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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.

Where in the World are VCPs? [Infographic]

It’s that time of year! 2016’s “Where in the World are VCPs” infographic was such a hit, we decided to refresh it for 2017. The VMware Education Services team is proud to announce that the VCP community grew (11%) to represent a total of 190 countries this year. Which country do you represent?

 

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*Note: This infographic has been updated to reflect the number of unique VCP holders per country

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.

Attention VCP-DCVs in APJ: Learn how You can Advance Your Career

DCV-NVAre you VCP-DCV certified? Here’s how you can fast track to Network Virtualization.

Take advantage of your data center knowledge and gain another critical certification in the industry. Be at the forefront of the technology race.

Here’s how we can help you*:

  • Take advantage of your existing DCV certification
  • Attend a fast track NV class
  • Get FREE resources, including an exam voucher
  • Get digital recognition

Click here for details.

Don’t be left behind! Contact us today.

*For APJ customers only

Certification Insights: Multiple Accounts

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Having multiple accounts within the VMware myLearn system could result in incomplete records of your exam, training, and certification history. For example, if you attended a training course on one account, but took your VCP exams on a different account, you may not receive proper credit for meeting certification requirements.

Luckily, this situation is easily fixed. You simply need to email our support team and request a merge. Include the following information in your email to speed the processing:

  • any possible email addresses you may have used
  • which email/account you would like to keep as your Master account

Note: If you currently work for a VMware Partner company, we highly recommend that you use the account associated with your Partner email as your Master so you don’t lose any Partner privileges (like discounted training).

Save 20% off VCP Exams at Dell EMC World 2017

Dell EMC World 2017Making plans to attend Dell EMC World in Las Vegas this May? Include time to earn or renew your VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification while you’re there.

Start here to schedule your discounted VCP elective exam at the conference, then follow these steps:

  1. On the test center search screen, enter “Las Vegas, NV” and click Search
  2. Select “Dell EMC World Conference Attendees ONLY” from the available test centers
  3. The 20% discount will automatically be applied to your registration

This discount is exclusive for attendees of Dell EMC World 2017, and space is limited so we recommend registering early.

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.

Certification Insights: VCP Recertification

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One of the most commonly asked questions we get is “Is there a grace period if my VCP expires?” And the answer is NO. There are no grace periods, VMware does not provide exceptions or extensions to our Recertification policy.

Once your VCP recertification date passes, and if you did not renew it, you are no longer considered VCP certified. In order to gain VCP status again, you will have to meet all the requirements for earning a new VCP certification.

One other thing to keep in mind is the 7-day waiting period if you fail an exam (excluding online exams which have no waiting period between retakes). If you wait until the last minute to recertify but then fail the exam, it could result in losing your VCP status. We always recommend taking care of your recertification at least a month ahead of time to avoid any potential problems or last minute emergencies.

Not sure when your recertification date is? You can look it up in your VMware Certification Manager profile.

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.