Friday, 29 June 2012

VCP - Common Questions

VMware have their own FAQ page for their certifications, but I get emails and have conversations with people all the time who ask me questions like the ones below - so I thought I'd share them with you here...

If I haven't answered your question here, you can always email me at vmtraining.blog@gmail.com

1. Can I self-study for VCP?

People often ask me if they can self-study for the exam/certification - well anyone that knows the VCP program will tell you "No" - VCP has always had a training requirement for first-time achievers.

For VCP5, you can take a number of different vSphere 5 training classes, here's the reference page for that: http://www.vmware.com/go/vcp

Once you achieve your first VCP, there is always an "upgrade" path to the VCP on the next vSphere release - for a limited time (normally 6 months) you can just pass the new exam and that gains you the new VCP.

2. Do I have to do the training before the exam?

No, it is not essential to take the training first, although it is recommended.

3. How long can I leave between the training and the exam?

Technically you can leave as long a gap as you want - the only deadline is the future availability of the training and the exam for that version. So for VCP5, as long as you can get trained on one of the qualifying vSphere 5 classes and the VCP510 exam is available to take, you can achieve VCP5.

It gets harder to find training on an older version once a new version is released, and the exam for the old version will be retired eventually.

4. Does my VCP expire?

VMware announced a new recertification policy for VCP level certifications on March 10th 2014 - please have a read of this blog post for more information:

http://vmwaretraining.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/recertification-policy-for-vcp-level.html

5. What vSphere versions hold a VCP certification?

VCP certifications relate to the major version only, so when I say I'm a VCP3 that means my VCP applies to all the 3.x versions. The exams are normally generic across a major version, so you will be asked questions in the VCP510 exam that have answers applicable to all vSphere 5.x versions.

UPDATE: VMware have now released an exam specific to vSphere 5.5 - the VCP550 exam - passing this exam or the VCP510 exam (agnostic across vSphere 5.0/5.1) will gain the VCP5-DCV certification for those who have also met the training requirement.

48 comments:

  1. Scott,
    This is a nice post.

    I keep getting asked which is path most suited (sysadmin, network admin or storage..) for pursuing VCP training.

    your thoughts

    Ram

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  2. I took the course and I'm now studying for VCP5.

    How much time do you think I have before VCP5 is obsolete?
    How much time do I have before VCP6 comes out??

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    1. VCP6 will be based on vSphere 6, bear in mind that vSphere 5 hasn't even been out for a year yet...

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  3. Hello Scott

    Do you think I have a chance to pass VCP exam with only little vSphere hands-on experience? I have home lab with two esxi, lots of materials to study but not a lot of practical knowledge.

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    1. You have a chance yes, but it should be obvious that the more the experience the better. Click the VCP5 tab at the top and read my exam review and study guide...

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  4. Hi Scott,

    I have cleared VCP510 exam but not taken training yet.
    Can you please tell me if there is any duration for taking trainig after clearing exam ?

    is it 6 month ?

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    1. No there is no period - for as long as you can meet both the training and exam requirements you can achieve the certification.

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  5. can you please provide VMWARE VCP certification Carrier side benfits and advantages.

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    1. Have a look at http://www.vmware.com/go/vcp

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  6. My preference is CVE certification over VCP since it covers a broader spectrum of platforms

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    1. My experience is that CVE has no real standing as a virtualisation certification in the industry.

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  7. Nice blog!
    I am planning to give my exam in US but want to take course in other county. Is that possible to get certified? Also I am trying to register for course from VMware Site -> Services -> Education -> Course by country. Is that the right way since it takes me to their website for registration and fees as I don't have any VMware credits.
    Appreciate for your help

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    1. The education and certification programs are both global, so you can take the course and the exam in different countries if you wish.

      How you register for the course depends on the training provider - if it's VMware directly then your registration is done via the Education site you went to, but if it's a VATC (such as Global Knowledge or HP) then you are better going directly to their websites to register.

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  8. Hi Scott,

    i am new in the VMware sector.
    I am Comptia A+,Comptia Server+,ITIL 2011 Certiefied.

    Should i try the VCP or should i take another course first.

    MFG

    Chris from Austria

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    1. I would suggest building up some experience with virtualisation using VMware Workstation or Player, then moving onto vSphere - you can run the vSphere components (ESXi and vCenter Server are the main ones) inside virtual machines - see how you get on and make a decision as to when to take the training and certification.

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    2. Hi Scott,

      I am CCNA, MCSA and RHCE but I have only worked with VMware Workstation or Player so far. So I am little confused where to start and I am planning to appear in VCP exam in the near future. Any suggestions will be much appreciated. Thank you.

      Regards,
      Gyan

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  9. Hello everybdoy!
    Well its bit confused situation for beginner to get to the right direction due to scattered info :-)
    So, I need some info here,
    1).I got time to appear for VCP5-DCV exam study, and according to vmware requirement I must go for course before I attempt exam, OR Do They allow me for exam and join course later? I mean Priority is must/ no priority?
    2). I have join vmware vsphere ICM 5.0 course, because the academy is currently not offering v5.1, Will it make any difference in sense of Labs assignments, exam question, and will certification up gradation be required to obtain VCP5-DCV certificate? or?
    3). You can get to know about VITA (academy) from vmware academy list weather the academy is approved by vmware or not, But how to verify the instructor ONLINE weather he/she is verified and ALLOWED to deliver ONLINE course?
    Please clear my mind to answer my questions!
    Best regards!!
    /BM

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    1. 1. Until recently you could take the exam before the training, but now you must complete the training first.
      2. The exam is applicable to both 5.0 and 5.1, so it doesn't matter that your training is in 5.0.
      3. You can't - it's down to the VITA to ensure their instructor is authorised.

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  10. Hi Scott,
    I m final year computer science and engineering student.
    i have some basic knowledge about vmware so what would you suggest should I directly go for vsphere training or get something done before that and what time will the whole process take till the completion of vcp certification exam if started immediately.
    Thank You..!!

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    1. Without knowing the specifics of what you already know it's tough to suggest where to start. If you're already comfortable building VMs with Workstation or Player, you could move straight onto vSphere - you can build a virtual lab with VMs running ESXi and vCenter Server to learn more about them. You will have to get trained on vSphere as part of working towards the certification. I'd suggest it takes a lot of people a couple of months from training to certification.

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  11. Hi Scott,


    I had attended the Official Training on VmWare vSphere ICM 5.1 i.e. Install, Configure, Manage Training this year from HP in which Trainer ( HP Guys as well ) often designated as VmWare Certified Professional Training on vSphere 5 as VmWare ICM 5.1 training or VmWare Certified Professional training. The Exam / Certification Code is VCP510 for the same as mentioned by the Trainer during the Class.

    However, i am getting confused now since i haven't seen the Exam Name as VmWare vSphere ICM 5.1 or VmWare Certified Professional anywhere on the VmWare Site and within Pearson VUE site also.

    Does the Name VmWare Certified Professional Training or VmWare vSphere ICM 5.1 Training got changed to something else during this Year.

    I need to register for the VCP Professional Exam i.e. VmWare vSphere Insatll, Configure, Manage 5.1 Exam asap. Which is the Exact Link on VmWare Site ?

    kindly advise regarding the same.

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    1. VCP5-DCV is the current name of the certification, but VCP510 is still the exam code.

      Copy and paste this into your browser:

      http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=12457&ui=www_cert

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  12. I completed RHCE certification and the companies are asking vmware also for a fresher job...so what should I need to do now.. what vmware I should do now..suggest me ...

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    1. If you're new to vSphere/vCloud you should start with the VCA level certifications, then look to VCP level.

      Have a look here:

      http://www.vmware.com/certification

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  13. Hi

    Can i take VCP training from diff institute and den schedule exam from pro-metric testing center???

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    1. Yes - the education program and certification program are both global, so you could even take them in different countries if you wished.

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  14. Hi Scott,

    I sat the VCP5 exam in July 2013, but I didn’t get the chance to sit an official VMware course, I know you have mentioned in your reply above that you can no longer sit the exam first, but as I have already done the exam last year, do you know whether it would be possible to do the official course now to get the certification?

    Many Thanks
    Peter from UK

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    1. Hi Peter,

      The information I had was not 100% accurate - you can still take the exam first - I've amended the blog post. Yes, you can attend a vSphere 5.x course - as you've already passed the exam I'd suggest looking at Optimize & Scale or the Troubleshooting Workshop.

      Scott.

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  15. Hi Scott,

    I'm very confused. Is CCNA (networking knowledge) mandatory for below mentioned VMWare courses. Whether i have to do CCNA first and then do VMWare courses.

    VMware Certified Associate - Cloud (VCA-Cloud) NEW
    VMware Certified Associate - Data Center Virtualization (VCA-DCV) NEW
    VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)

    Thanks,
    Shravan

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    1. VMware don't make it a requirement that you hold certifications from any other vendor.

      A good understanding of datacentre technologies (such as networking, storage, servers, operating systems, applications) will help with the -DCV certifications.

      vSphere (covered in the -DCV certifications) does include virtual network switches, so in the networking arena a knowledge of switching, VLANs, and other associated network topics would be beneficial.

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    2. Thank you so much Scott....This is Nice blog Very helpful.
      I will learn some Network basics and Join for VCP courses

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  16. Hi Scott,

    I have wriiten the exam VCP5-DCV and cleared the exam

    I didnt attended the training but when i registered with my company Id i got the exam schedule

    so i have done this as i am working on VMware since from 6 yrs so i have prepared various dumps and cleared afetr reading for 3 day and night study

    now when i am seeing on my transcript i could find the certificate to download and even i didnt get hardcopy as well when i request for the VMware team as per them

    We have not been able to confirm your VCP5-DCV status because we have not found the appropriate class attendance record for you. Have you attended one of the prerequisite courses? If so please provide the following.

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    1. You are not yet certified as you've not met the training requirement - see question 1 in the main blog post above.

      I'd suggest you look at taking either the Optimize & Scale class, or the Troubleshooting Workshop.

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  17. Hi i am working as a system admin on windows domain and i m planning to join Vsphere 5.5 training so i want to know that the knowledge of configuring a switch, VLAN is necessary?

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    1. It would help as you will need to understand how to network ESXi (specifically the VMkernel) and VMs to one another and to physical devices - the more you know the better but at least an understanding of switching (including VLANs) would help.

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  18. Hi Scott,

    I did my VCP 5.0 Training at mid of Last year and unfortunately I cannot complete my exams. I am preparing now to do the exam by next month and need to know if that training is valid enough to allow me to write the exam.

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    1. Yes, as long as your training was the official class. You should book the VCP510 exam as it relates to version 5.0.

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  19. Hi Scott,

    Do u have dumps for VCP-5.5.

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    1. No I don't as I don't condone the use of them.

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  20. Hi Scott,

    Is it required to learn CCNA / Windows for learning VMware. Please help me.

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    1. A good understanding of datacentre technologies can help, so that includes networking and server operating systems. I had to learn a lot about shared storage when I first came across ESX and server virtualisation.

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  21. Hi Scott

    I read a bit about virtualization on and found it to be interesting. Currently I don't have any background working with networks or VMware. Will it be advisable for me to venture out in Virtualization certification and shift my career path. My current profile is that of a Test Manager.

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    1. You really need a good understanding of datacentre technologies in order to be successful with virtualisation - servers, storage, networking, operating systems, applications. You have to start somewhere - I would look to gain skills in some of those areas.

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  22. Hi Scott,

    I m working as system admin having 4+ years of experiences in Active directory domain.
    I m getting a little confusion regarding to do certification in Vmware / MS exchange server 2010. Kindly advice which certification will help me better job scope & package in future.
    Thanks..

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    1. I don't know what the market is like for Exchange these days, nor for your local job market generally.

      Have a look at each vendors' website:

      VMware: http://mylearn.vmware.com/portals/certification/
      Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-gb/certification-overview.aspx

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