Tuesday, 3 January 2023

New VCP on VMware Cloud

VMware recently did a public release of the latest addition to the VCP line-up - the VMware Certified Professional - VMware Cloud (VCP-VMC)

But, what is it about?

Taken from the VCP-VMC page, here's a description of the certification:

"The VMware Certified Professional - VMware Cloud certification validates a learner's ability to identify key components of a VMware Cloud solution, including how to connect and migrate to VMware Cloud (across different hyperscaler partners) and the benefit of VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. Certification earners have demonstrated a fundamental understanding of storage, networking, security, business continuity and disaster recovery, as well as the ability to monitor and troubleshoot, in a VMware Cloud environment."

I knew this certification had been coming for months now, we have had our pre-sales teams around the globe completing the training and exam - we already have a LOT of VCP-VMC holders internally!

At the time of writing, there are two paths of requirements depending on your current certification status:

  • If you hold a recent VCP, the only firm requirement for VCP-VMC is to pass the exam
  • If you don't hold a recent VCP, you must also complete training as well as passing the exam

For more details about the exam, visit the VMware Cloud Professional page.

The Designing, Configuring, and Managing the VMware Cloud training is not offered in a traditional instructor-led way, it is online only, and covers technologies from across the VMware portfolio - the SDDC infrastructure platform, workload management and deployment, plus operations and maintenance.

VMware did offer a number of exam vouchers for free, and at the time of writing they are still offering the training at no cost - check the latest status on this blog post.

VMware Certification Infographics

VMware have published infographics about VCP, VCAP, and VCDX for some time now, they recently released the latest versions of all 3 - use the links below to view them:

VMware Certified Professional (VCP)

VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP)

VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX)

A few highlights for me looking through the data:

  • Nearly 50 countries have at least 1000 VCPs
  • There are more than 100,000 VCPs in the USA
  • EMEA has more VCAPs than either of the other two geographies even though it has the fewest VCPs
  • Australia features in the Top 6 countries for VCDX but not for VCP or VCAP
  • China doesn't yet have a VCDX even though it features in the Top 6 for both VCP and VCAP

Tuesday, 28 September 2021

New and updated Cloud Management and Automation exams

VMware recently released 2 new exams for different Cloud Management and Automation certifications:

VMware Certified Technical Associate - Cloud Management and Automation 2021 (VCTA-CMA 2021)

This is the new foundation-level certification for VMware's vRealize Cloud Universal offering, and how it can be used within both the data center and the cloud.

There is no "hard" training requirement, but there is a "core technical skills" course which is recommended as it was created specifically for the VCTA-CMA 2021 exam.

The exam tests on a knowledge of a typical VMware cloud architecture, the role of the vRealize Cloud Universal products, plus monitoring and basic administration.

Learn more about the certification and the exam here: VCTA-CMA 2021

VMware Certified Professional - Cloud Management and Automation 2021 (VCP-CMA 2021)

This is not a new certification, but it now has a new exam option based on vRealize Automation 8.3 in addition to the older 8.1 exam.

Learn more about the new 8.3 exam here: Professional VMware vRealize Automation 8.3

Tuesday, 29 June 2021

NEW: VMware Certified Technical Associate - Application Modernization 2021 (VCTA-AM 2021)

Another new exam and certification from VMware - this time it's the foundation-level certification covering the VMware Tanzu portfolio:

As will all other VCTAs, there is recommended training and a required exam, so a low "barrier to entry" for anyone who wants to earn the certification.

The VCP-AM 2021 was released just a couple of weeks ago, will we also see VCAPs and a new VCDX track on the same technology line?

Tuesday, 22 June 2021

NEW: Master Specialist - VMware Cloud on AWS 2021

VMware have just released a new version of the Specialist Badge on VMware Cloud on AWS solution for 2021.

This is an ideal certification for VCP-DCV or VCP-NV holders to demonstrate their expertise with VMware Cloud on AWS.

There are 3 required elements to achieve the badge:

  • VCP-DCV or VCP-NV obtained either in 2020 or 2021
  • Attendance of VMware Cloud on AWS training
  • Pass the specialist exam

Learn more about the certification and each of the individual requirements on this Master Specialist - VMware Cloud on AWS 2021 page.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

NEW: VCP-AM 2021 (VMware Certified Professional - Application Modernization 2021)

VMware have just released a brand new exam for a brand new certification: VMware Certified Professional - Application Modernization 2021, or VCP-AM 2021 for short!

The exam centres around the technologies included with VMware Tanzu Standard Edition:

  • vSphere with Tanzu
  • Tanzu Kubernetes Grid
  • Tanzu Mission Control

A candidate will also need a good understanding of core cloud native skills:

  • Containerization
  • Kubernetes
  • Application Modernization

As with other VCPs there are two required elements in addition to just knowing your stuff:

  • Completion of authorised training
  • Passing an exam

Learn more about the certification on this VCP-AM 2021 page.

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

New exam for VCAP-CMA Design 2021 - proper Cloud Management!

VMware have just released the latest exam for their VCAP-CMA Design 2021 certification.

There is a big shift in the objectives of the new exam compared to the previous version - the older exam focused only on vRealize Automation, the new exam also includes objectives on vRealize Operations as well as other products from the vRealize Suite - so it really is now a "proper" Cloud Management exam and certification.

As you'd expect from any new exam, the latest generation products are also covered - the old exam was based on vRA 7.x while the new exam covers vRA 8.x as well as vROps 8.x.

Learn more about the new exam on this Advanced Design VMware Cloud Management and Automation page, and about the certification more generally on this VMware Certified Advanced Professional - Cloud Management and Automation Design 2021 page.