Wow, it's been a long time since I blogged! Has the world survived without me? Sure it has! :-)
VMware have changed the registration process for all their certification exams to require validation of the relevant pre-requisites before a candidate is authorised to register for an exam.
This was done previously for VCAP-level exams to ensure the candidate was a VCP, and for VCDX too, but now it also applies to VCP-level exams.
So, to book any VMware certification exam, start at http://www.vmware.com/certification - head to the page for the exam you want to book and click the large "Register for the exam" box towards the top of the page.
This does change one fundamental thing - you now have to have completed any pre-requisite training before you can register for the exam. Previously, you'd be awarded the certification if you did the training and exam the "wrong way round", but going forward you won't be able to register for the exam until the training requirement has been met.
The other effect of changing this process is that the certification system at VMware and the exam registration system at PearsonVUE now need tighter integration, the result of this is that every candidate needs a new ID that both systems recognise.
Existing VMware candidates have been emailed this week with their new ID, recognised at http://www.vmware.com/certification and http://wwwpearsonvue.com/vmware
For more information about these changes have a look at this FAQ page