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The VMware Certified Instructor (VCI) certification is the mark of VMware's commitment to training excellence. In combination with our VMware Certified Training Centers (VATC), customers know they are getting world class training. The VCI program is designed to ensure that all instructors meet a defined level of technical knowledge and presentation skills.

VCI's are expected to meet three (3) fundamental requirements to begin teaching our foundation level courses (there are additional requirements for advanced level courses):

  1. Attend the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5] (or whichever the current version is) course twice (one needs to be at least in classroom). PLEASE NOTE: We will accept one sit of the Install, Configure, Manage 5.1 course only until June, 2014. After June, both sits MUST be v5.5
  2. Pass the VCI-550 exam (this is an instructor version of the VCP exam, For more details on the VCI qualifying exams, click here).
    NOTE: You must obtain a voucher to register for this exam after you completed at least one sit of VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.5]. Contact your regional VMware VATC manager for details.
  3. Attend and pass a VMware Instructor Certification Workshop (ICW).


NOTE: the requirements may differ in certain geographic regions.

In addition to the above requirements, all VCI's must have an association with a 'sponsor' VATC. Each VCI must maintain this affiliation with a VATC, this demonstrates a commitment to deliver courses on a VATC's behalf. VMware Education will only accept applications from the sponsoring VATC management, not the VCI candidate directly. Only VATC's and qualified VCI's may deliver authorized VMware training. VMware Education will not consider any candidate without this sponsorship.

VCIs are required to teach at least a minimum of 30 days per calendar year (if you're in a developed country) and at least a minimum of 15 days per calendar year (if you're in a developing country) in order to maintain their VCI status.

The ICW process is designed to test your technical knowledge of the product and course contents, and close scrutiny of presentation style. A number of other key areas will also be explored, such as effective question handling, whiteboard skills, learning styles, to name a few. Each ICW is hosted by two senior instructors who will constantly assess your performance throughout the five (5) day course. This process allows VCI candidates to understand the technical detail and scope that is expected from VMware Education.

Click here to download a copy of the VCI Program Guide.

To submit a VCI application form for NEW candidates, please click here. Please fill out completely and allow 5-7 business days before you receive a reply.

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