Earning an IT certification doesn’t mean your education is complete.
“After going through all the studying, practice and effort to obtain a certification, it makes sense to maintain those skills along with the certification,” said CBT Nuggets trainer Keith Barker. “By putting in a little bit of time on a weekly basis, it is possible to keep skills current, even if those skills aren’t used on a daily basis at work.”
Some vendors require or encourage IT pros to maintain their certifications. This helps ensure that IT pros keep their skills current and that they can use the latest technologies. Earlier this year, VMware launched a recertification policy for those who have VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications.
While recertification isn’t required, VMware recommends that IT pros pass another VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification. If you’re a VCP, or want to become one, here are VMware’s recertification options:
- Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. For example, if you are a VCP3, you could take the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
- Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you’re are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning VCP5-Desktop (VCP5-DT).
- Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. For example, if you’re a VCP5-DCV, you could earn VCAP5-DCA certification.
- Renew your current VCP5 DCV by completing a limited-time, streamlined delta exam. The exam is based only on the delta (new) material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 exams.
Keith, the creator of CBT Nuggets’ “VMware VCA-DCV” and “VMware vSphere 5.5 VCP5-DCV” training courses, emphasized that recertification can increase your marketability because it demonstrates your commitment to learning.
“By keeping current on the latest versions of a technology, you’ll be more valuable to your company and to prospective employers or customers,” Keith said. “Keeping a certification updated helps convey that you have kept current on the latest technologies.”
For more information about VMware’s recertification policy, click here.
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