Happy New Year!
I have a new change to announce for our current VCP candidates that is a bit of good news and will help those who haven’t upgraded yet to the most current version.
Recently, I posted a blog to help VCP candidates choose which new certification is best for them: the VCP6-DCV or VCP6.5-DCV. My intended audience were those who haven’t yet earned their first VCP. Although I wanted to say something for those with a current VCP5-DCV, there was some back-end logic that wasn’t quite in place for me to provide an option for them.
But now there is! Starting immediately, any VCP who is two versions behind the most current available version in the same solution track can upgrade to the latest by only taking one exam.
This is a big deal, because before this change, if you held a VCP5-DCV and want to upgrade to VCP6.5-DCV, you would first have to earn the VCP6-DCV (by passing the delta exam) and then upgrade to the VCP6.5-DCV (again, through the delta exam.) In other words, you were not allowed to “skip” a version, unless you wanted to start the track from the beginning and take training and the Foundations exam.
But now, this bridge path allows just that – if you are a current VCP and want to upgrade over two versions, you can by passing the latest VCP exam for that track. One exam and that’s all, and you will hold the most current version. For example:
|Current Certification||New Certification||Skipping over||Bridge Exam|
|VCP5-DCV||VCP6.5-DCV||VCP6-DCV|| VCP6.5-DCV exam (2V0-622)
VCP6.5-DCV delta exam (2V0-622D)
|VCP6-DT||VCP7-DTM||VCP6-DTM||VCP7-DTM exam (2V0-751)|
|VCP6-Cloud||VCP7-CMA||VCP6-CMA||VCP7-CMA exam (2V0-731)|
Note that the Bridge path only applies if your VCP is current; if yours has expired, you will need to take the Expired path for your VCP.
And as always, you can still earn the VCP in a different track by passing that VCP “elective” exam. If you’re a current VCP, you are not required to take another training course or the vSphere Foundations exam.
I wish you the best in 2018!