Wednesday, 4 January 2012

New course - VCP5 Exam Preparation Workshop

A project I was working on towards the end of 2011 was the Global Knowledge vSphere Exam Preparation Workshop for VCP5. It's a unique 1-day workshop that's designed to maximise your chances of getting the best score possible when you take your VCP5 exam.

I first developed a workshop for VCP4, we've run that in the UK many times over the last couple of years and given attendees a real boost in terms of focus, confidence, readiness, and knowledge.

I have some excellent connections within the Certification team at VMware, which allows me to have a good insight into how the VCP exam items are designed, and I'm now a 4-time VCP after passing the VCP5 exam myself in November 2011 so I have a very good understanding of what is required in terms of not only knowledge but exam technique as well.

We start the day by reviewing the exam format and giving lots of study and exam tips, then we go through the all-important exam blueprint, section by section, and ask you over 100 practice questions that you won't find anywhere else! The practice questions are written in the same style as those in the real exam, and try really hard to pull all the same tricks too! Each question comes with an explanation of the question and answer(s), and of course questions can be discussed with the instructor and other attendees.

I recommend attending the workshop a couple of weeks before attempting the real exam, to highlight areas that need improvement, enhance your exam-taking technique, or to provide additional focus as the "big day" gets close.
Global Knowledge offer the workshop as a 1-day instructor-led event at locations across the UK, some of the scheduled dates are delivered using Webex instead, this page will show you the dates we currently have available.
The workshop also forms part of our VMware Bundles, which are cost-effective ways of attending any required vSphere 5 training, attending the workshop, and also receiving a voucher that covers the cost of the VCP5 exam.


  1. Since you have some good connections with certification guys at VMware, Why don't you push it some people like us in the rest of the world can take this prep course? :)

    I'm talking here Asia/Middle East.


  2. The materials used in the workshop were produced and are owned by Global Knowledge, we have made the material available to each Global Knowledge office in the entire EMEA region where we deliver VMware training - contact your local office to get yourself booked onto the workshop.

  3. Like Bobby, I would like to know if this prep workshop will be offered elsewhere as well. I was looking at the dates/locations page you noted in your post and I see that Global Knowledge has nothing in my area. I am located in the western United States, and would love to see the 'in class' option available to us as well. I understand that the virtual class is very similar, however sometimes a face to face learning experience can be more rewarding for some people. Do you foresee this happening anytime soon (esp. since Global knowledge is nearly everywhere in the US)?

  4. Hi Scott,

    1) Is it necessary to attend the VCP 5 (ICM) training from authorised institutes ? as I have found many non authorised institutes claimiing 100% success ratio from their institutes.

    2) If i will clear VCP5 exam w/o attending the VCP 5 (ICM) training from authorised institutes what will be the difference as the primary aim is to have thorugh knowledge, clear the exam and getting VCP certified

  5. @abhivish2006, yes you will need to attend official training run either by VMware or an authorised partner. If you don't meet that requirement of the VCP you cannot gain the certification. See here:

  6. if i certified VCP5?, later i attend the vmware authorized training class. will i get the hard copy of the VCP5 certificate?

  7. @Anonymous (April 6) - once you have met all the VCP5 requirements you will be awarded the certification. You are not certified by passing the exam alone, or by attending the training course alone, you must complete both the training course and the exam. You can meet the requirements any order you choose - is there any particular reason why you want to do the exam first?

  8. Hi Scott,
    I see there is the VMware free e-learning self-paced lessons free @ VMWARE site...Will that be qualifying as authorised training done from VMWARE ? before I take the VCP-IaaS exam for VCP-Cloud ?


    1. The free e-learning does not meet the requirement. See here for the training requirements:

      The requirements for VCP-Cloud are here: