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VMware Certifications

Level 10

Obtaining a VMware certification requires effort, dedication, and a willingness to learn independently with a commitment to the subject matter.

To fulfill the requirements made by VMware, you must attend a training class before taking the exam. The cost for each of these courses provided by VMware is extremely high, but I found an alternative to fulfill this requirement at a very affordable rate. In my case, I decided to use my personal funds to meet the training requirements made by VMware to pursue the certification. Without question, cost was the deciding factor and thanks to Andy Nash, I discovered Stanly Community College. The course is taught completely online and covers the installation, configuration, and management of VMware vSphere. It also meets all the training requirements made by VMware. If you’re interested in pursuing training provided by VMware, please review the vSphere: ICM v6.5 course to help provide additional information about the course and cost compared to Stanly Community College.

I highly recommend reading the certification overview provided by VMware before moving forward with your decision. Each situation is unique, and the information provided will serve as an asset when determining which training option to pursue, including the certification you have in mind. For example, the prerequisites for the VCP-DCV6 exam can be found here. Additionally, the requirements vary for first-time exam takers or if you don’t currently hold a VCP certification. As of February 4, 2019, VMware has removed the mandatory two-year recertification requirements that allows you to upgrade and recertify.

There are multiple training options in addition to the choices I listed above, and, in some cases, they’re free of cost and are available to you anytime, anywhere. The formats include hands-on labs, vBrownBag, blogs, and various podcasts.

Hands-on labs are a fantastic resource because they permit you to test and evaluate VMware products in a virtual environment without needing to install anything locally. VMware products include Data Center Virtualization, Networking and Security, Storage and Availability, and Desktop and Application Virtualization, to name a few. Additionally, this provides you with the opportunity to confirm which product you’re interested in pursuing for the respective certification for without making a financial commitment for the required training course.

vBrownBag is all about the community! Its purpose is to help one another succeed through contributions made by fellow community members. In the end, it’s all about #TEAM.

Blogs include the following contributors: Melissa Palmer, Daniel Paluszek, Gregg Robertson, Lino Telera, Chestin Hay, Cody Bunch, and many others.

Podcasts include the following contributors: Simon Long, Pete Flecha and John Nicholson, VMware Communities Roundtable, and many more.

Let’s examine the pros and cons of pursing a certification.



Used to measure a candidate’s willingness to work hard and meet goals

Cost (out of pocket vs. employer)

IT certifications are required for certain job openings (may assist you with obtaining a desired position as an applicant or current employee)

IT certifications are required for certain job openings (may prevent you from obtaining a desired position as an applicant or current employee)

Certifications are used to confirm subject-matter expertise

Time (balancing certification training with a full-time job or family responsibilities)

Companies save on training costs if they hire a certified candidate

Certifications may not be considered valuable if you don’t have the experience to back them up

Certifications increase your chances of receiving a promotion or raise

Test vs. Business needs/situations may not be aligned

Certifications ensure you’re up to date on the latest best practices

As you can see, multiple resources are available to help you succeed in pursuit of your certification, including the wonderful contributors in the #vCommunity.


Level 12


Level 11

Thanks for the article.

Level 10

My pleasure and thanks for the feedback.

Certs (IMHO) are best used for getting a better job elsewhere unless and until your current employer recognizes the certs' value to the organization, and the employer pays for the training and testing (at least one test).

The best accounting firms pay for their employees to take training to become Certified Public Accountants, and pay for the first CPA test.  If the employee fails it, the employee is on the hook for the cost of getting certified.

That would work well in I.T., too.

Level 10

For the reasons you listed, I agree. I hope you found the post useful!

Level 14

Thanks for the article.  I tend to agree with rschroeder​. 


I've been using VMWare for years but never taken any courses or exams. Thanks for the info, might make a start now

Level 10

My pleasure and thanks for the feedback, good luck!

Level 12

The high cost has been a major factor in my not pursuing VMware certifications. I'll have to look at Stanley Community College.

Level 16

I'm studying to take the CISSP exam this fall. Not required by me present position but good to have.

Level 12

Hey alrasheed​, You touched on it briefly, but I would also recommend certification candidates pay attention to the VMware education page and particularly the Education blog. There have been many changes over the last few years to the certification process, and I personally find their blog to be the best place to keep abreast of any changes.

Level 10

Good luck!

Level 10

It's always best to be prepared and proactive, best of luck!

Level 10

Thanks for the feedback, Scott! It's definitely something to keep in mind.

I will be honest and relate what happened after I received my VCP5 in November 2012.

In 2014 got 60+ hours a week busy.  The beginning of October of 2014 I found out that I would lose my Cert unless I recertify on the Delta test to VCP5.5 by November 30 2014.  I thought NO WAY!!!   Then it was extended to March 2015 but I did not know that until February so I finally gave up on the cert for the second time.  Not to mention that I already thought I lost it.

I just now found out that it was extended all the way out to March 31st 2016 at the link below.

Even through I have been using VMWare ESXi since version 3 in 2005, I would have to take a class to get my VCP back.  I want a certificate and Dell/EMC/VMWare wants a revenue stream.  I would like it....but I do not want to take a 101 VMWare class to get it.  Nope.  Not again.


P.S. I find it odd that 14 years of experience with VMWare does not make up for taking class again VCP.  I guess the team wants their money at VMWare.

Level 12

thanks for the post