While the recommended courses focus on many of the areas tested in the VMware certification exams, they do not cover all of the test materials. Knowledge that can only be gained from hands-on experience is also needed to pass the exams. Refer to the Exam Preparation Guide for details.
NOTE: eCertificates and/or Logos are not available for Expired certifications.
Classes on VMware technology are offered by a number of companies and institutes. However, in order to meet the VMware Certified Professional course requirement, you MUST attend a qualifying VMware Authorized course. To determine if a course will qualify, you may view this list within the specific Certification Description page by selecting the ‘required training courses’ link within the path requirements. You may also achieve some VMware Certifications through the VMware IT Academy Program, but you MUST complete the entire IT Academy process for each specific VMware Certification. For details please see the VMware IT Academy Program website.
Certification exams should be visible on your 'Certification Manager' account within 24-48 hours. Accessing your Certification Manager account:
NOTE: Lab-based exams, such as VCAP6-DCV Deploy are scored separately and will require additional time for certification status updates.
If you experience a technical issue with the live lab availability or functionality during the exam, please report it to the exam proctor immediately. Ask for a Pearson VUE VSS Support ticket to be created. If no VSS support ticket is created VMware Inc. will not be able to review or confirm any issues experienced. Issues reported after the exam can't be validated.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking for your accounts to be merged. List any possible email addresses you may have and indicate which account you would like to keep as your Master account. If you currently work for a Partner company, we highly recommend that you keep your Partner account as your Master so you will not lose your Partner privileges.
Join our Subject Matter Expert community and you may be invited to participate in select exam development opportunities. Not all applicants are invited to all exam development events. To indicate your interest, please complete the Subject Matter Expert application form.
Send an email to email@example.com. Be sure to include the correct spelling of your name, copy of government issued ID, and your VMware certification Candidate ID.
There is a separate Portal for each level of certification (VCA, VCP, VCAP, VCIX, and VCDX) The certification Portal contains the logos and usage guidelines, and allows access to the Store for branded merchandise.
Access to the portal is granted once you have been notified of your certification status by email and you have agreed to the VMware Certification Agreement online. Please expect 10 business days from your exam date for this notification. You can only access the portal for which you hold a certification.
Please see this page for the complete policy.
Please see this page for the guidelines.
For candidates who have earned a VMware certification (VCA, VCP, VCAP) or VCIX6 special designation, we now offer the ability to purchase branded apparel and a VMware Press discount. You may access the benefits link within your CertManager > Benefits section. To do so, follow the steps below:
Failure to recertify by the required date will result in revocation of your certification. There is no grace period after your certification has expired. If your certification is expired, you will lose access to the Certification benefits within Certification Manager, as well as the right to market yourself as certified for that certification (which includes the use of the VCP certification logo). Your Certifications profile will be listed in the ‘Expired Certifications’ section.
Yes. You will be sent 3 courtesy reminders to the email address associated with your myLearn account. Please note, it is your responsibility to ensure that the email address associated with your myLearn account and your certification records are up to date to ensure that you receive these important reminders. If you do not receive the reminders; 6, 3 months and 30 days before your expiration date, you most likely have duplicate myLearn accounts, an invalid/old email address in your myLearn account or the reminders may be in your Spam folder.
You can recertify anytime within your two-year certification period without a course requirement as long as your certification is still valid. If your certification is expired, you will be required to complete all certification exam and training requirements again to earn a new certification.
The most recent certification date will be used to determine your recertification deadline. For example, if you earned VCP5-DCV on January 1, 2012 and VCP5-DT on February 10, 2014, then your recertification deadline will be based on the VCP5-DT date. In this case, the recertification deadline is February 10, 2016.
The date which you complete the final requirement to earn either a VCP or VCAP certification is considered the official date used to determine your 2-year recertification deadline. For candidates with multiple certifications, the most recent certification date, (VCP or VCAP), will be used to determine your 2-year recertification deadline.
Note: Expired certifications do not qualify.
Yes. Visit this page for details.
While you can take the class and the exam in any order, VMware recommends that you complete the course requirement prior to scheduling and taking the exam.
NOTE: By successfully taking and passing an exam, it does not imply that you have met the certification requirements in full.
Follow the steps below:
Note: If you have purchased an exam voucher, on the payment screen select “Add Voucher or Promo Code, enter your voucher number, then click Apply.
To cancel or reschedule an exam:
You must cancel or reschedule your exam at least one business day prior to your exam appointment. Cancelling or rescheduling an exam LESS than 24 hours before your appointment will forfeit your exam fees. Exam fees are not refundable for no-shows, and vouchers cannot be replaced.
If you find that you are missing certifications and/or courses on your transcript, it is possible that you registered for these items under a different account. Our support team can research this for you and assist you in merging the accounts. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a list of email addresses that you may have used during account creation at Pearson VUE or VMware. And please indicate which email address you would prefer to keep associated with your VMware Training account. Note: If you are a part of the VMware Partner Network, your corporate email should be used, so you can continue to access all your Partner benefits.
Email format for Account Merge Requests to: email@example.com
Subject: Request to merge VMware Training (myLearn) accounts
Do you still have access to this email?
Candidate ID (if applicable):
Do you still have access to this email?
Candidate ID (if applicable):
Which email do you wish to keep associated with your VMware Training (myLearn) account?
Are you currently a registered VMware partner in the VMware Partner Network? If so, what is the name of the partner organization?
As of March 5th, 2016, VMware no longer requires you to have prior exam authorization. You are now able to schedule any exam by completing the steps below:
The first time that you attempt to sign in to your Pearson VUE account from myLearn, you will be shown a Profile Verification page. It is necessary to complete the fields on this page before you will be allowed to continue to your Pearson VUE account. Your name MUST match your government issued ID or you will NOT be permitted to take the exam at the testing center and will forfeit your exam fees.
VMware has simplified the exam registration process. Candidates can now log in from their myLearn account directly into their Pearson VUE account to schedule an exam, known as Single Sign-On (SSO). In order to schedule an exam, you must first be logged into your myLearn account.
There are two separate fees: An Application Fee of $995 USD is collected when you have submitted a complete application package. If the application is accepted for a defense before the VCDX Panel, a Defense Fee of $3,000 USD for your first application or $900 if you are defending a 2nd VCDX application. Defense fees are due before you attend the Defense event. Fees are subject to change.
A complete listing of VMware Certified Design Experts and their biographies can be found on the VCDX Directory: vcdx.vmware.com.
The primary intent of the defense is to allow the candidate to display his or her mastery of the submitted design in general. However, panelists may probe the candidate on specific technology questions that may or may not also be in the scope of those other certifications. The requirements for VCDX certification include deep technology mastery, and such questions allow the panelists to probe that area of a candidate's skills.
We will not accept your application until you have met all the prerequisites for the certification. However, candidates are encouraged to download the Handbook & Application and start working on preparing the application package as soon as possible.
The feedback provided is the culmination of each panelist's evaluation and analysis of the candidate's documented design and/or performance at the defense. This feedback highlights the blueprint areas that are insufficient or can be improved. The highest level of expertise and knowledge is expected from the candidate's testing at this highest level, and so each personalized feedback is a balance between providing guidance for improvement and not listing each and every missing or incomplete item, which the candidates can find as they relook at and improve their design and documentation. Feedback is also based on both the defense and documentation, and so not always specific to the wrtten design only.
The VMware Certification team is implementing a new certification name change, where the year will be used to identify when the certification was earned. This change is intended to make it easier for certification holders and potential employers to immediately identify how current a holder’s certification is. This also allows the certification holder to validate the currency of their certified knowledge. The new naming will eventually apply to all VMware certifications and select badges. For example:
The new naming gives certification holders predictability, relevancy and clarity.
The naming change has been implemented to make it easier for certification holders, and the people who hire them, to easily and immediately recognize how current a certification is. It also standardizes:
The VMware Certified Professional – Digital Workspace 2018 (VCP-DW 2018) was released in April 2018. Starting in August 2018, all new certifications and select badges will follow the new naming structure. We will begin announcing the name change in August, prior to VMworld 2018 US.
Beginning in August 2018, the name change will roll out with all future VMware certifications releases. This will not affect the naming of any existing certifications and is not retroactive. Under the new naming, the annual certification release schedule will be as follows:
VCDX certification updates will follow VCAP releases
In April 2018, the VCP-DW 2018 was released.
Starting in August 2018, there will be three new certifications released with the new naming:
All current and past certifications are not affected, and there are no retroactive changes to certifications an individual currently holds. Additionally, CertManager will continue to reflect all VMware certifications held by an individual.
The current standard is to retire VMware certifications that are no longer being adopted or used in the marketplace. After a retirement is announced, candidates have at least three months between the announcement and retirement date to complete that certification.
VMware training courses will continue to be released as they are today, aligned to VMware product releases. Certification exams will continue to be aligned to VMware training courses. The Exam Prep Guide will list the course(s) available that are designed to help a candidate prepare for the exam, and the exam objectives will always point to the most current VMware training and content.
Are the new certifications with the new yearly certification name change required for any partner competencies?
There are no immediate changes to 2018 competency requirements. The newer certifications, which will then have the new yearly name and are updated with the most current content, will be added to the existing Master Services Competencies. Any changes to competency requirements or the release of new competencies that include new certification options will be communicated as it has in the past, through the regular partner communications and Partner Central.