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A couple of updates from VMware for Spring 2019...
Exam Retirements On April 10th, VMware announced the retirement of 13 exams - all of which will no longer be available to take after August 30th, so if you are working towards them already you should have time to complete your preparations and get them done in time.
The exams themselves relate to a variety VCP and VCAP certifications, based on these older products:
Upgrades Without Exams Another recent change was the ability to upgrade an older version certification to a newer version by taking training only - no exams required!
As an example, let's say you took the vSphere 6.5 Install Configure Manage class and passed the 2 exams to achieve the VCP6.5-DCV certification - now if you complete an advanced training class on vSphere 6.7 (such as the Troubleshooting Workshop) you would be awarded the VCP-DCV 2019 certification.
I think this is a nice simple benefit if you were taking the training anyway - it's cheaper to upgrade by passing an exam, but now there might not be a need for you to do that at all.
VMware have announced a major shift in the naming and versioning for all certifications - alignment to the year in which a certification is earned, and a new annual release/update schedule for all VCP, VCAP, and VCDX certifications!
Naming Convention Using the Data Center Virtualization (DCV) track, here's an example of the the next generation of certification names:
VCAP-DCV Design 2019
VCAP-DCV Deploy 2019
Certifications launched from this month will use this new convention, starting with the release of:
VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2018 (VCP-DTM 2018)
VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Virtualization Deploy 2018 (VCAP-DCV Deploy 2018)
VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Management and Automation Deploy 2018 (VCAP- CMA Deploy 2018)
Release Schedule As you might expect from such a naming convention, there's also a switch to an annual release schedule:
January 1st: Release and update all VCP certifications
March 1st: Release and update all VCAP Design certifications
May 1st: Release and update all VCAP Deploy certifications
VCDX certification updates will follow VCAP releases
Benefits These changes give you:
Better predictability in certification releases
Stronger relevancy in the market - you can easily communicate your current status
Clarity of paths and requirements for upgrading and recertification
Wow, it's been an embarrassingly long time since I've posted here! My role at VMware is internal-only, and relentless - meaning that it's difficult to make the time to post updates...
So, here's an attempt at consolidating the most pertinent certification updates - in no particular order!
New Certification: VMware Certified Professional - Digital Workspace 2018 (VCP-DW 2018) As the boundaries blur between the traditional "desktop" workspace, and the proliferation of mobile devices and apps, VMware have just released a VCP certification centred around Workspace ONE - which I use all day every day as an employee!
New Certification: VMware Certified Associate - Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT) Rather than have a separate VCA certification in each of the 4 main solution areas as was previously the case, there is now just a single VCA on Digital Business Transformation.
As the focus is on digital transformation, there's a broad set of technologies/products/solutions covered - learn more by reading this blog post, and the VCA-DBT page.
Specialist Certifications: vSAN and vRealize Operations Rather than having full-blown certification tracks for vSAN and vRealize Operations, VMware launched "specialist" certifications for each of these technologies.
vSAN is also part of the DCV solution track for VCP/VCAP/VCDX, while vRealize Operations comes under CMA for VCP/VCAP/VCDX.
Bridging Paths for Current VCP Holders VMware now offer a single exam path to achieving the latest VCPs for the various solution tracks, for those who have a current VCP that is 2 versions behind the latest VCP.
Example: VCP5-DCV holders can go straight to VCP6.5-DCV without having to achieve VCP6-DCV first.
Before these new paths became available, older version VCP holders would need to pass 2 exams, or take a course and pass the same exams as a newbie.
Check this blog post for details, and more examples of how the new paths might apply to you.
Other A few other topics have been covered by "Certification Insights" blog posts: