VMware have today confirmed that the VCP3 exam for VMware Infrastructure 3 will only be available to take until 31st December 2009. Originally, they had stated that they expected it to be available until early 2010, but I'm not at all surprised to see it go at the end of 2009.
The end of 2009 now sees a number of milestones for the VCP:
- Retirement of the VCP3 exam
- End of the free-retake promotion for the VCP4 exam
- End of the period where VCP3 holders can get their VCP4 without having to attend official vSphere training
If you want to be a VCP3, act now before it's too late!
Global Knowledge UK are still running some VI3 courses and exam preparation workshops, as well as all the available courses for vSphere 4. Take a look at their VMware training page and VMware certification page for the details.