Getting Started with VMware Certification (The Easier Way)

It’s always been difficult to justify getting started on the journey to a VMware certification. In the past, the first certification available from VMware was the VMware Certified Professional (VCP). This in itself was a large first step to take, comprising an instructor-led prerequisite and a technical-level exam. Somewhat daunting and costly!

All that is changing with 2 important new developments from the VMware Certification Team: VMware Certified Associate (VCA) and on-line training availability.

The VMware Certified Associate-level exams are aimed at giving users a broader understanding of the 4 technology areas (Virtualization, Cloud, Mobility & Network Virtualization), to allow them to become conversant in the technologies and to prove a level of understanding in each area. There is no course prerequisite, and VMware even offers free self-paced online training in each area. Interested? Check out:

The second important area concerns the prerequisite instructor-led course for VCP certification. VMware now offers an online self-paced vSphere: Install, Configure & Manage (ICM) course available to users for a 90 day period in order to complete the VCP exam required training – enabling booking of the exam. Sound good? Even better – VMware also offers discounts on the ICM online course via the website:

Speaking to Julie Escott (VMware EMEA Education Operations Manager) at the UK VMUG Conference, she told me: “These two announcements are very important to people looking to get started with VMware certification. The Associate level exam demonstrates a broad VMware technology knowledge, and really helps people get started towards VCP and the more advanced certification tracks. We at VMware are trying to get the word out about these exciting new developments so people can take advantage of them”.

So, what are you waiting for? Getting started with VMware Certification has never been easier!

Jeremy loves all things technology! Has been in IT for years, loves Macs (but doesn't preach to others about their virtues), loves virtualization (and does shout about it's virtues), and sometimes skis, bikes and directs amateur plays!

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