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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.

New Certification & Exams: VCP6.5-DCV

VMW-LGO-CERT-PRO-6.5-DATA-CTR-VIRTIntroducing a new certification: VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)

VMware vSphere 6.5 enables companies to accelerate their digital transformation to cloud computing and introduces a number of new features and capabilities that increases business agility. With that much change, this new certification provides you an opportunity to prove your expertise in the latest version of the industry-leading virtualization platform.

For those who already have your VCP, this new VCP provides a new path and recertification opportunity.

There are three exams associated with this new certification:

  1. vSphere 6.5 Foundations (exam # 2V0-602)
          Ed. note: registration for this exam opens on 4/24/17
  2. VCP6.5-DCV elective exam (exam # 2V0-622)
  3. VCP6.5-DCV delta exam (exam # 2V0-622D)

More details on the certification requirements, and the specific exam objectives can be found at the links above.

Introducing the Next Generation of Testing at VMware

Written by Guest Author Lourdes Soler 

Over the past year, the VMware certification team has been hard at work making enhancements to our development processes, exams, and delivery infrastructure. Since many of these changes are behind the scenes and not immediately apparent, we are going to begin telling you about what these changes are and how they will improve your certification experience.

For example, what if I told you that you didn’t have to wait for weeks to receive your beta exam results and subsequent certification status update, but could receive your score immediately?

How It Works

With the traditional beta exam process, all test-level and individual question-level analyses occurred after the beta period ended, which meant candidates had to wait until after the final production exam launched before receiving their beta exam results.

With our new process, under the direction of a trained measurement specialist (more formally referred to as a psychometrician), Subject Matter Experts participate in a rigorous process (called the standard setting process) before the exam release to ultimately select the best set of questions for inclusion in the exam and determine an appropriate pass score. This means that test candidates can walk away with their exam results at the end of their testing event.

The Benefits

Other than the immediate scoring, benefits include:

  • Less time burden: With traditional beta exams, candidates must sit through and answer the entire pool of questions, even taking time to answer questions that do not make it into the final exam. With our new process, candidates are presented with a subset of questions that were considered valid during the standard setting process, providing a shorter exam time compared to past beta exams.
  • No blackout period for analysis: With traditional betas, analysis begins after the beta period closes and a blackout period is instituted, during which candidates are unable to register for or take the exam. The blackout period was needed to review and analyze question and exam data and participant comments to determine which items will appear on the final production exam. Depending on the amount of data to be analyzed and the time needed to construct the production exam, this blackout period could take from 6 to 10 weeks. Because all of this analysis will now be done before exam launch, there will no longer be a blackout period.
  • No retake restriction: Traditional beta exams can only be taken once by each candidate. With production exams, candidates can retake exams under the standard retake policy.
  • No risk for recertification: With traditional betas, if taken for recertification purposes, scoring may not be completed before an individual’s recertification deadline and certification status could be in jeopardy. Candidates would need to plan accordingly and allow enough lead-time to retake the exam after they receive their results, in case they did not pass, or pursue an alternate route to recertification. With the immediate scoring factor, this is no longer an issue.
  • No “set-it-and-forget-it” mode: In the case of traditional beta exams, there is one health check done during the post-beta analyses. Now, since every effort is taken ahead of time to eliminate questions that are ambiguous, too easy, too difficult, or just bad, there is increased confidence in the quality of the content. Even so, VMware will still conduct periodic exam health checks throughout the life of the exam and make improvements as needed.

Keep an eye out for future blog posts describing further program enhancements and improvements.

Certification Exam Price Increase on April 1

As of April 1, 2017, VMware certification exam prices will change.

What’s Changing

Our baseline exam prices have remained steady for the last three years (except for adjustments based on global exchange rates). To continue providing exceptional service and outstanding offerings, we will adjust certification exam prices as follows:

VMware Certified Associate (VCA) and vSphere Foundations (online, non-proctored) exams $125
VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exams $250
VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams $450
VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) – $995 application + $3000 defense
– $900 for a second or third VCDX, or [UPDATE] for a remote re-defense

To take advantage of current pricing: register for your exam, or buy an exam voucher (for VCA, VCP, and VCAP exams) before March 31, 2017. Vouchers purchased before April 1 will still apply the full price of an exam after the price increase goes into effect.

Please note that the prices listed above are for developed countries. Beginning on April 1, alternate pricing will be available for developing countries through the Pearson VUE web site.

[UPDATE] For VCDX candidates applying in March or June, for a defense in May or August, we will honor the original price of $300 (application fee) and $900 (defense fee). For those applying in June (for the August defense), they must submit their intent to apply here by April 1.

Why We’re Making this Change

As mentioned above, VMware has not changed prices for certification exams in over three years. VMware Certification is priced lower than competing programs and will continue to be, even with the new pricing model. The change brings us in line with market rates, and allows us to continue improving the program and the exam development process, and bring you new benefits such as digital badging and increased capabilities within VMware Certification Manager.

We recognize that the increase for the VCDX program is not insignificant. This change enables us to strengthen the program, bringing it, and the VCDX Community, more recognition among key industry influencers. We continue to look at adding benefits and programs for the current and future VCDX community such as Town Halls, workshops, etc. We are also finding ways to recognize our VCDX panelists who commit a tremendous amount of their own time and resources to support the program.

These price changes allow us to reinvest and drive industry recognition of the value that VMware Certified employees at all levels bring to their organizations.

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!

VCP7-DTM Exam Available for Registration

VCP7-DTMDue to the ongoing efforts of our extended certification team while many people were enjoying year-end vacations, today we released the VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM) certification exam.

Earning your VCP7-DTM validates your skills and abilities installing, configuring and administering a VMware Horizon View® environment. The exam (#2V0-751) is now available for registration at Pearson Vue.

If you took the beta version of this exam last fall, you should have your results by the end of the month.

As always, huge thanks to everyone who helped develop and refine this exam.

2nd Exam Option Available for VCP6-NV Certification

VCP-NVI am pleased to release the latest exam for VCP6-NV based on VMware NSX v6.2. This new exam (#2V0-642) gives you a second option for earning your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization certification.

Thank you to all of the exam developers, item writers, and beta exam tester who helped create this exam. If you took the beta exam, your results should be reflected in your transcript by the end of the month.

With the release of this new exam, we are also announcing the retirement of the older VCP6-NV exam (#2V0-641) on April 30, 2017. If you have been preparing for that version of the exam please make sure you schedule your test date prior to then.

VCP6-DCV Beta Exam on vSphere 6.5 Open for Registration

VCP-DCVLast month I announced the availability of the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Beta exam, and now I’m happy to announce that we are working on a vSphere 6.5 based exam to meet the second exam requirement for VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV).

The VCP6-DCV (v6.5) Beta Exam (exam code 2V0-622) is now open for registration. As with the Foundations exam, we expect this beta exam to be very popular, and only available for a short amount of time. If you are interested in participating, I recommend you register as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the Newest VCDXs!

VCDX merch

I am very happy to officially announce the names of everyone who achieved VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification in the past six months.

VCDX is the highest level of certification offered by VMware and is achieved through the unique application and design defense process. All VCDXs have submitted and successfully defended a production-ready VMware Solution before a panel of veteran VCDX holders. This process ensures that those who achieve VCDX status are peer-vetted and ready to join an elite group of world-class consulting architects.

You can learn more about these new VCDXs, and all the others in the Official VCDX Directory.

Congratulations to you all!

VCDX5-DCV

  • David Burton, #224
  • Kiran Reid, #225
  • Ron Wedel, #227
  • Frank Schaller, #231
  • Jeff Wong, #232
  • Paul McSharry, #234
  • Daniël Zuthof, #235
  • Melissa Palmer, #236
  • Rebecca Fitzhugh, #243
  • Paul Cradduck, #244
  • John Kozej, #245

VCDX-CMA

  • Thomas Bright, #228
  • Grant Orchard, #233
  • Andrea Siviero, #240
  • Mohammed Salem, #241

VCDX-DTM

  • Johan van Amersfoort, #238

VCDX-NV

  • Johnathon Whitman, #226
  • Dillon Doxey, #229
  • Sjors Robroek, #237
  • Jason Karnes, #239
  • Brian Hestehave, #242

Multiple VCDXs

  • Kalen Arndt, #132, now holds VCDX-DTM, VCDX-DCV, and VCDX-NV
  • Rene van den Bedem, #133 now holds VCDX-CMA, VCDX-DCV, and VCDX-NV
  • Lior Kamrat, #230 earned both VCDX-CMA and VCDX5-DCV certification

Help Finalize the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam

Ever since VMware vSphere® 6.5 was released in October, we’ve been working on new certification exams to go with it.

The first exam to be updated is the vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam, which is one of two exams required to earn a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification. A beta version of the exam (#2V1-602) is now open for registration.

We expect this beta exam to be a popular one, so I strongly recommend you register as soon as possible if you are interested in participating.

VCDX6-DCV Application & Blueprint Now Available

VCDX merchYou’ve been waiting…and it’s here!

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification, recognizing an elite group of design architects who have demonstrated exceptional skills in VMware enterprise deployments.

Earning your VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCDX6-DCV) certification proves that you can deliver true business value by enabling the best performance, availability, and efficiency from your vSphere6.x based infrastructure and applications.

There are three documents available to help you on your path to VCDX certification:

View the current schedule of application deadlines and defense dates and start planning today.

Note: you may still submit for the VCDX5-DCV for an additional two cycles, through June 2017. More information and details will be posted on the Policies page.