VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification. This elite group of VCDX professionals is comprised of design architects highly-skilled in VMware enterprise deployments. 

Earning the new VCDX-NV 2021 certification from VMware will validate your world-class vSphere and NSX 6.x skills and prove you can deliver true business value through designing a VMware NSX®-platform-based data center networking infrastructure that meets customer objectives and constraints.

Certification Preparation Guide PDF

Certification Path if you hold

1. Earn the VCP-NV 2021

2. Earn the VCIX-NV 2021

3. Review and understand the blueprint

4. Select and build a design, based on the blueprint

5. Submit the design application and code of conduct through the application form

6. Pass the application and design review.

7. Successfully defend the design against three panelists

1. (Recommended) Attend one of the training courses

2. Pass ONE of the VCAP-NV Design Exams

1. Earn the VCP-NV 2021

2. Earn the VCIX-NV 2021

3. Review and understand the blueprint

4. Select and build a design, based on the blueprint

5. Submit the design application and code of conduct through the application form

6. Pass the application and design review.

7. Successfully defend the design in a one-hour phone interview with three panelists

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FAQs

If I have more than one VCDX, can I take any VCAP Design exam to upgrade?

The tracks are all individual, so to upgrade to VCDX 2021, you will need to take the VCAP Design 2021 exam in the same track. For example, if you are a VCDX-NV, regardless of how many other VCDXs you hold, you will need to pass the VCAP-NV Design 2021 exam to upgrade to VCDX-NV 2021.

What are the costs associated with the VCDX program?

The VCDX has 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 will be due: either $3000 for in-person defenses or $995 for remote defenses. First-time defenses are typically held in-person; however, we are currently only offering remote defenses due to in-person restrictions. Fees are subject to change. Any and all costs related to traveling to a design defense are the candidate's responsibility.

During my VCDX defense, I wasn't able to get through all of my prepared presentation. Will that affect my result?

No, it will not. The presentation is a tool to refer to when answering questions from the panelists, rather than to use as a full presentation. Although you will be given a few minutes to provide an overview, be prepared to start answering questions at any time. Use your presentation as an indexed tool to quickly jump to slides that will help answer specific questions. Since the panelists have reviewed the design already, they will already know much of what you are presenting, and they want to ensure there is time to answer questions they have. Overall, it is better to answer the questions than to go slide by slide through the presentation.