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. 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.

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1. Earn the VCP6-DCV or VCP6.5-DCV

2. Earn the VCIX6-DCV or VCIX6.5-DCV badge

3. Review and understand the blueprint

4. Select and build a design, based on the guidance in the handbook

5. Submit and pass the application and design review

6. Successfully defend the design against three panelists

1. (Recommended) Attend one of the training courses

2. Pass the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design or VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Design exam

1. Earn the VCP6-DCV or VCP6.5-DCV

2. Earn the VCIX6-DCV or VCIX6.5-DCV badge

3. Review and understand the blueprint

4. Select and build a design, based on the guidance in the handbook

5. Submit and pass the application and design review

6. 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 VCDX6, you will need to take the VCAP6 Design exam in that track. For example, if you are a VCDX5-DCV, regardless of how many other VCDXs you hold, you will need to pass the VCAP6-DCV Design exam to upgrade to VCDX6-DCV.

What are the costs associated with the VCDX program?

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 $3000 USD will be due. Fees are subject to change. 

Any and all costs related to traveling to a design defense are the candidate's responsibility.