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A Complete VMware Certification Guide

When it comes to virtualization technologies, VMware is the undisputed industry leader. As a result, there’s a strong demand for IT professionals who can help organizations leverage VMware products and services. VMware’s certification program is designed to build and validate the knowledge and skills needed to use their technologies.

This Certification Guide covers everything you need to know to earn VMware certifications. It includes information about VMware certifications, the cost associated with exams, career options, and how to study for VMware certification exams.

What are the VMware Certifications?

VMware certification aims to prepare IT professionals to work with VMware products in a variety of environments. VMware offers different levels of certifications to help IT pros continue to develop and hone their virtualization skills.

VMware offers four levels of certification for virtualization professionals: VMware Certified Associate (VCA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP), and VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). Each level includes specific certifications dedicated to areas of technology, including networking, hyper-convergence, virtual desktop infrastructure, automation, and cloud computing.

 

VMware VCA Certification

VMware’s entry-level certification is VMware Certified Associate (VCA). This certification is aimed at learners who are new to virtualization. However, it can also be beneficial for company executives who are tasked with making decisions regarding VMware solutions and technology.

This certification level is mainly geared toward systems administrator, architect, and executive roles.

There is currently one VCA certification that can be earned:

  • VMware Certified Associate – Digital Business Transformation (VCA-DBT)

Earning your VCA-DBT certification validates your understanding of virtualization concepts and how they drive an enterprise’s digital agenda. It proves that you are familiar with the VMware products and technologies that support VMware Cloud Foundation and Cross-Cloud Architecture solutions including vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and the vRealize Suite.

To earn this certification, VMware recommends watching their VCA-DBT training course before sitting for the VMware Certified Associate – Digital Business Transformation exam. The course is not required, but directly maps to the exam.

It should be noted that earning VCA-DBT certification is not required to earn VCP certification.

 

VMware VCP Certification

The VMware Certified Professional (VCP) level of certification is designed for IT professionals who install, configure, manage, and optimize VMware solutions. This certification level is mainly geared toward systems administrator and engineer roles.

There are currently 14 VCP certifications that can be earned:

    • VMware Certified Professional – Digital Workspace 2018 (VCP-DW 2018)*
      Earning your VCP-DW 2018 certification validates that you can configure, deploy, manage, maintain, optimize, and perform basic troubleshooting of VMware Workspace ONE and related solutions. It also ensures that you can properly identify and differentiate any needed supporting products and components.
    • VMware Certified Professional – Digital Workspace 2019 (VCP-DW 2019)*
      Earning your VCP-DW 2019 certification validates that you can configure, deploy, manage, maintain, optimize, and perform basic troubleshooting of VMware Workspace ONE and related solutions, as well as properly identify and differentiate any needed supporting products and components.
    • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV)*
      Earning your VCP6-DCV certification validates that you know how to administer and troubleshoot vSphere V6 infrastructures, leveraging best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for organizations. VCP6-DCV is VMware’s most popular certification with more than 100,000 professionals certified.
    • VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)*
      Earning your VCP6.5-DCV certification validates that you know how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere V6.5 infrastructure. It also tests your ability to use best practices to provide a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that helps organizations transition to the cloud.
    • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019 (VCP-DCV 2019)*
      Earning your VCP-DCV 2019 certification validates your skills to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere V6.7 infrastructure, using best practices to provide a powerful, flexible, and secure foundation for business agility that can accelerate the transformation to cloud computing.
    • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization (VCP6-NV)*
      Earning your VCP6-NV certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer NSX virtual networking implementations.
    • VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization 2019 (VCP-NV 2019)*
      Earning your VCP-NV 2019 certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer NSX virtual networking implementations.
    • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCP6-CMA)*
      Earning your VCP6-CMA certification validates your ability to automate key processes within Data Center leveraging vRealize Automation in a repeatable, scalable way.
    • VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation (VCP7-CMA)*
      Earning your VCP7-CMA certification validates your ability to install, configure, and administer a VMware vRealize environment. vRealize is used to automate key processes within data centers in a repeatable, scalable way that leads to efficiency and improved productivity. These skills enable you to simplify and standardize the more complex day-to-day activities.
    • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud Management and Automation 2019 (VCP-CMA 2019)*
      Earning your CMA certification validates your ability to install, configure and administer a VMware vRealize environment. vRealize is used to automate key processes within data centers in a repeatable, scalable way that leads to efficiency and improved productivity. These skills enable you to simplify and standardize the more complex day-to-day activities.
    • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP6-DTM)*
      Earning your VCP6-DTM certification proves your skills in performing in-depth configuration and management of VMware Horizon 6 (with View) environments. This industry-leading certification proves that you can securely deliver personalized virtual desktops that meet corporate policy standards.
    • VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility (VCP7-DTM)*
      Earning your VCP7-DTM proves that you have competency with in-depth configuration and management of VMware Horizon 7 (with View) environments. An industry-leading certification, VCP7-DTM validates that you can securely deliver personalized virtual desktops, applications and online services to your end users.
    • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2018 (VCP-DTM 2018)*
      Earning your VCP-DTM 2018 certification validates your skills in performing in-depth configuration and management of VMware Horizon 7.5 environments. This industry-leading certification validates that VCP-DTM 2018 cert-holders can securely deliver personalized virtual desktops, applications and online services to end users.
    • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2019 (VCP-DTM 2019)
      VMware Desktop and Mobility certifications are designed to test your level of skill designing, installing, and managing a VMware Horizon with View environment deployed on a VMware vSphere implementation. The VCP-DTM 2019 certification validates your skills in performing in-depth configuration and management of VMware Horizon 7.5 environments.

VMware VCAP Certification

VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is VMWare’s advanced-level certification path. VCAP certification is aimed at professionals who design and build VMware Solutions (VCAP Design) and manage and optimize VMware solutions (VCAP Deployment).

VCAP certifications are geared toward professionals in administrator, architect, and engineer roles.

There are currently nine types of VCAP certification that can be earned:

    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Data Center Virtualization Deployment*
      VCAP6-DCV Deploy certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize vSphere V6 infrastructures. It proves that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to leverage best practices that provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for organizations.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 — Data Center Virtualization Design*
      Earning this certification validates that you have advanced knowledge of end-user computing environments and components — and are able to recommend and design VMware solutions. This industry-recognized certification improves your credibility among your peers by proving a deep understanding of data center virtualization design principles and methodologies.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional — Data Center Virtualization Deploy 2018*
      The VCAP-DCV 2018 Deploy certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize VMware vSphere 6.5 infrastructures. It proves that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to use best practices that provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for organizations.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Network Virtualization Deployment*
      VCAP6-NV Deploy certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize VMware NSX environments. It proves that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to use best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualized network for organizations.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Cloud Management and Automation Deployment*
      The VCAP6-CMA Deploy certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize data center environments using the tools provided by vRealize Automation. It also proves that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to use best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for organizations.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation Design (VCAP7-CMA Design)*
      VCAP7-CMA Design certification validates your ability to design and integrate vRealize Automation 7.2 solutions within large enterprise environments. This industry-recognized certification increases your credibility and proves that you have a deep understanding of cloud management design principles and methodologies.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional — Cloud Management and Automation Deploy 2018*
      The VCAP-CMA Deploy 2018 certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize data center environments using the tools provided by vRealize Automation. It also proves that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to use best practices to provide a scalable and reliable virtualization platform for organizations.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 — Desktop and Mobility Deployment
      The VCAP6-DTM Deploy certification validates that you know how to deploy and optimize VMware Horizon 6 (with View) environments. It also proves you have the knowledge and skills necessary to use best practices in providing a scalable and reliable Business Mobility platforms for organizations.
    • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility Design (VCAP7-DTM Design)*
      Earning this certification validates your ability to design and integrate large scale VMware Horizon 7.2 environments. This industry-recognized certification improves your credibility and proves that you have a deep understanding of desktop and mobility design principles and methodologies.

VMware VCDX Certification

VMware’s expert-level certification is the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX). VCDX recognizes IT professionals who design, build, and manage VMware solutions and systems. This certification level is mainly geared toward those in architect-level roles.

Unlike the other levels of certification, learners can only earn their VCDX through submitting and successfully defending a production-ready VMware Solution before a panel of veteran VCDX holders.

There are currently five types of VCDX certifications that can be earned:

    • VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Data Center Virtualization (VCDX6-DCV)*
      Prove you can deliver true business value by validating your expertise in vSphere6.x and enabling the best performance, availability, and efficiency from your infrastructure and applications.
    • VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Network Virtualization (VCDX6-NV)*
      Earning the VCDX6-NV certification from VMware will validate your expert-level vSphere and NSX 6.x skills. It also proves you can deliver strong business value by designing a VMware NSX®-platform-based data center that meets customer objectives and constraints.
    • VMware Certified Design Expert 7 — Cloud Management and Automation (VCDX7-CMA)*
      Earning the VCDX7-CMA certification from VMware will validate your skills in designing, planning, and integrating VMware vSphere and vCloud Management and Automation solutions.
    • VMware Certified Design Expert – Desktop and Mobility (VCDX-DTM)*
      Earning VCDX-DTM requires enterprise-class vSphere and data center virtualization skills. However, its true focus is on delivering virtual desktops and mobile computing solutions with the VMware Horizon Suite™.
    • VMware Certified Design Expert – Desktop And Mobility 2019 (VCDX-DTM 2019)
      Earning your VCDX-DTM 2019 requires enterprise-class VMware Horizon 7® and/or VMware Workspace ONE design and implementation expertise. This is in addition to having strong vSphere and data center virtualization skills. Earning the VCDX-DTM 2019 program proves your ability to design, implement, document, and test scalable, complex, Desktop Virtualization and Mobile Computing® environments that meet specific customer business objectives.

At the time of this post’s publication, there are 273 VCDX holders worldwide.

 

VMware Digital Badges

When you earn a VMware certification, complete an IT Academy challenge, or contribute to the certification program, you can easily and quickly share VMware badges. These digital badges reward contribution and communicate you have validated VMware knowledge and skills.

VMware badges are represented by a digital image that once clicked on by a colleague or employer, will display verified information including:

  • Issue date
  • What it took to earn the badge
  • The steps you undertook to earn your skills.

When you earn a VMware badge, you will receive an email notification alerting you to claim your badge. Once you accept your badge, you are immediately integrated into a sharing workflow that allows you to share that badge to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, embed in a personal website, or share over email.

While digital badges are not equivalent to certifications, they do offer learners a unique opportunity to demonstrate specific skill proficiencies. VMware digital badges are a single source that combines your verified credentials with a complete overview of your skills. They also provide employers with an easy way to validate your VMware credentials.

VMware currently offers the following badges:

  • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Network Virtualization
  • VMware vSphere 6.5 Foundations
  • Double VCP – Data Center Virtualization & Network Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization
  • Introduction to Virtualization
  • Double VCP – Data Center Virtualization & Desktop Mobility
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility
  • Double VCP – Data Center Virtualization & Cloud Management
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 – Network Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Deployment
  • Double VCP – Network Virtualization & Cloud Management
  • VMware Certified Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation
  • VMware Certified Associate – Digital Business Transformation
  • VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2019
  • Double VCP – Network Virtualization & Desktop Mobility
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Network Virtualization Deployment
  • VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist
  • VMware Certified Instructor
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Associate 6 – Network Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Design
  • Double VCP – Cloud Management & Desktop Mobility
  • Dell EMC VMware Co-Skilled – VxRail 2017
  • VMware Certified Professional – Digital Workspace 2018
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Associate 6 – Cloud Management and Automation
  • VMware Certified Associate 6 – Desktop and Mobility
  • VMware vRealize Operations 2017 Specialist
  • Advanced Architecture Course
  • VMware Cloud on AWS – Software Defined Data Center 2019
  • VMware Certified Associate 6 – Hybrid Cloud
  • VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization 2019
  • vCloud Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Desktop and Mobility Deployment
  • VMware Certified Design Expert 5 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 7 – Desktop and Mobility Design
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Data Center Virtualization (v6.x)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 7 – Cloud Management and Automation Design
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Data Center Virtualization Deployment 2018
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Cloud Management and Automation Deployment
  • VMware Specialist – Cloud Provider 2019
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Cloud Management and Automation (v7.x)
  • VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Data Center Virtualization
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Data Center Virtualization (v6.5)
  • VMware Certified Instructor – AirWatch
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 – Desktop and Mobility
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Desktop and Mobility (v7.x)
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 – Cloud Management and Automation
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 7 – Desktop & Mobility
  • VMware Certified Professional – Cloud Management and Automation 2019
  • VMware Certified Design Expert – Network Virtualization
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Cloud Management and Automation (v6.x)
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 7 – Cloud Management & Automation
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2018
  • VMware Certification Subject Matter Expert – Data Center Virtualization 2018 Contributor
  • VMware Certified Associate – Digital Business Transformation Contributor
  • VMware Certified Design Expert – Cloud
  • VMware Validated Designs for Software-Defined Data Center 2017
  • VMware Certified Professional – Digital Workspace 2019
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Digital Workspace 2018
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Desktop and Mobility (v6.x)
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Data Center Virtualization 2019
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Network Virtualization (v6.x)
  • VMware Certification Subject Matter Expert – Cloud Management and Automation 2018 Contributor
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Management and Automation Deployment 2018
  • VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Network Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional – Desktop and Mobility 2019
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – Desktop and Mobility 2018
  • VMware Certified Design Expert – Desktop
  • VMware Certified Design Expert 7 – Cloud Management and Automation
  • VMware Certified Design Expert 6 – Desktop and Mobility
  • VMware Certified Design Expert – Desktop and Mobility 2019
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – VMware Cloud Provider
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – VMware Cloud on AWS
  • VMware Education Champion – Level One
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – VMware vRealize Operations 2017 Contributor
  • Certification Subject Matter Expert – VMware vSAN 2017 Contributor
  • VMware Certified Implementation Expert 6 – Network Virtualization – Internetworking Expert
  • VMware Education Champion – Level Four
  • VMware Education Champion – Level Three
  • VMware Education Champion – Level Two

How Much Does It Cost to Get VMware Certified?

The cost for VMware certification is dependent on the level of certification you’re wanting to obtain. The cost to sit for VMware VCA, VCP, and VCAP certifications are $125, $250, and $450 (USD), respectively. VCDX certification cost is dependent on the track — and they cost $3,995 (USD). Pricing for all exams also varies based on location and currency.

Keep in mind that exam costs typically aren’t the only expense associated with getting certified. certified. Between training materials, lab equipment, and travel and lodging (for VCDX), earning VMware certification can be quite the investment.

VMware Recertification and Renewal

Recertification is widely recognized in the IT industry as important to professional growth. If your skills are not current, your certification loses value. Staying current with your certifications enhances your credibility and demonstrates a commitment to learning, your career, and your organization.

VMware VCP certifications expire two years from the date they were earned. VMware’s recertification policy gives you three ways to recertify:

  • Advance to the next level by earning a new VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification on the same track as your VCP.
  • Earn the next version of VCP in the same track (if available).
  • Earn a new VCP certification on a different track. (You may not take the same VCP exam used for earning your previous certification.)

Regardless of the option you choose, recertifying keeps your VMware knowledge up-to-date.

VMware Certification Salary and Career Information

Demand for IT professionals with virtualization skills is constantly rising and continues to grow as increasing numbers of organizations take advantage of the increased efficiency, availability, and cost savings afforded by virtualizing IT resources. VMware is one of the leading providers of virtualization products and solutions. Getting certified in VMware technologies can boost your value in almost any IT career.

Payscale.com provides a helpful salary guide to help learners determine appropriate pay scales for job opportunities associated with advanced levels of VMware certification.

Depending on professional experience, an employee who holds a VCP certification can earn anywhere from $67,359 to $102,709 (USD) annually. Roles for VCPs include Systems Administrator, IT Manager, and Systems Engineer.

Employees with VCAP certification can earn between $84,998 and $152,308 (USD) annually. VCAP holders are typically seen in roles such as IT Architect, IT Director, and Senior Technical Consultant.

VCDX holders, on the other hand, can earn up to $170,000 (USD) per year. They are typically seen in Chief Architect, Virtualization Architect, and Solutions Architect roles.

Investment in VMware certification and training provides you the foundations needed to leverage virtualization technologies. As you work your way through VMware certifications, you can specialize in technologies like storage, networking, and virtualization — each of which can help you specialize in IT career.

VMware Certification Training

CBT Nuggets offers a variety of training resources for learners who are interested in pursuing VMware certification. Below, you’ll find a list of all VMware courses that CBT Nuggets offers:

The CBT Nuggets Way helps you learn more efficiently, retain information longer, and gain practical, hands-on experience. In addition to watching our videos, you can reinforce core IT practices and concepts with built-in quiz questions, simulated practice exams, and customized VMware virtual labs.

Note: Our course library is constantly updated, and as of this post’s publication date, we are working toward providing more specific training for VMware technologies and certifications.

 

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