Monday, 9 March 2015

VCP recertification deadline extended, VCP6 discount for those who've already recertified

VMware have announced today that the original VCP recertification deadline of March 10th 2015 has now been extended til May 8th 2015.

This has been done for 2 reasons:

1. To allow extra time for partners and customers who have not had sufficient notification to be able to meet the deadline.
2. To reflect a problem with the myLearn system over the weekend that prevented people from gaining authorisation for the VCP550D exam.

This is great news if you haven't yet done your recertification.

The options to recertify have not changed - you can still take a VCP exam in another discipline, a VCAP exam in the same or another discipline, or if you're a VCP in the DCV discipline you can take the "delta" VCP550D exam - this special exam will also now remain available til May 8th.

But what about those who DID meet the original March 10th deadline? (Like me!)

Well there's some great news there too - you'll get 65% off a VCP6 exam from when they become available through to August 31st 2015!

If you want to find out more, check out this blog post on

VCAP exams retired for Cloud and Desktop

March 2nd 2015 saw the retirement of 4 exams, each of the 2 VCAP level exams for the Cloud and Desktop disciplines:

VCAP-CIA - Cloud Infrastructure Administration
VCAP-CID - Cloud Infrastructure Design

VCAP-DTA - Desktop Administration
VCAP-DTD - Desktop Design

There were some problems with these exams, and with new versions of these exams needing to be developed for the new VCIX certifications mentioned in the 2015 VMware Certification Roadmap, it was decided to retire these older exams.

This would have meant that the VCDX certifications in these 2 disciplines would no longer be obtainable by those who hadn't already gained both VCAP certifications in that discipline.

But, VMware recognised this and dropped the VCAP requirement for VCDX applications for June defences - you can read more about that here:

VMware Communities post about VCDX-Cloud and VCDX-Desktop changes

Monday, 26 January 2015

VCP-Cloud - some exam retirements

VMware are retiring the exams based on vCloud Director 1.5 and 5.1 at the end of March 2015:

  • Exam Code VCPC510 - Based on vCloud Director 5.1
  • Exam code VCPVCD510 – Based on vCloud Director 1.5 (also known as the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Exam)

From April 1st onwards, you can still achieve VCP-Cloud by passing the VCPC550 exam (based on vCloud Automation Center 5.2 and vCloud Director 5.5).

Alternatively, you could follow the path to the new VCP6-Cloud certification.

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Return of the Delta Exam

UPDATE: The VCP550D exam is now available til September 30th 2015.

VMware made a "delta" exam available (VCP550D) for those who were VCP5-DCV holders and wished to recertify - initially this exam was only available til the end of November 2014, but it's now been resurrected and will remain available til March 10th 2015 September 30th 2015.

Read more about the exam on this blog post.

Confirmation of the resurrection can be found on the VMware Education & Certification Blog.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

New EUC Certification - VCP6-DT

VMware have released the new VCP level certification for their EUC products/solutions, the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Desktop (VCP6-DT).

This certification validates your skills in deploying a Horizon with View 6.x environment on vSphere, including:

  • creating and administering virtual desktops
  • configuring and administering View, Mirage and the Workspace Portal
  • configuring host networking and storage
  • working with DRS, HA, and other cluster-related vSphere features

Find out more about the certification, it's training requirements or recommendations, and the exam objectives here: VCP6-DT

Monday, 24 November 2014

Landing page for vSphere 4 certifications

Here's an archive of all my posts around vSphere 4 certifications.


Full range of NSX Training and Certifications now available

Software-defined networking (SDN) is a red-hot topic in our industry for 2014 and beyond, with VMware being the leading visionary in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Data Centre Networking.

There are 3 levels of certification on "Network Virtualisation", all based around the NSX product:

VMware Certified Professional - VCP-NV
VMware Certified Implementation Expert - VCIX-NV (think of this as being at VCAP level)
VMware Certified Design Expert - VCDX-NV

Have a look here for the range of NSX training: VMware Education page