Monday, 7 April 2014

VCAP5-DCA - New vSphere 5.5 exam version available

Today sees the launch of a new exam for the VCAP5-DCA certification, VDCA550 which is based on vSphere 5.5.

The original VCDA510 exam based on vSphere 5.0/5.1 remains available, so be careful when you book the exam to make sure you're registering for the one that matches the software versions you've used during your preparations.

This is the same approach as VMware took for VCP5-DCV back in January:

Passing either of the exam will meet the requirement to become VCAP5-DCA certified, the pre-requisite certifications remain the same.

The recommended training class vSphere: Optimize & Scale was also recently updated for the 5.5 release:

You can read more about the new exam and access the blueprint for both the VCDA550 and VCDA510 exams here:

Josh Andrews from the VMware Certification team has created a post on his blog describing the new lab environment and blueprint changes:

Friday, 28 March 2014

VMware Training & Certification Promotions

Here's a handy page to have in your browser bookmarks - it lists all current VMware training and certification special offers and beta classes:

There's a list of global discounts and promotions, plus those that only apply to certain geographical regions.

You can also sign-up to be notified of new discounts and promotions here:

Monday, 10 March 2014

Recertification policy for VCP level certifications

Well here's a change in policy from VMware - those that hold VCP-level certifications will now have to recertify in order to retain their certification and all the related benefits.

Here's the official announcement on the new policy:

There are 2 milestones to watch out for:

- If you earned all your VCP level certifications prior to March 10th 2013 you have til March 10th 2015 to recertify
- If you earned your most recent VCP level certification since March 10th 2013 you have 2 years from the date you earned that certification to recertify

You can recertify in any of these ways:

- Pass the current exam for the VCP level certification in the same discipline
- Pass the current VCP level exam in another discipline
- Pass a current VCAP level exam in the same or another discipline

Note: there is no training requirement for recertification - this is a shift in policy as previously individuals would have to take a What's New class (in the case of DCV) or even a full class as part of updating their VCP certification to a new version once a grace period had passed

Today there are 3 disciplines that have VCP certifications - Data Center Virtualisation, Cloud, and Desktop - expect to see VCP for additional disciplines such as Networking Virtualisation added in the future.

If you do not recertify by the relevant milestone your certification will be revoked and you will no longer be entitled to use the certification logo or represent yourself as VMware certified. To regain certified status, you will need to meet all the prerequisites for the specific certification.

At this time there are no recertification policies for VCA, VCAP, or VCDX certifications - but I suspect that will change in the future so watch out for other announcements.

Friday, 21 February 2014

New exam for VCP-Cloud certification

VMware have released another new exam this week, this time for the VCP-Cloud certification.

The new exam is based on both vCloud Director (v5.5) AND vCloud Automation Center (v5.2), and has the code VCPC550.

It's suitable for anyone who want to gain VCP-Cloud as their first VMware certification, you have to attend a class on either (or both) of the 2 products covered in the exam.

You'll find more details here:

The original VCP-Cloud exam based on vCloud Director is still available, as is the IaaS exam for those who already hold VCP certifications in the Data Center Virtualisation (DCV) or Desktop (DT) disciplines.

Friday, 14 February 2014

VMware exam scoring

Josh Andrews from the Certification team at VMware has published a great post on his blog around the factors that are taken into consideration for the scoring of VMware exams.

Have a read for yourself:

Thursday, 13 February 2014

New role at VMware! (Want my old one?)

I'm coming up to my 2-year anniversary at VMware and was recently offered the opportunity to move into a new role - exciting times!

My new title is Global Technical On-Boarding Manager, and I'll be responsible for developing, managing, and coordinating the on-boarding program for new starters in technical field roles (SE/PSO/TAM) globally.

I will continue to manage the on-boarding activities and events that run in EMEA, including the 4-day START program delivered to hundreds of new field employees annually. I will also be contributing to other development and recurring events programs from a technical perspective.

This does mean there is a vacancy in my old team as a Technical Field Enablement Specialist - it's a very varied and busy role that involves designing and managing the enablement programs for around 500 technical field employees across the EMEA region.

It  requires working with field leadership in defining and prioritising enablement needs, managing bootcamps and other virtual training programs, sourcing budget, managing external providers, collaborating with business units and other content/delivery teams, and managing events.

The role is based out of VMware EMEA HQ in Frimley in the UK - if you think this might be of interest to you or someone you know please drop me an email -

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

VCP5-DCV now updated for vSphere 5.5

Now here's a first: Two different vSphere 5 exams for the VCP5-DCV...

VMware have launched a new exam which is specific to vSphere 5.5, and it has it's own dedicated code with PearsonVUE - VCP550.

As it aligns specifically to vSphere 5.5, the topics covered have also been updated to reflect the latest features - there's coverage of Single Sign-On, the vSphere Web Client, Data Protection, vSphere Replication, vFlash cache, and also vCenter Operations Manager (reflective of the move towards vSphere with Operations Management by VMware and their customers)

As well as being specific to 5.5, the exam format has also been changed to bring it in line with the other VCP exams for Cloud and Desktop - it's now 135 questions in 120 minutes. (The total length of the appointment when booking the exam will shows as 135 minutes as 15 minutes is allocated to a survey)

Passing either exam will achieve VCP5-DCV certification, so those already certified do not need to take the new exam - although they can if they choose.

Josh Andrews from the Certification team has posted a great article on his blog that talks more about the new exam: Link to Josh's blog

Josh mentions that the old VCP510 exam (for 5.0/5.1) and the new VCP550 exam will both be available for a "limited time", although the length of the period isn't stated on his blog post or mentioned anywhere on

My recommendation if you're starting to prepare for your VCP5-DCV certification - get trained on vSphere 5.5 and look to take the VCP550 exam - good luck!