Certification Policies and Agreements

Recertification Policy: VMware Certified Professional

Certifications are valuable assets for any IT professional and VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications are widely believed to reflect exceptional competence. Your VCP certification validates your ability to successfully employ current VMware products using best practices in operational environments.

Earning a VCP certification is a great achievement. But staying up to date in the expertise gained and proven by your certification is equally vital. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value.

Recertification is widely recognized in the IT industry and beyond as an important element of continuing professional growth. It enhances your credibility and demonstrates a commitment to your career, your employer, and your customers.

To ensure that all VCP holders maintain their proficiency, VMware has a recertification policy.
The policy gives you three ways to recertify:

  1. Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, if you are a VCP6.5-DCV you could earn the VCAP6.5-DCV Design certification.
  2. Take a current exam within your existing VCP certification track. For example, if you are a VCP6, you could take the current VCP6.5-DCV exam.
  3. Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP6-CMA, you could recertify by earning the VCP7-CMA certification.

Regardless of the option you choose, recertifying will enhance your ability to provide the highest quality results, and improve your chances for earning increased compensation and career advancement.

Recertification Process

  • You will be notified that your certification is due to expire via the email associated with your MyLearn account. Your transcript will also show the dates your certification is valid.
  • To recertify, pass any eligible VCP or higher-level exam or certification within two years of earning your most recent VCP certification.
  • Failure to recertify by the required date will result in revocation of your certification.
    There is no grace period after your certification is revoked.
    • If your certification is revoked, you will lose access to the VCP portal and your right to market yourself as certified for that certification, which includes the use of the VCP certification logos. Also, your transcript will reflect that your certification is no longer valid.
    • In order to regain VCP certified status if your VCP certification is revoked, you must satisfy all the requirements for the current VCP certification version.
      • You cannot use the same course that was used to meet the pre-requisite for your revoked VCP certification to meet the pre-requisite for your new VCP certification.


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