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 pages. You'll also find more information about each exam on their 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.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

VCAPs - all over the world!

A few months back, VMware posted an infographic on global distribution of VCPs, they've now done the same for VCAP certifications. Check out this post on their Education/Certification blog for the new VCAP info.

A couple of things I noticed:

The USA, UK, and Germany seem to have the highest proportion of VCPs who have gone on to VCAP - 1 in every 9 VCPs in those countries also have a VCAP, compared to only 1 in every 20 VCPs having a VCAP in India and Japan.

I'm 1 of only 448 people in the UK to have a VCAP :-)

Thursday, 31 March 2016

VMware beta exams

For a long time now, VMware have run betas of their certification exams - to have people like you help the exam development process and have items tested and validated prior to a final exam release.

Recent examples are the exams for the various VCAP6/VCIX6 certifications.

Read more about it here - including a list of recent or active betas, with the expected dates for the release of beta results and exam GA.

Simple VMware exam registration - yes please!

VMware and Pearson have done further integration work on their systems, resulting in a simple registration process for all VMware certification exams.

No more "exam authorisation" process, and no more having to maintain multiple Pearson logins for VCA/VCP and for VCAP/VCIX exams - just a single, simple process to follow.

All you have to do now is:

1. Go to the page for the relevant exam via the VMware Certification site
2. Click the "Register Now" link on the respective exam page
3. Login to your VMware myLearn account (there's a "one time only" confirmation page to click through)
4. Schedule and pay for the exam

It's great to finally have such a simple process!