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Answering Questions About Certification Inheritance

VCAPThere have been questions regarding our “inheritance” policy – if candidates who earn a second VCAP in a different technology track would “inherit” the VCP in that same track automatically. We wanted to explain our policy and how we arrived at it to give you some insight into the program.

We met with several groups, including our VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) Advisory Council, key stakeholders, and customers at our recent VMworld event, and discussed what had been done in the past, and what would be the best option for the program moving forward. A key outcome of these discussions is the understanding that each individual certification covers a unique set of knowledge and skills.

Even though a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is a higher level certification than VMware Certified Professional (VCP), you are tested on knowledge and skills in the VCP that you are not tested on at the VCAP level, and vice versa. In other words, the two certifications actually validate a different set of skills and knowledge, not simply a more advanced understanding of the same skills.

Based on this, we will not implement “inheritance” when crossing solution tracks. Or more plainly, earning VCAP6 will not automatically earn you a VCP6.

As you know, there are a lot of options to move up and across in our certification program. Here are some of the more common scenarios impacted by this policy.

Scenario #1 – If you are a VCAP5 and want to become a VCAP6 in a different track

  • You must first earn your VCP6 in the new track
  • Then you can earn the VCAP6

Scenario #2 – If you are a VCAP5 and want to become a VCAP6 in the same track

  • You must pass the VCAP6 exam
  • You will not inherit the VCP6 for that track

Scenario #3 – If you are a VCP5 and want to become a VCAP6 in a different track

  • You must earn VCP6 for that track first
  • Then you can go on to earn the VCAP6

In all cases above where a VCP is required first, you must follow the Current VCP or Expired VCP path listed on the certification program web page, depending on which one fits your situation.

We welcome your feedback and thoughts on this policy. Please comment below or email our team.


8 comments have been added so far

  1. Hi,

    I do have VCP6.5 DCV and VCAP5-DCA. I want to pursuit VCAP6.5-Design or VCAP 6.5 -2019 Design. If i just do the VCAP6.5 Design exam, will i be granted as VCAP Design and VCIX-DCV?


  2. If I have VCP6-DCV, can I take VCAP-DCV Design 2019 directly ?
    Do I need to take VCP-DCV 2019 again and then take VCAP-DCV Design 2019 exam ?

    1. Hi Thandar, to earn the current VCAP-DCV Design 2020, you need to have one of the most recent two versions of the certification, which includes the VCP-DCV 2019 or VCP-DCV 2020.


      1. Hello Karl,

        One quick question, i already booked the VCAP-DCV Design 2020 having only the VCP6-DCV. If i approve the exam, will the Certication be displayed on the Certification Manager or i first need to upgrade the VCP6-DCV in order to see it?


        1. Hi Leandro, you will need to upgrade the VCP before the certification is awarded in Certification Manager. However, you can still take the VCAP exam before upgrading the VCP, and still earn it once all the requirements are met. We don’t dictate the order you meet the requirements.

          Best of luck!

  3. Hello,

    I did VCAP-NV 3v0-41.19 exam last year after taking the NSX-T DC 2.4 Design Training. I did not receive the certification since I had not achieved the VCP-NV certification.
    I have done VCP-NV 2021 this year and received the VCP-NV certification. I have not received the VCAP-NV certification. Do I need to take the new VCAP-NV exam?

    1. Hi Brian, with the new 2021 certification version, the 3V0-41.19 exam was no longer accepted, as it was retired last year. You will have to pass the newer exam based on NSX-T Data Center 3.x. Sorry…I know that’s an additional step from what you were expecting.


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