Thursday, 15 September 2016

Exam retirements - September 2016

VMware have now set a final retirement date for these 3 exams:

Exam VDCA550 for VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)

Exam VDCD550 for VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 — Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)

Exam VCXN610 for VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV)

If you still want to attempt these exams before they retire, the last date for making a booking is October 31st 2016, and the end date for scheduling/taking the exams is November 30th 2016.

Each retiring exam now has an equivalent newer exam/certification available:

VCAP5-DCD > VCAP6-DCV Design

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

VCAP6 Design exams - tips, tricks, and scoring

Jordan Roth from the Certification team at VMware has posted a couple of great articles about the VCAP6 Design exams on his blog The Cloud JAR.

These 2 specific articles give a great insight into the build and scoring of the VCAP6 Design exams that Jordan himself has worked on:

VCAP6 Design Tips, Tricks, and New Features

Scoring for VCAP6 Design Exams

I'd consider both articles to be "must reads" for anyone preparing for a VCAP6 Design certification - in any of the 4 solution tracks.

VCAP6 Deploy exams are go!

VMware have released 2 of the VCAP6 Deploy exams, specifically for the Data Center Virtualization (DCV) and Network Virtualization (NV) tracks:

VCAP6-DCV Deploy

VCAP6-NV Deploy

Both exams are available to schedule now, at participating Pearson VUE testing centres globally - use the links above to find out more about each exam, and to begin the registration process.

Read the official announcement here on the VMware Education & Certification blog.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tips and Tricks for VCAP6 Deployment Exams

VMware have switched to using a new user interface for the VCAP6 Deployment exams, based on the Hands On Labs interface.

The Certification team has created an Exam UI Guide that gives guidance and tips to help make best use of the interface when taking exams - the easier the interface is to use the better, so you can focus on doing the required tasks!

Dave Davis from the team has also created a blog post with some extra tricks, and an accompanying video that brings the Exam UI Guide and his tips to life - great work Dave!

Friday, 22 July 2016

VCAP6 Design exams now available (DCV and CMA)

The VCAP6 Design exams for the Data Center Virtualization (DCV) and Cloud Management & Automation (CMA) solution tracks are now available!

As these are advanced-level certifications, there are pre-requisites for each, which you can review on the relevant vmware.com pages. You'll also find more information about each exam on their vmware.com pages:

VCAP6-DCV Design Exam (code 3V0-622)

VCAP6-CMA Design Exam (code 3V0-632)

As usual, the VMware Education & Certification blog was used to make the announcement.

If you took a beta version of these exams earlier in the year, your exam is now being scored against the final versions, and you'll get your results in the next 3-4 weeks.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

VCAP6 "Deploy" exam betas available

Registration is open for the beta lab exams for these certifications:

VCAP6-DCV Deploy
VCAP6-NV Deploy
VCAP6-CMA Deploy

Appointments are only available initially at certain PearsonVUE locations in North America, though the beta may be extended to other regions.

Read more on this VMware blog post.

July 6th UPDATE: Testing centres in Europe, Asia, Central America, and South America have been added to the beta program, this blog post has more details.

Sunday, 15 May 2016

VCAP5 exam retirements suspended

VMware have suspended the retirement of the VCAP5-DCA, VCAP5-DCD, and VCIX-NV exams as I mentioned in this previous post.

The new retirement dates will be set when the new VCAP6 exams are released, and from that point you'll have about 30 days til the VCAP5 exams will be killed off.

Note that there's no mention of the VCPC550 exam for VCP-Cloud in this new announcement, so I assume that's still retiring on June 24th as previously announced.

Read the announcement on this VMware education/certification blog post.

UPDATE: The retirement of the exams has now been confirmed - the deadline for booking a retiring exam is October 31st 2016, and the last day for scheduling/taking a retiring exam is November 30th 2016.