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Reminder: VCP5-DCV Retirement Date is Approaching

VCP-DCVLast October I told you that the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) certification exams would be retiring this month. I just wanted to remind everyone of these important dates:

  • Last date for new registrations: March 15, 2017
  • Last date for exam appointments: March 31, 2017

This retirement affects both the VCP5-DCV Exam (VCP550) and the VCP5-DCV Delta Exam (VCP550D).

Don’t miss this last chance. If you’ve been planning on earning the VCP5-DCV, register now!

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Karl Childs

About Karl Childs

Karl Childs is a Senior Manager with VMware Education Services. He has 20+ years experience in IT Education and Certification, working with global companies such as HP, Novell, and MCI. While his background is in Instructional Technology and Training Development, he enjoys applying those skills within the IT and software industry.

7 thoughts on “Reminder: VCP5-DCV Retirement Date is Approaching

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  2. Jerry

    Allowed to do the same cert if it’s due for renewal this month? Some candidates may have been and are still working with VCP5.5 and would find it earlsier to pass an exam for the technologies they are already very familiar with. Just trying to understand how recertification is related to exam retake policy which says you cannot sit an exam you’ve already passed.
    The system does appear to allow exam bookings for an exam you’ve taken in the past, so do results get invalidated if this goes against if your answer is not in the affirmative?

    1. Karl ChildsKarl Childs Post author

      Hi Jerry,

      If you have earned a certification with a particular exam, that same exam is not allowed to count for recertification. There are other options you can take: pass the new version for vSphere 6.0, earn a higher-level VCAP exam, or pass a VCP exam in another domain, such as networking or cloud. Any of those will reset your expiration date and provide you another two years. Even though you may still be focused on vSphere 5.5, it provides an opportunity for you to upgrade your skills, expand your knowledge, and be able to help lead or support the transition to new versions when it happens.

      Since there are many different situations for our candidates, we cannot restrict exam registrations. There are too many variables that we inadvertently hurt some candidates when we restrict registrations.


  3. Ulisses Souza

    You guys created a mess for us for not been clear about all those dates. I believe on purpose to push us back to the expensive official courses! I checked that my certifications would expire on the 17th March, 2017. I booked my exam 2V0-621D – VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam – English (ENU) for March the 10th on February 23, 2017 as you can see below, then I pass the exam to discover that my certifications expired on the 6th??? So, why your system allowed me book to the exam? To force me to pay for nothing? That is very disappointing for a company like VMware. I am sorry my relation with this company ends like that.

    Appointment Details

    Order Number: ‎0039-6534-7738‎

    2V0-621D – VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam – English (ENU)

    Ulisses V

    ‎Friday, March 10, 2017‎
    ‎2:15 PM‎ (Time shown is test center local time.)‎
    Appointment Length:
    ‎105‎ Minutes‎

    Test Center Location (Directions shown below)

    1. Karl ChildsKarl Childs Post author

      Hi Ulisses,

      We cannot restrict when candidates apply for exams at Pearson. There are so many variables with the different situations that candidates fall into, that we need to provide the opportunity for candidates to take exams per their desired order and timing. It is good that you checked your expiration dates, and that is what got me worried. I want to make sure that whatever mechanism you used to check your retirement date, that it showed you correct information, but it sounds like it may not have. Did you send a request to certification@vmware.com to confirm? I would like to make sure we provide accurate information.


  4. Thiago

    Hello Karl

    I did attended VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] training back in 2012 but I did not take the exam. Currently I’m willing to apply for the exam VCP, however since the official training is required and I no longer can register for the exam due the long time of my training I’m not sure which path I should follow. Can I take the vSphere: What’s New [V4.X to V5.5]?

    Appreciate your response.

  5. Khaled

    Hi Karl,
    I have VCP550PSE exam booked on the 29th April 2017.
    If i pass the exam, will i still get the certificate?
    Please let me know ASAP
    Thanks and regards

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