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Extending the Cisco Certification Credit for Network Virtualization Certification

We spend a lot of time talking to our community of certification-holders about our programs, their structure and their future. One of the more common conversations we’ve had lately is around the “credit” that Cisco certification-holders get towards a VMware Network Virtualization Certification.

Currently, if you hold certain CCNA or CCNP certifications you can use that as credit to bypass course attendance requirement when you earn VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV) certification (you still have to pass the exams). Also, if you have certain CCIE certifications, you can apply it towards our VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX-NV) certification. Both of these options are scheduled to expire on January 31, 2016.

However, after talking to a number of candidates we have decided to remove the deadline and make this an ongoing streamlined route to VMware Network Virtualization certification. By keeping this path and policy in-place we believe that we can continue to enable networking professionals with existing networking skills in the latest cutting-edge networking technologies from VMware and help them continue to build upon and drive their careers.

This new policy is effective immediately.

Thank you!

Paul Sorensen



Simplified Registration Process for Advanced Exams Coming


We are in the process of simplifying the registration and scheduling process for VMware Advanced exams (VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD or VCIX-NV) to eliminate the need for a second PearsonVue account. However, this entails some short term impacts to our registration process you should be aware of.

  • From now until October 15, you will not be able to register for any Advanced exam appointments beyond November 30, 2015
  • Between October 15-18, exam registration will be closed for Advanced exams only to ensure a smooth transition.
  • On October 19, you will once again be able to register for any Advanced VMware exam throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond.

As of October 19, the NEW process will be streamlined so that candidates will no longer be required to click on a separate link to register for their Advanced exams. The new process for existing candidates scheduling their first VCAP/VCIX exam will be:

  1. Request exam authorization at www.vmware.com/certification
  2. Once authorization has been granted, sign into http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware/
  3. Finish your exam registration as usual

We hope that you will find that this short-term limitation will result in simplifying your VMware Advanced exam scheduling experience once the process is completed on October 19.

The project does NOT involve any exam retirements and does NOT involve any exam content changes. This project is strictly related to simplifying the process by which you register for VMware Advanced certification exams.

If you have any other questions or feedback on this new process, please let us know in the comments below.

Answering Your Questions about the Network Virtualization Certifications

VCP-NVOver the last couple of weeks there have been several questions raised about the Network Virtualization certifications that we wanted to address.


What’s the deadline for earning a VMware Network Virtualization certification holding a Cisco certification?  

Due to its popularity, we have extended this program until January 31, 2016.

You can earn your VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization (VCP-NV) certification without attending a course (although I recommend it) if you hold any of these current Cisco certifications:

  • CCNA Data Center
  • CCNA Routing & Switching
  • CCNP Data Center
  • CCNP Routing & Switching
  • CCIE Data Center
  • CCIE Routing & Switching

You can earn your VMware Certified Implementation Expert – Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV) certification without having a VCP certification if you have one of the following certifications:

  • CCIE Data Center
  • CCIE Routing & Switching

If I achieve my VCIX-NV certification by using my CCIE, do I also receive the VCP-NV certification?

Yes, under our rules of “inheritance” you would receive both certifications.

If I achieve my VCP-NV certification by using my CCIE, do I have to take a VMware training class in order to earn another VCP or a VCAP (VMware Certified Advanced Professional) certification?

No. The original policy said that a course would be required for candidates who wanted to move to another solution track, but after discussing this with several of you and receiving feedback from the community we reversed that decision.

If you hold any valid VCP certification – regardless of what requirements were used to attain it – you can apply that as a pre-requisite for any other VCP or VCAP certification.

I hope this answers most of your questions about the network virtualization certifications, but feel free to leave a comment below if you have others or reach out to our Certification Support team.

~ Paul Sorensen

New Network Virtualization Certification Available – VCIX-NV


The new VMware Certified Implementation Expert – Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV) certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer NSX virtual networking implementations in a demanding hands-on lab environment.

Successful candidates will demonstrate core networking abilities, as well as Enterprise-class NSX networking implementation skills.

Watch the video to learn more about this new program, or download the exam blueprint.

VCDX / vExpert Party Celebrates Programs, Honors Award Winners

It was the beginning of a new certification era and the end of an old one at the annual VMworld VCDX / vExpert party last week. Pat Gelsinger presented John Arrasjid, VCDX 001 with the John Newman Award, and Ray Budavari with the first ever VCIX-NV certification.

Ray paved the way for recognition in installing, configuring and administering NSX virtual network implementations, having completed a demanding, live hands on lab. VMware’s semi-official band, Elastic Sky, celebrated with a performance, and said farewell to guitarist John Arrasjid. Pictures of the event featured below.

John Arrasjid, VCDX 001 accepts the John Von Neumann Award from VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger.

Pat Gelsinger congratulates Ray Budavari on his achievement as the first VCIX-NV.

Pat Gelsinger addresses the VCDXs and vExperts.

– Elastic Sky closes out the night.

– Eric Sloof chats with Elastic Sky

Validate your Network Virtualization Skills with our new Certification Track

VMware NSX is the network virtualization and security platform for the software-defined data center. NSX brings virtualization to your existing network and transforms network operations and economics.

To further your career in this exciting new technology we are releasing a new certification track covering Network Virtualization, including three certifications depending upon your experience level:



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