Up to now, VMware certification names have aligned to major product releases (for example, VCP6.5-DCV is mapped to vSphere 6.5). This has introduced some challenges as VMware product versions have become more disparate. For example:


  • Different product versions create inconsistencies across tracks.
    • Example: What do we name a certification that may be based on NSX-T 2.x?


  • Varying release dates of certifications based on product versions makes it harder to plan when to certify.
    • Example: When will the next version be available, and on what product version?


To help resolve these inconsistencies and make it easier to identify the most recent certification version, the VMware certification program is making some changes. Moving forward, we will identify new certifications by the year they are earned. This will make it easier for both certification holders and potential employers to immediately identify how current a certification is.


For example:

Instead of: VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 7 (VCP7-DTM)

The new release is: VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2018 (VCP-DTM 2018)


This new naming will begin now, in August 2018, starting with the certifications listed below. This will not affect the naming of any existing certifications and is not retroactive.


With the new naming, we are also able to release certifications on a predictable, annual schedule:


  • Jan 1: All VCP certifications
  • Mar 1: All VCAP Design certifications
  • May 1: All VCAP Deploy certifications
  • VCDX certification updates will follow VCAP releases


The Year Makes It Clear. We are excited to release these new certifications below with the new naming, available for new candidates and those needing to recertify or upgrade:


  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2018 (VCP-DTM 2018)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Virtualization Deploy (VCAP-DCV 2018 Deploy)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Management and Automation Deploy (VCAP-CMA 2018 Deploy)


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