be a time limit for the various upgrades?
    For instance, my VCP5-DCV is valid through November 2016, so I can take the VCP6-DCV exam any time before the expiration date?

    VCAP5 exams do not come with an expiration date. So for instance, if you already own one or more VCAP5 certifications, you can take the VCIX6 exams any time, or will there be a grace period (just like the “old” VCP exams, before 2014)?

    Best regards,

    Paul Grevink

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Paul!

      Great question! Based upon what you said above you have until November 2016 until you have to do something. So, if I were you and you don’t want to upgrade to VCP6 earlier i would do it at that time.

      As for your question about VCAP, they don’t expire as long as you maintain an active VCP credential. If you are looking to upgrade to VCIX6 by leveraging your existing VCAP you will have plenty of time to do that. I don’t imagine however that we will keep that option around forever. I assume that at one point we will say that you have to pass both VCIXs in order to migrate, however I also suspect that we will give you plenty of notice before we take away that option. That should be a long while down the road, say 24 months at least?

      I hope that this helps!
      Paul Sorensen

  25. Lee Kong Wah

    If i pass my VCPN610 exam, will my VCP5-DCV be upgraded to VCP6?
    Or I will get VCP6-NV and remain VCP5-DCV.

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Lee,

      No, unfortunately each technology area is separate. You will only get VCP6-NV and remain a VCP5-DCV.

      Thanks for your question!
      Paul Sorensen

  26. Steve

    Thank you for coming up with a manageable upgrade path. This is fantastic news!

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      HI Steve,

      Thanks for your feedback! I like that word – “manageable” – we know its not easy, and never convenient, but we do try to to make it manageable. I’m going to use that in the future and claim credit for coming up with it 😉

      Paul Sorensen

  27. Richard Medel

    Sorry if this is a duplicate. If I currently hold a VMWare VCP 5.5 and VMWareNV6, will I be required to take a VMWare VCP course to get the VMWare VCP-DCV6? Thank you.

    1. Paul SorensenPaul Sorensen Post author

      Hi Richard – great question!

      If you are migrating from a previous version you will not be required to take a course. It is highly recommended but not required.

      Paul Sorensen

  28. Sean Masters

    My apologies if this was previously asked, didn’t find it in the comments:

    From VCP5 to VCP6-DCV, do we simply need the Delta (beta) exam, or do we need to renew on a VCP5 track and expand to VCP6-DCV through the Delta exam?

  29. Justin Mansfield

    Hi Paul,

    I am a current VCAP4 holder, does the single test policy apply to those with a VCAP4? Or is this exclusively for VCAP5 holders? I would like to know what I should be preparing for.

    If this does not apply to VCAP4 holders, will I at least be able to sit the exams without any course pre-requisites?

    Thanks for the post and the info!

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  32. Mazwi

    Good day
    I would like to get some clarity. I have passed the vcap 510 exam. Now for re-certification, do I need to do the 5.5 beta exam? I will not be doing vcap as yet, considering the 8 May deadline.

    1. Mazwi

      I meant, I will not be doing vcp6 as yet. So is my only other option the 5.5 beta exam? Besides doing another area, like Desktop.

  33. George

    Is there any informaton on when the VCIX6 exams will be ready for registration?

  34. Ahmed


    my certification scenario is i have completed my ICM tranining on vsphere 5.5
    5 days class training but i have not given the VCP550 Exam
    my question is i want to get certified on VCP6 DCV

    i don’t want to take any class room training, can you please advice me the migration
    path from VCP550 TO VCP6 DCV

    how many exams are required to pass and there exam code.

    Thank you

  35. Robert Bruce

    Trying to understand my next steeps. I will not have a retake of VCP 550, so it will expire on Friday. Can I still study and take the Delta Exam for 6 or do I need to just study for VCP6 and once it has been published go take the test to get my re-certified. Just trying to understand my options. Any idea when the Delta Exam 2V0-621D will expire, can I still take that exam if my VPC5 has expired? Any assistance here would be fantastic.

  36. Nick

    Please can you explain the difference between the two exams Network Virtualisation exams VCPN610 and 2V0-641 (beta)?
    Presumably passing either will get you a VCP6-NV certification? But with the beta youd have to wait a while for the beta period to end before getting a cert?

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