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Certification Information
What is the process for registering for a VMware certification exam?
Why is “VCP5-DV” changing to “VCP5-DCV”?
When does the Recertification policy go into effect?
Is VCP5 the same as VCP5-DCV?
Why are the VCP logos changing?  Why are you no longer using the version numbers?
Do the recommended courses cover all of the material I will need to pass the exam?
How can I tell if a class is authorized and meets the certification requirements?
How do I register and schedule the exam?
How long does it take for my exam to show on my transcript?
I've forgotten my login information for the VCA, VCP, VCAP, or VCDX Portal. How can I retrieve it?
My certificate has my name spelled incorrectly, how can I get this fixed?
What are the benefits that come with VMware certification?
What if I need to reschedule my exam? What is the cancellation policy?
What resources are available to assist in certification exam preparation?
What should I expect on the day of the exam?
Why is VMware moving from product-focused to job-role-focused certifications?
Will the questions in the exam adapt to my answers to the pre-exam survey?
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Desktop Virtualization Certifications
What versions of VMware vSphere and VMware View should I study for the desktop certification exams?
What are the exam prerequisites for the desktop certifications?
If I am already a VCP5-DCV which exam should I take to earn my VCP-Desktop certification?
What is the retake policy for the VCP Level exams?
Where will the VCA and VCP exams be available?
Will the desktop virtualization certification exams be localized?
Will the VCP5-DT Exam go away?
Will there still be a course requirement if I take the VCP5-DT Exam path?
Recertification
What is VMware announcing?
Why is VMware announcing this policy change?
When does the policy go into effect?
What are the benefits of recertifying?
What certifications do I need to recertify by March 10, 2015?
How can passing another VCP or higher-level certification recertify my existing certification?
What happens if I allow my certification to expire?
Can I still access the VCP portal if my certification is revoked?
Is there a grace period after my certification is revoked, or do I need to start over?
Will you notify me when my certification is near its expiration date?
Is there a course requirement to recertify?
Is the recertification exam different from the normal exam?
Does the recertification exam cost the same?
Are there any course discounts available to help me get ready for the exam?
How does this policy affect me if I received my VCP5-DCV two or more years ago?
I have multiple VCP certifications. Which date do you look at to determine if I need to recertify?
My VCP level certification is over two years old, but VCAP certification is not --do I recertify?
My VCP is more than 2 years old, but I just received a VCA . Do I still need to recertify?
My VCAP certification is more recent than my VCP – when will the valid through date reflect this?
Which date is used when determining recertification?
I noticed that the VCP4-DCV certification is no longer offered after May -- why is that?
I have multiple accounts. How do I ensure my recertification is applied to the correct account?
Key Terminology
VCA
What are the pre-requisites for the VCA certifications?
What is covered on the VCA exams?
If I have a VCA level certification, do I still have to take the required course for the VCP level
What solution version is the VCA exam based on?
How long do I have to take the VCA exam?
Do I take this exam at a PearsonVue testing center?
What are the system requirements for the VCA exam?
If I don’t pass, how soon can I retake the VCA exam?
How many questions are there? What kind of questions are they.
What is the turnaround time for my VCA certification to show up on my transcript?
VCAP
What does the acronym VCAP represent?
Where will VCAP exams be available?
Can I take the VCAP certification exam if I do not have the appropriate VCP requirement?
Do I have to take the VCAP-DCA Exam in order to take the VCAP-DCD Exam?
Do the recommended courses cover all of the material I will need to know in order to pass the exam?
How are the VCAP design exams structured?
How long does it take to receive my score for the VCAP-DCA Exam?
I passed a VCAP design exam. When can I expect to receive notice of my certification?
What are the VCAP exam fees?
What is the retake policy for the VCAP exams?
Where can I find a list of topics covered in the exam?
Why is “Review” feature no longer available on the VCAP exams?
VCDX
Can I submit a fictitious design on my VCDX Application?
What are the fees associated with the VCDX certification?
Can VMware Consulting and Training Credits be used to pay for the application and defense fees?
Can I apply for more than one VCDX Defense at the same time?
Can I have more feedback following my failed attempt at the VCDX certification?
How can a third party verify my VCDX status?
How can I obtain a copy of the VCDX logo?
Why doesn’t VMware publish the pass rate for VCDX Defenses?
Will my VCDX defense include questions on topics also covered by prerequisite certifications?
What is the audience for the VCDX5-DCV certification?
What are the steps to becoming a VCDX5-DCV?
Can I submit my VCDX5-DCV Application before passing the required exams?
Questions on the VCDX4-DCV Certification
What are the steps to becoming a VCDX-Cloud?
What are the steps to becoming a VCDX-Desktop?
What is the audience for the VCDX-Cloud certification?
What is the audience for the VCDX-Desktop certification?
VCP-Cloud
Do I need to attend a class before I take the VCP-Cloud exam if I have VCP5-DCV certification?
How do I register for the VCP-Cloud Exam?
How long after I take the VCP-Cloud exam before I receive notification of my exam results?
How many questions are on the VCP-Cloud Exam?
How much time will I have to complete the VCP-Cloud exam?
What is available to me when I access the VCP Portal?
What is the difference between the VCP-Cloud and IaaS Exams?
What is the passing score for theVCP-Cloud and IaaS Exam?
What is the retake policy for the VCP-Cloud and IaaS Exam?
What topics are tested on the IaaS Exam?
What topics are tested on the VCP-Cloud Exam?
Will the questions on the VCP-Cloud or IaaS Exam adapt to my answers to the pre-exam survey?
VCP4-DCV
When will the VCP4-DCV Exam no longer be available?
How can I become a VCP4-DCV?
I already have a copy of VMware Workstation. Can I get another complimentary product instead?
What is the retake policy for VCP exams?
Where can I download the VCP logo?
Which version of VMware vSphere should I study?
VCP5-DCV
How can I become a VCP5-DCV?
Can I take “VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5]” to upgrade my certification from VCP3 or VCP4-DCV?
Do I have to take the Exam within a certain time period after taking the qualifying course?
Do I need to attend a class to qualify for VCP5-DCV? Can't I just self-study?
Do I need to take the class before I take the exam?
Does the VCP5-DCV Exam cover VMware vSphere 5.0 or vSphere 5.1?
Does vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SMBs [V5.0] course count towards VCP5-DCV?
How do I achieve the VCP5-DCV certification if I have taken a VCP4-DCV qualifying class?
How do I register for the VCP5-DCV certification exam?
How long after I pass the VCP5-DCV Exam before I receive notification of my exam results?
How many questions are on the VCP5-DCV Exam?
How much time will I have to complete the VCP5-DCV Exam?
I passed the VCP510 exam when it covered vSphere 5.x – do I need to take the VCP550 exam?
I took a vSphere 5.0 qualifying class, do I have to take the VCP510 exam or can I take the VCP550?
Is there a course requirement for VCP4-DCVs when upgrading to VCP5-DCV?
VMware does not have different exam identifier for dot releases. Why is VCP550 exam different?
What is available to me when I access the VCP Portal?
What is the passing score for the VCP5-DCV Exam?
What is the retake policy for the VCP5-DCV Exam?
What topics are tested on the VCP5-DCV Exam?
Where can I download the VCP5-DCV logo?
Why are you adding “Data Center Virtualization” to the name of the VCP5 certification?
Why should I take the VCP550 exam if I don’t receive a new certification?
Will registration be any different for the VCP550 exam?
Will the vSphere Install, Configure, Manage 5.5 course prepare me for the VCP510 version of exam?
Will there be a newer VCP5-DCV Exam released to go with VMware vSphere (V5.1)?
VI3
When did the VMware Design Exam on VI3 stop being offered?
When did the VMware Enterprise Administration Exam on VI3 stop being offered?
Will I receive a VCAP certification if I pass the Enterprise Administration or Design Exam?

What is the process for registering for a VMware certification exam?

  • Step 1: Go to certification landing page such as “vmware.com/go/vcp” and click “Register.”
  • Step 2: Sign-in to myLearn or create myLearn account. (New account creation includes authentication code mailed to email address.)
  • Step 3: Complete the request to register by confirming First and Last Name is the same as on your government issued ID.
  • Step 4: Create a new Pearson VUE (VMware testing) web account by providing First Name, Last Name, and Candidate ID as it was displayed during Step 3.
    For returning VMware test takers, go to pearsonvue.com/vmware and sign-in using your existing Pearson VUE (VMware testing) web account username and password.
  • Step 5: Proceed with the selection of the location, date and time of your exam, as well as the payment process as directed by Pearson VUE.

VMware Certification Exam Registration Details in English, Japanese, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

VMware Certification Exam Registration FAQ

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Why is “VCP5-DV” changing to “VCP5-DCV”?

"VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter Virtualization (VCP5-DV)" has been updated to "VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV)." The spelling of “Data Center” as two words better matches the industry use of the term and better translates into other languages.

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When does the Recertification policy go into effect?

The policy is effective as of March 10, 2014.

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Is VCP5 the same as VCP5-DCV?

"VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5" has been renamed "VMware Certified Professional 5 -Data Center Virtualization" to better highlight the specialization of the certified individual.

Similarly, VCP4, VCDX4, and VCDX5 have been renamed VCP4-DCV, VCDX4-DCV, and VCDX5-DCV.

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Why are the VCP logos changing?  Why are you no longer using the version numbers?

The VCP4 and VCP5 certifications have been renamed VMware Certified Professional 4 - Data Center Virtualization and VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization respectively.  The corresponding logos have been streamlined to emphasize the specialization.  Going forward, the new logos will replace the older logos with numbers on items such as logo wear and certificates.

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Do the recommended courses cover all of the material I will need to pass the exam?

While the recommended courses focus on many of the areas tested in the VMware certification exams, they do not cover all of the test materials. Knowledge that can only be gained from hands-on experience is also needed to pass the exams. Refer to the specific exam blueprints for details.

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How can I tell if a class is authorized and meets the certification requirements?

Classes on VMware technology are offered by a number of companies and institutes. However, in order to meet the VMware Certified Professional course requirement, you MUST attend a VMware Authorized course. To determine if a course you are considering attending is VMware Authorized, ensure the course is listed on our Web site: vmware.com/education. You may also attend authorized training through a VMware IT Academy. Please click here for the full list of VMware IT Academy participants.

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How do I register and schedule the exam?

See document: VMware Certification Exam Registration: Detailed Information for VCIs in English, Japanese, Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

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How long does it take for my exam to show on my transcript?

Certification exams results are processed within two business days and VMware will notify you of your certification status within two business days via email. At this point, if you have met all certification requirements, your certification will be reflected on your online transcript (myTranscript), and your eCertificate can be obtained from this page.

NOTE: Live lab exams, such as VCAP-DCA, VCAP-CIA and VCAP-DTA exams are scored separately and will require additional time for certification status updates.

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I've forgotten my login information for the VCA, VCP, VCAP, or VCDX Portal. How can I retrieve it?

As a VCA, VCP, VCAP, for VCDX, you can access your private certified portal by using your VMware Training username and password. If you receive an error, please check your "myEnrollments" page to see if any tasks need to be completed. If this is not the case, contact certification@vmware.com for assistance. Please include your Candidate ID.

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My certificate has my name spelled incorrectly, how can I get this fixed?

Send an email to certification@vmware.com. Be sure to include the correct spelling of your name, copy of government issued ID, and your VMware certification Candidate ID.

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What are the benefits that come with VMware certification?

Benefits include:

  • Recognition of your technical knowledge and skills
  • Official transcripts
  • Use of the “VMware Certified” logo
  • Access to the exclusive VCA,VCP,VCAP, or VCDX Portal & Logo Merchandise Store
  • Invitation to beta classes and exams
  • Discounted admission to VMware events
  • Greater opportunities for career advancement

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What if I need to reschedule my exam? What is the cancellation policy?

If you wish to cancel or reschedule your exam, you must contact Pearson VUE at least one business day prior to your exam appointment to cancel your exam.

Cancelling or rescheduling an exam less than 24 hours before your appointment is subject to a same-day forfeit exam fee/voucher.

Exam fees are not refundable for no-shows and vouchers cannot be replaced.

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What resources are available to assist in certification exam preparation?

Exam preparation resources include:

Check program specific pages for resources specific to the certification exam.

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What should I expect on the day of the exam?

Pearson created a video detailing what your exam day will entail.

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Why is VMware moving from product-focused to job-role-focused certifications?

VMware certifications and certification tracks have been designed to meet the demands of the changing IT landscape. Our customers and partners confirm the value of certifications that can validate an IT professional's ability to bridge an array of products, solutions, and skill sets and to grow with the evolution of the data center and cloud technologies.

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Will the questions in the exam adapt to my answers to the pre-exam survey?

No. The survey is for demographic data collection purposes only and in no way affects the number or type of questions you will be given in the exam.

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.What is VMware announcing?

VMware is implementing a recertification policy for VCP certification. To recertify, VMware Certified Professional (VCP) holders must pass any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification.

See more FAQs under "Recertification" category.

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What versions of VMware vSphere and VMware View should I study for the desktop certification exams?

The VCP5-DT exam is based on VMware View 5.x. Review the certification requirements for VCP5-DT for a listing of the knowledge and skills tested.

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What are the exam prerequisites for the desktop certifications?

  • VMware View:: VCP5-DCV or VCP-Cloud certification
  • VCP5-DT: No prerequisites required.

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If I am already a VCP5-DCV which exam should I take to earn my VCP-Desktop certification?

Since you already have proven your VMware vSphere competence it is recommended you take the VMware View (VCP510-DT) Exam.

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What is the retake policy for the VCP Level exams?

There is a 7 calendar day period between exam attempts for unsuccessful candidates. If a candidate passes the exam, they cannot take the exam again until a new major revision of the product and certification is released.

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Where will the VCA and VCP exams be available?

VMware certification exams are available around the world through Pearson VUE, a third party authorized testing center. Check the exam center locations listing to find one near you.

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Will the desktop virtualization certification exams be localized?

Go to the Certification Exams by Language page to see what languages are available.

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Will the VCP5-DT Exam go away?

Yes and No. The current VCP5-DT Exam will be re-named to the VMware View Exam. This exam, along with the VCP5-DCV Exam, will be one of the tracks you can take to achieve the VCP-Desktop certification.

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Will there still be a course requirement if I take the VCP5-DT Exam path?

Yes. An approved course will be required in addition to the VCP5-DT Exam to earn the VCP-Desktop certification. Click here for approved courses.

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What is VMware announcing?

VMware is implementing a recertification policy for VCP certification. To recertify, VMware Certified Professional (VCP) holders must pass any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification.

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Why is VMware announcing this policy change?

Currently, VCP certification holders are not required to recertify their skills, which is uncommon in the IT industry, Maintaining currency in the expertise gained and proven by VMware certifications is just as important as earning the certification initially. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. The technical and business communities expect that VMware certified professionals are current on the latest technologies and capable of implementing VMware products with the highest level of skill. To ensure that all certification holders meet these expectations, VMware is instituting a recertification.

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When does the policy go into effect?

The policy is effective as of March 10, 2014.

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What are the benefits of recertifying?

In addition to proving that you are maintaining your skills with the latest technology, you also receive the same benefits as if you were a newly certified candidate, including:

  • Recognition of your technical knowledge and skills
  • Official transcripts
  • Access to the exclusive VCP portal & logo merchandise store
  • Invitation to beta exams and classes
  • Use of the certification logo on personal websites and business cards
  • Discounted admission to VMware events
  • Discounts from VMware Press
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What certifications do I need to recertify by March 10, 2015?

All VCP level certifications -- VCP-DCV, VCP-Cloud, VCP-Desktop -- that were earned prior to March 10, 2013 must be recertified by March 10, 2015. Any VCP2, VCP3, VCP4, or VCP5 certification can be recertified during this period by simply taking a current VCP or VCAP exam(however, you must still meet all current requirements for the VCAP exam). Anyone holding a VCP certification awarded prior to March 10, 2013 has until March 10, 2015 to recertify. Certifications awarded after March 10, 2013 have two years during which they will need to recertify.

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How can passing another VCP or higher-level certification recertify my existing certification?

It recognizes and rewards your continued growth into new knowledge areas.

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What happens if I allow my certification to expire?

Your certification will be revoked, and you will no longer be entitled to use the certification logo or represent yourself as VMware certified. Your certification will be shown as no longer valid on your MyLearn account. Any employer who contacts us to validate your certification will be informed it is no longer valid.

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Can I still access the VCP portal if my certification is revoked?

No.

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Is there a grace period after my certification is revoked, or do I need to start over?

No. There is no grace period after your certification is revoked. To regain certified status, you will need to meet all the prerequisites for the specific certification.

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Will you notify me when my certification is near its expiration date?

Yes. You will receive an email notice at the email address associated with your MyLearn account.

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Is there a course requirement to recertify?

Previously, a candidate was given a limited amount of time to upgrade their existing certification, after which a course was required. Effective with the announcement of this recertification policy, a candidate can recertify anytime within their 2-year recertification period, without a course requirement. However, we recommend that you do enroll in training, as hands-on experience through on demand or live (classroom or virtual) classes will provide you with the latest education to better prepare you for the exam.

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Is the recertification exam different from the normal exam?

No.

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Does the recertification exam cost the same?

Yes. There may be discounts and promotions available here.

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Are there any course discounts available to help me get ready for the exam?

You can find the currently available discounts and promotions here.

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How does this policy affect me if I received my VCP5-DCV two or more years ago?

A candidate holding any VCP level certification(s) -- VCP-DCV, VCP-Cloud, VCP-Desktop -- that were earned on or before March 10, 2013 must recertify by March 10, 2015.

If your certification was earned after March 10, 2013, you must recertify within two years of that date.

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I have multiple VCP certifications. Which date do you look at to determine if I need to recertify?

The most recent certification date will be used to determine your recertification deadline. For example, if you earned VCP5-DCV on January 1, 2012 and VCP5-DT on February 10, 2014, then your recertification deadline will be based on the VCP5-DT date. In this case, the recertification deadline is February 10, 2016.

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My VCP level certification is over two years old, but VCAP certification is not --do I recertify?

The most recent certification date will be used to determine your recertification deadline. For example, if you earned VCP5-DCV on January 1, 2012 and VCP5-DT on February 10, 2014, then your recertification deadline will be based on the VCP5-DT date. In this case, the recertification deadline is February 10, 2016.

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My VCP is more than 2 years old, but I just received a VCA . Do I still need to recertify?

The only way to recertify your VCP is to pass a higher version of the exam or pass an exam of another track (excluding VCA).

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My VCAP certification is more recent than my VCP – when will the valid through date reflect this?

We will be adding functionality to the system to reflect these situations in the coming months.

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Which date is used when determining recertification?

You may have taken the coure and passed the exam in 2013, but shows you were not certified until 2014 when you completed your certification tasks. The date you completed the tasks is the official date that will be used to determine your recertification date.

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I noticed that the VCP4-DCV certification is no longer offered after May -- why is that?

This certification is based on technology that has since been greatly expanded. Our new recertification policy ensures that all certification holders are current on the latest technologies; therefore, we have decided to end this program’s availability.

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I have multiple accounts. How do I ensure my recertification is applied to the correct account?

We encourage you to merge your accounts by contacting certification@vmware.com. If all of your certifications are under a single account, your recertification will apply to all impacted certifications. If you maintain separate accounts, you may run the risk of having multiple recertification dates.

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Key Terminology

Recertification: Recertification is the process by which a certification holder demonstrates that they have kept up with current technology by passing any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification. Valid certifications may be recertified indefinitely, but if not recertified before the “valid through” date listed on the certification, it is revoked.

Exam Retirement: The exam may no longer be purchased or taken. The retirement of an exam does not impact the status of certification holders who achieved certification by taking that exam. The related certification remains valid until its date of expiration.

Certification Retirement: The certification is no longer attainable for new candidates. If a candidate already holds it, it will remain valid until the expiration date of that certification.

Certification Revocation: The certification is no longer considered valid. A revoked certification is shown as no longer valid on the candidate’s MyLearn account. Any employer who contacts us to validate a revoked certification will be informed it is no longer valid. To regain certified status, candidates will need to meet all the prerequisites for the specific certification.

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What are the pre-requisites for the VCA certifications?

The only requirement for earning VCA certification is passing the relevant VCA exam. There is a free elearning course available that can help you prepare for each exam, but it is not required.

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What is covered on the VCA exams?

You can find complete details on what’s included on the VCA exams by reading the blueprints available from www.vmware.com/certification.

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If I have a VCA level certification, do I still have to take the required course for the VCP level

Yes. VCA certification does not change the requirements of the VCP level exams. You will still need to complete a qualifying course and pass the relevant exam.

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What solution version is the VCA exam based on?

The VCA certification is focused on terminology, functionality, and use cases rather than precise technical details. Generally speaking, the features and functionality discussed in the VCA curriculum and exams are based on the current major release – in other words, for the VCA-DCV, we are discussing vSphere V5.x, not the granular details of v5.1.

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How long do I have to take the VCA exam?

Once you have registered for the VCA exam at Pearson VUE, you will have 2 days to begin the exam. Once you begin the exam, you have 75 minutes to finish.

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Do I take this exam at a PearsonVue testing center?

No. The VCA exam is a computer-based exam that can be taken anywhere you have sufficient internet access.

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What are the system requirements for the VCA exam?
  • Operating System: Windows 2000 or higher, Mac OS X 10.3.9 or higher.
  • Internet browser version: Internet Explorer v6 or higher, Firefox 3.0 or higher, Safari 2.0 or higher, Chrome 5.0 or higher.
  • Screen resolution: equal or greater than 1024 x 768.
  • Flash: Flash version 9 or greater could be required but depends on the exam you are taking.
  • Internet connection: you will need a sustained, high speed internet connection for the duration of the exam.
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If I don’t pass, how soon can I retake the VCA exam?

You can retake the exam immediately, but we strongly recommend taking time to review the preparatory elearning before your second attempt.

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How many questions are there? What kind of questions are they.

There are 50 multiple choice questions on each VCA exam.

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What is the turnaround time for my VCA certification to show up on my transcript?

Please allow for 2 business days for your transcript to be fully updated.

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What does the acronym VCAP represent?

VMware Certified Advanced Professional. Any previous usage of VCAP for any other program has been discontinued.

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Where will VCAP exams be available?

VMWare certification exams will be available around the world through Pearson VUE, a third party authorized testing center. Check the Exam Center Locations listing to find one near you.

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Can I take the VCAP certification exam if I do not have the appropriate VCP requirement?

You must have a valid VCP certification to obtain authorization for a VCAP exam and you will not be able to register without authorization. Check the certification program page for specific requirements and to request authorization.

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Do I have to take the VCAP-DCA Exam in order to take the VCAP-DCD Exam?

The VCAP-DCA Exam and the VCAP-DCD Exam are unique specialties within the VCAP program. You do not have to take one exam in order to take the other.

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Do the recommended courses cover all of the material I will need to know in order to pass the exam?

While the advanced courses focus on many of the areas tested in the VCAP exams, they do not cover all of the test materials. Knowledge that can only be gained from hands-on experience is also needed to pass the exams. Refer to the VCAP exam blueprints for details.

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How are the VCAP design exams structured?

VCAP design exams (VCAP-DCD, VCAP-DTD, and VCAP-CID) may include a mixture of multiple-choice questions, drag-and-drop items, and design items that use an in-exam design tool. During the exam you will be designing solutions based on customer scenarios using the design tool. These items take significantly longer to complete than the multiple choice or drag-and-drop items, and time should be budgeted accordingly during the exam.

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How long does it take to receive my score for the VCAP-DCA Exam?

15 business days from the date of the exam.

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I passed a VCAP design exam. When can I expect to receive notice of my certification?

You will receive your score report from the Pearson VUE testing center at the time of exam completion.

If you passed the exam, VMware will notify you of your certification status within two business days.

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What are the VCAP exam fees?

Prices vary across countries and currencies. To determine the associated exam fee, go to www.pearsonvue.com/vmware and elect to "Schedule a test." Upon selecting the test and testing center location the applicable currency and fee is indicated.

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What is the retake policy for the VCAP exams?

There is a 14 calendar day period after the first exam attempt for unsuccessful candidates. If a candidate fails the exam twice or more, there is a 30 calendar day period before being able to take the exam again. If a candidate passes the exam, they cannot take the exam again until a new major revision of the certification is released.

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Where can I find a list of topics covered in the exam?

Exam blueprints for each certification exam can be found on the program overview page. Go to vmware.com/certification and click on the certification of interest.

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Why is “Review” feature no longer available on the VCAP exams?

The "Review" feature has been disabled on on VCAP design exams:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 4 – Data Center Design (VCAP4-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD)

Candidates cannot return to questions to review or revise their responses. Candidates must complete each question as it is presented to them or skip the question with no option to return.

Flash-based items in these exams may malfunction when they are re-opened causing the candidate to lose the work they completed. Rather than risk this happening, the review feature has been disabled for these exams.

This decision was made to provide the best exam environment for our candidates and is in no way meant to increase the exam difficulty.

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Can I submit a fictitious design on my VCDX Application?

Yes. The design you submit with the VCDX Application must fall into one of these categories:

  1. An actual design generated as part of a design and implementation project
  2. A partially fictitious design: one based on work done as part of a design-and-implementation project, but that has been modified to demonstrate your mastery of all design areas outlined in the VCDX Defense Blueprint (available at www.vmware.com/go/vcdx)
  3. A wholly fictitious design

Fictitious designs, as well as fictitious components of otherwise actual designs, will be evaluated as if they were part of an actual design-and-implementation project. Fictitious and actual components of a partially fictitious design will be evaluated according to the same standard.

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What are the fees associated with the VCDX certification?

There are two separate fees: An Application Fee of $300 USD is collected when you have submitted a complete application package. If the application is accepted for a defense before the VCDX Panel, a Defense Fee of $900 USD will be due. Fees are subject to change.

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Can VMware Consulting and Training Credits be used to pay for the application and defense fees?

Yes. Visit this page for details.

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Can I apply for more than one VCDX Defense at the same time?

No, a candidate can have only one application submitted at any one time.

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Can I have more feedback following my failed attempt at the VCDX certification?

Why is only high-level feedback provided to unsuccessful candidates?

Candidates who achieve the VCDX certification can identify and clearly articulate requirements, map technical specifications to business requirements, and explain design rationale – both in writing and during the defense.

Unsuccessful candidates’ notification letters includes a personalized summary of areas where they scored the lowest. These notifications are not a generic letter; such as might result from a multiple-choice exam with machine-generated score reports. VCDX applications and defenses are graded manually, several separate times, by a team of panelists. The resulting feedback is the culmination of all this manual evaluation and analysis of the candidate’s performance.

Candidates who request additional feedback should consider:

  • The VCDX certification applies to the abilities of the candidate, not the submitted design. The areas identified as those the candidate should consider in “developing and/or demonstrating higher proficiency” often do not refer to areas not (sufficiently) addressed in the design documentation. The areas for improvement provided in the feedback are for the designer and not necessarily for the submitted design.
  • The entire defense proceeding is itself a feedback session: panelists, through their questioning, reveal areas that were not clearly documented, where rationale was unclear, insufficient or absent.
  • Viewing the word count as more important than the value of the feedback provided could result in a lost opportunity to grow as an architect and/or oral test taker.
  • The purpose of VCDX oral testing is to evaluate and validate the individual’s ability to design. Design documentation can include contributions by team members, repurposed templates and best practices. The VCDX certification process is designed to confirm and discern the candidate’s own knowledge and skills.
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How can a third party verify my VCDX status?

A complete listing of VMware Certified Design Experts and their biographies can be found on the VCDX Directory: www.vmware.com/go/vcdxdirectory

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How can I obtain a copy of the VCDX logo?

Certified individuals can download the logo from the private Certified Professional Portal. Go to http://www.vmware.com/certification, select VCDX Login, and enter your VMware Training username and password.

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Why doesn’t VMware publish the pass rate for VCDX Defenses?

Pass-rate information would not be helpful to a candidate preparing to attempt the VCDX certification. The certification is granted to any individual who meets the prerequisites and demonstrates qualifying knowledge and skills. VMware does not have an agenda to fail a certain percentage of candidates.

A primary overall goal of the VCDX program is to advance the field of enterprise design for virtualized infrastructure. This goal will be best served when, someday, every candidate who reaches the VCDX Defense phase succeeds (as measured by our established criteria) and is certified.

Pass rates for all VMware certification exams, including the VCDX application and defense process, are strictly confidential.

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Will my VCDX defense include questions on topics also covered by prerequisite certifications?

The primary intent of the defense is to allow the candidate to display his or her mastery of the submitted design and virtualization design in general. However, panelists may probe the candidate on specific technology questions that may or may not also be in the scope of those other certifications. The requirements for VCDX certification include deep technology mastery, and such questions allow the panelists to probe that area of a candidate's skills.

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What is the audience for the VCDX5-DCV certification?

The VMware Certified Design Expert 5 – Data Center Virtualization is an advanced certification developed for design architects of VMware enterprise deployments. The VMware Certified Design Expert program measures a candidate's ability to design, implement, document, and test a VMware technology based data center infrastructure that meets customer objectives.

In his or her typical job role, the successful VCDX5-DCV candidate holds primary responsibility for architectural design of a proposed virtual infrastructure, configuration recommendations, implementation planning, integration to third-party components, and deployment validation processes and procedures.

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What are the steps to becoming a VCDX5-DCV?

For complete VCDX5-DCV certification requirements please refer to the VCDX5-DCV program overview.

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Can I submit my VCDX5-DCV Application before passing the required exams?

We will not accept your application until you have met all the prerequisites for the certification. However, candidates are encouraged to download the Handbook & Application and start working on preparing the application package as soon as possible.

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Questions on the VCDX4-DCV Certification

If my VCDX4-DCV application was not accepted, and no new applications will be accepted, do I have to prepare a new application on VCDX5-DCV?

Yes.

If my VCDX4-DCV application was accepted, but I do not achieve VCDX4-DCV at the June 9 defense, do I have to prepare a new application on VCDX5-DCV?

Yes.

If my VCDX4-DCV application was accepted, but I cannot attend the June 9 defense, do I have to prepare a new application on VCDX5-DCV?

Yes.

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What are the steps to becoming a VCDX-Cloud?

For complete VCDX-Cloud certification requirements please refer to the VCDX-Cloud program overview.

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What are the steps to becoming a VCDX-Desktop?

For complete VCDX-Desktop certification requirements please refer to the VCDX-Desktop program overview.

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What is the audience for the VCDX-Cloud certification?

The VCDX-Cloud program measures a candidate's ability to design, implement, document, and test scalable, complex, single and multi-tenant public/private/hybrid VMware vCloud® environments that meet specific customer business objectives.

In his or her typical job role, the successful VCDX-Cloud candidate holds primary responsibility for the architectural design of VMware vCloud® solutions including configuration recommendations, integration of third-party components, implementation planning, and deployment validation processes and procedures.

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What is the audience for the VCDX-Desktop certification?

The VMware Certified Design Expert – Desktop is an advanced certification developed for architects of VMware Horizon Suite® solutions. The VCDX-Desktop program measures a candidate's ability to design, implement, document, and test scalable, complex, Desktop Virtualization and Mobile Computing® environments that meet specific customer business objectives.

In his or her typical job role, the successful VCDX-Desktop candidate holds primary responsibility for the architectural design of VMware View® or VMware Horizon View® solutions including configuration recommendations, integration of third-party components, implementation planning, and deployment validation processes and procedures.

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Do I need to attend a class before I take the VCP-Cloud exam if I have VCP5-DCV certification?

No. However, we recommend taking vCloud Director: Install, Configure, Manage and and vCloud Automation Center: Install, Configure, Manage as they cover a majority of the objectives covered in the exam.

If you are not currently VCP5-DCV certified, you will need to take at least one of those courses prior to taking the VCP-Cloud exam.

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How do I register for the VCP-Cloud Exam?

The VCP-Cloud exam is administered by Pearson VUE, a third-party, authorized testing center, with over 5000 locations worldwide. Visit http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware and select the VCP-Cloud Certification exam (exam code: VCPC550).

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How long after I take the VCP-Cloud exam before I receive notification of my exam results?

You will receive your score report from the Pearson VUE testing center at the time of exam completion.

If you passed the exam, VMware will notify you that your certification has been achieved. Please expect 10-15 business days from your exam date for this notification, and for your certification to appear on your online transcript.

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How many questions are on the VCP-Cloud Exam?

The VCP-Cloud Exam consists of 85 questions and a short, pre-exam survey consisting of 8 questions.

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How much time will I have to complete the VCP-Cloud exam?

You will be provided 120 minutes to complete the exam, and an additional 15 minutes to complete the pre-exam survey. For candidates in countries where English is a second language, an extra 30 minutes is provided.

For the purposes of this exam, countries where English is considered one of the primary languages include Australia, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

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What is available to me when I access the VCP Portal?

The VCP Portal contains the VCP-Cloud logo and usage guidelines, and allows access to the VCP Store for VCP branded merchandise.

Access to the portal is granted once you have been notified of your certification status by email and you have agreed to the VMware Certification Agreement online. Please expect 10 business days from your exam date for this notification.

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What is the difference between the VCP-Cloud and IaaS Exams?

To become VCP-Cloud certified, you can either take one of the VCP-Cloud exams requires along with a current VCP certification or a related class, OR take the IaaS exam and have a VCP5-DCV certification.

The IaaS exam has not been updated for the latest versions of vCloud Director and does not include questions on vCloud Automation Center. It also does not include data center virtualization topics, and is thus only 85 questions long with 90 minutes to complete, with an extra 30 minutes provided for candidates in countries where English is a second language.

The VCP-Cloud exams (both the original VCPC510 and the new VCPC550) include both data center virtualization & infrastructure as a service topics.

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What is the passing score for theVCP-Cloud and IaaS Exam?

The passing score for this exam is 300, using a scaled scoring method. The scale is from 100-500. Scaled scores are calculated using a mathematical formula that considers a variety of factors, including the number and type of exam questions included in a specific version of the exam. Because this combination may vary in different versions of the same examination, scaled scores provide a fair score for each individual based on the version of the exam taken.

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What is the retake policy for the VCP-Cloud and IaaS Exam?

If you fail your exam attempt, you are allowed to re-take the exam, but you must wait seven (7) calendar days before attempting the exam again. If a candidate passes the exam, they cannot take the exam again until a new major revision of the certification is released.

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What topics are tested on the IaaS Exam?

Please review the IaaS Exam Blueprint Guide to see what topics are tested in the exam. The guide can be downloaded from: www.vmware.com/go/vcpiaas.

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What topics are tested on the VCP-Cloud Exam?

Please review the VCP-Cloud Exam Blueprint Guide to see what topics are tested in the exam. The guide can be downloaded from: www.vmware.com/go/vcpcloud

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Will the questions on the VCP-Cloud or IaaS Exam adapt to my answers to the pre-exam survey?

No. The survey is for demographic purposes only and in no way affects the number or type of questions you will be given in the exam.

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When will the VCP4-DCV Exam no longer be available?

The exam will be retired as of May 31, 2014.

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How can I become a VCP4-DCV?

VCP4-DCV certification will be retired as of May 31, 2014. If you requested authorization prior to April 30, 2014 you have until May 31, 2014 to take the qualifying exam. There will be no extensions granted.

View File for Additional Details (VCP4-DV-Exam-Blueprint-v2_4.pdf)
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I already have a copy of VMware Workstation. Can I get another complimentary product instead?

No, at this time we do not offer any alternatives.

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What is the retake policy for VCP exams?

There is a seven (7) calendar day waiting period between attempts. Once a candidate passes the exam, they cannot take the exam again until a new major revision of the certification is released.

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Where can I download the VCP logo?

VCP logos can be downloaded by certified individuals from the VCP Portal. Access to the VCP Portal is granted once you have been notified of your certification status by email and you have agreed to the VMware Certification Agreement online.

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Which version of VMware vSphere should I study?

VMware continually reviews the impact of major and minor releases to ensure that all content on the VCP exam is consistent with the latest release of the software. We may also test on components included in these update releases if the components fall within already stated exam objectives, as they appear on the current version of the Exam Blueprint Guide. New features unrelated to existing exam objectives would not be tested in the current release of the exam.

As a result, when preparing for the exam, always use the latest version of the product documentation.

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How can I become a VCP5-DCV?

Please refer to http://www.vmware.com/go/vcp for detailed requirements.

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Can I take “VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5]” to upgrade my certification from VCP3 or VCP4-DCV?

VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5] is a two-day course targeted at the differences between vSphere 4 and vSphere 5.

VCP3s are required to take either the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5]. VMware vSphere: Fast Track [V5] or the VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale [V5] course in preparation for the VCP5-DCV Exam.

VMware vSphere: What’s New [V5] meets the course requirement for the VCP4-DCV upgrading to VCP5-DCV or for an individual who has completed a VCP4-DCV qualifying course.

Please refer to vmware.com/go/vcp for detailed requirements.

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Do I have to take the Exam within a certain time period after taking the qualifying course?

No. There is no set time frame for taking the exam after attending the class.

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Do I need to attend a class to qualify for VCP5-DCV? Can't I just self-study?

The VCP5-DCV certification has a course requirement, which must be met in order to obtain the certification. Several course options are available to you. To determine which course may be right for you, visit http://www.vmware.com/go/vcp.

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Do I need to take the class before I take the exam?

While you can take the class and the exam in any order, VMware recommends that you complete the course requirement prior to scheduling and taking the exam.

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Does the VCP5-DCV Exam cover VMware vSphere 5.0 or vSphere 5.1?

A review of the exam by Subject Matter Experts concluded that the differences between VMWare vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 do not warrant a complete update of the VCP5-DCV Exam.

To avoid any confusion we will be revising the exam content to be version neutral, so candidates can use study materials relating to either vSphere 5.0 or 5.1. The revised VCP5-DCV Exam has been released. For details, visit www.vmware.com/go/vcp.

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Does vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SMBs [V5.0] course count towards VCP5-DCV?

What is the difference between it and the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage[V5]" course?

There are three key differences between these two courses.

  1. Firstly, the format. "VMware VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SMBs [V5.0]" is unique in its use of new “Epic Live” online class is an exciting new Live Online delivery option using the latest HD video broadcast, and offers an instant replay option (see the datasheet for more details).
  2. Secondly, the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SMBs [V5.0]" course does not cover some of the Enterprise level licensed features, which are covered in the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [5.0]" course.
  3. Thirdly, the lab environment is self-paced, so students are expected to complete the labs in their own time.

Given the differences between the content covered in the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [5.0]" course, the lab environment and expectations against the VCP5-DCV exam blueprint, the "VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage for SMBs [V5.0]" course does not qualify for the VCP5-DCV Certification course requirement.

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How do I achieve the VCP5-DCV certification if I have taken a VCP4-DCV qualifying class?

If you have taken one of the qualifying VCP4-DCV courses you can take the VMware vSphere: What's New [V5] course, then sit for the VCP5-DCV Exam.

Please refer to vmware.com/go/vcp for detailed requirements.

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How do I register for the VCP5-DCV certification exam?

The VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization exam is administered by Pearson VUE, a third-party, authorized testing center, with over 5000 locations worldwide. To register, visit vmware.com/go/vcp and select the appropriate exam.

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How long after I pass the VCP5-DCV Exam before I receive notification of my exam results?

Candidates will receive their score report from the Pearson VUE testing center at the time of exam completion.

If you passed the exam, VMware will notify you of your certification status within two business days.

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How many questions are on the VCP5-DCV Exam?

The VCP5-DCV exam consists of 85 questions and a short, pre-exam survey consisting of eight questions.

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How much time will I have to complete the VCP5-DCV Exam?

You will be provided 90 minutes to complete the exam, and an additional 15 minutes to complete the pre-exam survey. For candidates in countries where English is a second language, an extra 30 minutes is provided. For the purposes of this exam, countries where English is considered one of the primary languages include Australia, Belize, Bermuda, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States.

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I passed the VCP510 exam when it covered vSphere 5.x – do I need to take the VCP550 exam?

No, passing the new VCP550 exam will convey the same certification (VCP5-DCV) as the version 5.0/5.1 (VCP510) exam (as long as you have also completed a qualifying course). You will not receive an additional certification when you pass the VCP550 exam.

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I took a vSphere 5.0 qualifying class, do I have to take the VCP510 exam or can I take the VCP550?

You can take either the VCP510 or VCP550 exam regardless of which V5.x qualifying course you took. However, the content on the VCP510 exam is more closely aligned with the classes based on vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vice versa.

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Is there a course requirement for VCP4-DCVs when upgrading to VCP5-DCV?

No. If you have a valid VCP certification you can take another VCP level certification without taking a required training course.

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VMware does not have different exam identifier for dot releases. Why is VCP550 exam different?

The vSphere version 5.5 release is a significant enough change in the product to need a new exam. VMware only awards new certifications at the full release of a product.

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What is available to me when I access the VCP Portal?

Sign in to the VCP Portal to access certified professional benefits such as logos and discounts.

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What is the passing score for the VCP5-DCV Exam?

The passing score for this exam is 300, using a scaled scoring method. The scale is from 100-500. Scaled scores are calculated using a mathematical formula that considers a variety of factors, including the number and type of exam questions included in a specific version of the exam. Because this combination may vary in different versions of the same examination, scaled scores provide a fair score for each individual based on the version of the exam taken.

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What is the retake policy for the VCP5-DCV Exam?

If you fail your exam attempt, you are allowed to re-take the exam, but you must wait seven (7) calendar days before attempting the exam again. If a candidate passes the exam, they cannot take the exam again until a new major revision of the certification is released.

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What topics are tested on the VCP5-DCV Exam?

Please review the VCP5-DCV Exam Blueprint Guide to see what topics are tested in the exam. The guide can be downloaded from: http://www.vmware.com/go/vcp.

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Where can I download the VCP5-DCV logo?

The VCP5-DCV logo can be downloaded by certified individuals from the VCP Portal. Access to the VCP Portal is granted once you have been notified of your certification status by email.

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Why are you adding “Data Center Virtualization” to the name of the VCP5 certification?

To better clarify and identify the skills and knowledge covered by the program and more closely align our programs with the areas that VMware, our customers, and the IT industry are focused on today and in the future.

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Why should I take the VCP550 exam if I don’t receive a new certification?

Passing the VCP550 exam will show that you are up to date on the newest vSphere products. This will allow you to better perform your role as a virtualization professional.

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Will registration be any different for the VCP550 exam?

No. You will use the same process for registering for the VCP550 exam as you use for other VCP exams from VMware.

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Will the vSphere Install, Configure, Manage 5.5 course prepare me for the VCP510 version of exam?

The VCP510 version of the VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization exam focuses on 5.0 and 5.1 versions of vSphere. There are new features present in the vSphere V5.5 product release that are covered in the related 5.5 classes. The bulk of the vSphere 5 product has not changed and is covered in both classes. Candidates taking the 5.5 classes will find the VCP550 exam covers all of the course objectives. Candidates taking the 5.5 classes that attempt the VCP510 exam will find that the new features that are a part of the 5.5 product are not covered in the exam objectives.

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Will there be a newer VCP5-DCV Exam released to go with VMware vSphere (V5.1)?

A review of the exam by Subject Matter Experts concluded that the differences between VMWare vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 do not warrant a complete update of the VCP5-DCV exam.

To avoid any confusion we will be revising the exam content to be version neutral, so candidates can use study materials relating to either vSphere 5.0 or 5.1. The revised VCP5-DCV Exam has been released. For details, visit www.vmware.com/go/vcp

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When did the VMware Design Exam on VI3 stop being offered?

The VMware Design Exam on VI3 stopped being offered on March 31, 2010.

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When did the VMware Enterprise Administration Exam on VI3 stop being offered?

The VMware Enterprise Administration Exam on VI3 stopped being offered on Aug 30, 2010.

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Will I receive a VCAP certification if I pass the Enterprise Administration or Design Exam?

VCAP certifications will not be available for exams on VI3.

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