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VMWare’s revised education paths.

Just attended a session at VMWorld on VCAP-DCD and figured I’d jot some notes on the revised VMware certification paths.

VMWare are changing the way they run their educational program.

Existing certs are being renamed
E.g. VCP5 being renamed to VCP5-DV – same qualification. This is because multiple solution tracks are now going to be available – as VMWare is of course expanding their offerings.

Changes to certification paths.
Each path will now have the achievement tracks : Professional, Advanced Professional, Expert.

There will be 5 solution tracks – these being:
Cloud, datacenter virtualised(DCD/DCA), end user computing(View), cloud application platform

This allows for role based certification I.e. engineer, administrator, architect or developers can chose paths that suit their specific requirements.
If you go to my learn.vmware.com you can actually search paths based on the roles specified above.
VCP-DV would be professional level, VCAP-DCA/DCD would be advanced professional and of course VCDx would be expert.

Currently 85000 VCPs and 2000 VCAPs and 100 VCDXs worldwide.

As ever, information for each of the exams will be available in BluePrints.
For VCAP exams, there are ui demos on Mylearn.vmware.com
Use the VMWare communities
There are severals study guides and books available
You HAVE to have a lab use VmWare workstation, or buy an Hp Microserver or two for about £150
Attend a course if you can afford it

Exams are schedule via Pearson Vue

If you are at VMWorld – there is a lab sim where you can have a crack at a few simulations – definitely worth the time and effort!

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