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VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization 2024 (VCP-DCV 2024) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value

Is the VCP-DCV 2024 worth it?

Yes, the VMware data center virtualization professional certification (VCP-DCV) is definitely worth it – it's a smart investment for virtualization administrators, systems engineers and any other IT professional who wants to move into advanced positions of responsibility for virtual networks. VMware's technology is used all over the world by some of the most complex networks, and the VCP-DCV proves expert familiarity with vSphere solutions, from VMs to networking and storage.

How much does the VMware VCP-DCV cost?

An exam voucher for VCP exams costs $250 and one learning credit for one of the mandatory preparatory VMware courses costs $100, so the minimum cost for earning the VCP-DCV is $350. But earning the VCP-DCV will almost certainly cost more than $350. You need total understanding of the vSphere software suite to pass the exam, so you should include the cost of training and preparation.

Does the VMware VCP-DCV expire?

No, the VCP-DCV certification doesn't expire. In fact, as of April 2019, none of the VMware certifications expire. Prior to 2019, professional-level VMware certifications (VCP) needed to be recertified every two years in order to stay active. This was a hardship for many learners who were trying to maintain proficiency and pursue higher certs, but now once you've earned the VCP-DCV, when – or whether – you renew it is up to you.

What is DCV in VMware?

DCV in VMware stands for one of two things: data center virtualization as a technology, or the family of certifications related to VMware's virtualization operating system vSphere. As a technology, DCV is using software to create simulated or virtual versions of computing resources, such as servers, storage devices, and networks. As a family of certs, DCV refers to a range of expertise using VMware's data center virtualization technologies, from associate, through professional and advanced professional, up to expert.

What's the best way to study for the VCP-DCV certification from VMware?

Learning directly from one of VMware's on demand courses tends to cost about $4,625 – for that reason and others, a course like this one is the better way to study for the VCP-DCV cert. This course is the best way to prepare for the VCP-DCV cert because it features short video explanations of individual topics, hands-on practice opportunities in virtual simulations, and practice exams for the certifying exams.
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