VMware Certifications

Whilst doing the rounds in the VMworld Solutions Exchange, I got into a conversation about VMware certifications on VMware’s stand. I was there for quite a while and learned a lot about how VMware choose questions and tasks for their exams. It’s quite an involved process and one designed to ensure that a certain percentage of people sitting the exams are capable of answering each question.

Each question must be carefully considered and researched by a small panel of people before it is submitted in to a pool from which the exams are built. In the case of the VCAP-DCA exam, extra effort is required to automate the creation of a suitable testing environment / conditions for the task and, where possible, a mechanism for automatically marking those tasks is required.

So, all things considered, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that exam development and release can take some time. Indeed, when I pressed for a VCAP5-DCA exam release date I wasn’t given a direct answer. It will take as long as it takes to get it right. There was, however, a strong feeling that it should be possible to sit the exam (or at least book it) before the year is out.

Michael is a Senior Consultant for Xtravirt. If it's got buttons or flashy lights on it then it'll probably be on his radar. When not "mending computers" (it's sometimes easier than explaining "cloud" to relatives), Michael provides essential education, entertainment and trampoline services to his two children.

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  1. says

    There was, however, a strong feeling that it should be possible to sit the exam (or at least book it) before the year is out.

    I certainly hope so! Right now, I have passed my VCP5 exam, and I have no way of moving forward – the VCAP5 exams are not out yet, and the VCAP4 exams require VCP4 (VCP5 is not a valid prerequisite).

    Also, I cannot take the VCP4 exam and move on from there – the vSphere 5 ICM course is not a valid prerequisite for that exam.

    So… I have to keep waiting for the new exams :)

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