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Paul Sorensen

About Paul Sorensen

Paul has worked in the IT training and certification industry for over 18 years. He has a passion for online learning – particularly video-based training. He also enjoys engaging with customers in an effort to help them build and improve their careers through focused training, hands-on experience and certification.

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VCAP5 Exam Retirements

I’ve previously written about our VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams based on vSphere 5. Based on your feedback we modified our original retirement plan for these exams, to keep them live until after the release of the GA version of the VCAP6 exams.

I’m happy to say that those exams have been released, so we are going to move forward with retiring these older exams:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
    Exam #VDCA550
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
    Exam #VDCD550
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)
    Exam #VCXN610

We will stop taking new registrations for these exams after October 31, 2016. If you are making a new exam appointment, you must schedule it before November 30, 2016.

If you have specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

Update to VCIX Program

The VMware Certification Program is committed to helping candidates get the most value from their VMware certifications. As part of the enhancements we announced last December, we updated the program structure and paths to include VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 (VCIX6).

For candidates who earn both a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) Design and Administration/Deployment certification in the same technology track, the VCIX6 will be awarded as a special designation instead of a separate certification. This is a significant achievement, and we want to recognize those who earn both Design and Admin/Deploy certifications through a designation that can be shared and displayed for others and that allows us to combine credentials representing a complete overview of your advanced skills.

To upgrade from a VCAP5, complete the alternate VCAP6 certification. For instance, a VCAP5-DCA plus a VCAP6-DCV Design would earn you the VCIX6 designation.

The VCIX6 special designation will be complete within your certification transcript once it’s enabled within Certification Manager.

In the case of the Network Virtualization track there is not a Design exam available at this point so you will earn the VCIX6 designation by achieving the VCAP6-NV Deploy certification only.

VCAP6-DTM Design Exam Now Available


Last month I announced the availability of the first three VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) certifications. Today I get to announce a fourth one:

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP6-DTM Design)

You can now schedule the exam for any date after August 22, 2016 at participating PearsonVue testing centers. This exam will also be offered for 50% off at the onsite Certification Exam Center at VMworld 2016 (US and Europe).

We are currently working through the beta exam rescore process now, and expect to have test scores out by the beginning of September.

VCAP6 Deployment Beta Exams: Expanded and Extended!

Updated on July 28th, 2016

Hi Everyone,

Here is an update on the lab exam beta availability.

Beta exam has closed for:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment Beta Exam (3V0-623) has concluded.

Beta exams are still open for:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Network Virtualization Deployment Beta Exam (3V0-643)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation Deployment Beta Exam (3V0-633)

We still need a few more people to participate in the NV and Cloud lab betas, so please hurry! You can still register through the links below!

Thanks and best of luck!

Paul Sorensen


Updated on July 6, 2016

Hi Everyone,

We have expanded the availability of the lab exams again today. Pearson Vue has opened up the VCAP6 Deployment Lab exams in roughly 75 centers in Asia Pacific and Japan and in 32 centers in Central and South America. If you have been waiting to take one of the beta exams please visit the registration links below and look for a testing center in your area. Slots are limited but we still need additional people to take the betas. Please consider participating by getting registered now.

Also, please remember to carefully review the  VMware Certification Platform Interface User Interface Guide prior to taking the exam. It will save you time and effort on your test day.

Thanks and good luck!

Paul Sorensen


Hi Everyone,VCAP Beta Expanded and Extended!

I have good news to share with you: The VCAP6 Deployment beta exams are being extended to additional Pearson Vue centers in North America and expanded to roughly 175 centers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, the beta end-date has been moved out to July 13.

We still need people to take the beta exams so please click on the registration links below to get more information (available locations, dates, times) and to register using the beta discount.

We will continue to work closely with Pearson Vue to monitor and evaluate the performance of the beta exams and will take further action to expand the number of sites as the beta continues to go well.

One important note: to help people with the new interface and delivery platform we created the VMware Certification Platform Interface User Interface Guide. Among other things this guide will help you optimize the interface layout (when you take the exam) and make you aware of some security-related keystroke limitations (restricted in the Pearson VUE Centers). Please be sure to review at this guide before you take the test.

Thank you and good luck on your test!

Paul Sorensen

VCAP6-DTM Deployment Exam Available

VCAPLast week I told you about two new VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) exams that we released. Today, I’m happy to announce a third new exam:

VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Deployment Exam

This exam can now be scheduled and taken at any participating PearsonVue testing center, including the onsite Certification Exam Center at VMworld 2016 (US and Europe).

As always, we want to thank everyone who helped develop this exam by taking the beta version. We are working on the beta rescore process now and expect to have your test score out to you by the end of August.

2 VCAP Design Certification Exams Available

VCAPToday we released the live (aka “GA”) versions of two of our VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 (VCAP6) exams:

These exams can now be scheduled and taken at any participating PearsonVue testing center. They will also be offered in the onsite Certification Exam Center at VMworld 2016 (US and Europe) for 50% off.

We want to thank our VMware Certified community for helping us produce these exams by participating on job analysis and question writing panels, and by taking the beta version of the exam. For those of you who participated in the beta process, we are currently rescoring those results and expect to have your score out to you by the middle of August.


VCAP6 Deployment Lab Beta Exams: Register Now!

Hi Everyone,

I am really excited to announce that registration for the the new VCAP6 Deployment Labs is available now through Pearson Vue, with a first appointment date of June 15, 2016.

The following Lab Exams are available now for registration:

Pre-Registration Notice – Limited-time Availability

This is a very special beta – the Pearson Vue platform and channel are both new – so we will be rolling the beta out in stages. The betas will be available for very limited time (only two weeks), limited to certain geographies (initially North America) and limited to certain testing centers (with proven bandwidth). Pearson Vue and VMware will be monitoring performance carefully and will expand or contract the beta as results come in.

Benefits of taking a VCAP6 Beta Exam?

  • Opportunity to be the first to preview and experience the new Pearson Vue testing engine.
  • Discount exam price – Beta exams are only $100 USD.
  • Become one of the first to experience the new lab exams and become VCAP6 *certified!
  • Identify your strengths and weaknesses in the exam content at a significant discount.
  • Recertify by *upgrading to VCAP6.

We need experienced and qualified people to participate early and provide feedback. Some of you have been waiting a long time for the release of the VCAP6 Lab exams – here is your chance!

One last note – this post is a pre-registration notice and our marketing team won’t be sending out notices or updating the webpages until early next week. If you see something on the certification web page that has not been updated don’t be alarmed, just check back again early next week.

As always thank you and good luck on your test!

Paul Sorensen

*You all must meet pre-requisites and pass the beta exam in order to become certified

VCAP5 Exam Retirements Suspended – Registration Remains Open

VCAPSince we announced the retirement of the remaining VCAP5 exams in late March, we have heard from quite a number of you who have requested additional time to prepare for and take those exams. Additionally, we are still working on the development and refinement of the VCAP6 exams (which will replace VCAP5), so these new exams have not yet been released in production.

In light of your requests and still-pending VCAP6 exam releases, we are suspending the retirement of the following exams:

VCAP5 Design Exams:

VCAP Lab Exams:

Registration for these exams will remain open. We will not plan to retire them until approximately 30 days after the VCAP6 exams become available. Once the VCAP6 exams go live in production, we will make a detailed retirement announcement for these VCAP5 exams. In the meantime, we hope that those of you who would like to up-level your certification from VCP to VCAP5 will take advantage of this opportunity.

For training or exam information, detailed certification requirements or additional program information, please visit the VMware Education homepage. If you have more specific questions or concerns please contact the Certification Support team.

Thank you!
Paul Sorensen