VMware Certified Professional Recertification

VCP5VMware has announced a Recertification Policy for it’s VMware Certified Professional program, effective as of March 10, 2014.

In short, it means that you are no longer a VCP(x) for life, but need to recertify every 2 years, unless you take a VCAP exam during the same period. If you do not upgrade your certification, your VCP status is revoked. For all the details, have a look at Recertification Policy: VMware Certified Professional.

It also means that anyone currently holding a VCP certification, needs to recertify before March 10th 2015, regardless of when the initial VCP was obtained.  Those obtaining a VCP after March 10th, will have to recertify within two years of obtaining the initial VCP.

I think this is a good move, and is on par with other technical certifications like ones offered by HP, Cisco and CompTia (A+). After all, we live in an ever evolving technical market where continuous change happens and if you are not able to keep current, the certification holds no real merit.

This change from VMware also means that as long as you recertify your VCP exam within the two year period, there will not be a course requirement to upgrade; schedule your exam and you are ready to go. Previously you would get a grace period, after a new major release of vSphere, where you could re-certify without having to attend a new class. With this change, you have two years, and that is it.

In a way, this also means that VMware will have to commit to major releases, with upgraded VCP versions, more frequently than every 2 years.

Looking at the last two vSphere releases, this seems to indicate a change in release cycles for major versions:

  • vSphere 4 was released  May 21st 2009.
  • vSphere 5 was released July 12th 2011
  • vSphere 5.5 was released September 22nd 2013.

Remember, vSphere 5.5 is covered by the VCP5 (ok, there is a VCP510 and VCP550 version) certification, so if this policy was in place in 2011 when vSphere 5 was released, there would not be any upgraded VCP certification to take within the two year validity period.

Update:What if VMware had called an old VCP certification “retired” instead of “expired”, would that cause less outrage and emotion?

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  1. If you have a vcp and it expires do you think vmware will require the 40 hours of class time to recertify?

  2. Even if you take VCAP exam ,and so you recertify for VCP (by passing VCAP), your VCP has only 2 years of validity. Even if passing VCAP, you’re not VCP for life. That’s how I understand it.

    I can understand someone being certified VCP 3 or 4 as someone “already VCP certified”. Someone technically sharp on VMware technology, even if not curent. Still for me it’s a guy who has done VCP exam, compared to someone that never passed VCP.

    So even if not curent. I would prefer to keep let’s say VCP3 or VCP4 certifications (labels) with the possibility to show them. It’s pretty Odd that you loose even the VCP3 or 4 certification at all. As you have never done any of those…

    It’s like you build a house (with curent best used materials) and 2 years later they tell you that must build another one, because the material has evolved …

    1. That’s not the case Vladan. If you take a look at the announcement, you’ll find this little passage of text:

      To recertify, VMware Certified Professional (VCP) holders must pass any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning their most recent VCP certification.

      So, a VCAP exam after the VCP (naturally) extends the VCP certification as well.

      One other thing, the fact that the VCP can expire, means that if you want to keep being certified you need to re-certify. This is not something new, and is something that has been the norm for many technical certifications for ages. Your transcript will still be available, even if you let it expire, but it will show an expired status. I don’t see how that compares to your analogy of having to tear down houses, due to changing building codes.

      Building codes change as well, and new buildings needs to adhere to new codes, old ones don’t get teared down. When it comes to building houses, anyone who does that for a living needs to stay current with the codes of the time when the house is built, you can’t just say “I knew how to do it 2 years ago, so I’ll continue doing it in the same manner now”. The world doesn’t work that way, and neither should certification.

      1. I agree with Vladan. Many companies uses Windows 2003, but Microsoft doesn’t request to re-certify to Windows 2012 telling me that I have to keep me updated. It’s stupid to say that technology is evolving and I have to keep my knowledges up to date and a VCP5 certificate doesn’t confirm I know vSphere 6. It’s my decision. And a VCP5 does not confirm I know vSphere 4 and my company uses 4 when I have certificate for 5, which by VMware idea I’m useless for the company or the company I’m working for MUST upgrade to verion 5x because technology is evolving.
        It’s an another way to steal money and nothing else.

        1. Really? Saying technology is evolving is stupid? That is an interesting statement to say the least.

          Either way, VMware is fully within their rights to make changes to their certification programs, and as you said, it’s your choice if you want to let it expire. Do you really think that VMware is going to earn bucket loads of money on having VCPs re-certify without a classroom requirement? How much of the exam fee to you think ends up in VMware’s pockets and how much ends up with the testing center? And remember, the exams don’t make themselves, and there is definitely a cost related to developing the exams too.

          I’m sorry, but I think we have different opinions on what stupid actually is.

          1. I didn’t say that technology evolving is stupid. I want to say that is company decision which certified specialist they want to hire, right?
            Even right now you can see many companies being ok if you hold a Microsoft 2003 Certificate… just because they work with Windows 2003 Server.
            Let say I have a Microsoft 2012 certificate and I have no idea how to work with 2003, just because Microsoft forces me to have the latest certificate. Moreover, the company cannot hire a specialist with 2012, because 2003 and 2012 is a huge difference and on the same time they can’t hire a 2003 certified specialist, just because his certificate is expired. Can you trust an expired 2003 certified specialist??? Why? His certificate is expired…. he is useless…. His expired 2003 certificate doesn’t show he still has knowledges…. and moreover is expired by the vendor. The vendor say his 2003 certificate knowledges are useless just because we a facing 2014 year and he must hold a 2012 certificate….

          2. So what is the real problem here? If you let your VCP expire, you can still list it as expired. In fact your official transcript still lists your achievement as a VCP holder, it just notes that you have not maintained it. It doesn’t invalidate your exam, or the time spent on it, it just clearly states that you have not kept it current.

  3. Thanks for sharing this information. I think this is a positive. I guess it would be better if they gave you 3 years like Cisco :)

    They should drop the number from the certification now since you need to recertify, it doesn’t matter what version you passed. Instead of being VCP5-DCV, it should just be VCP-DCV.

  4. Pretty poor though that depending on when you passed your VCP5.0 you may have to take a VCP5.5 exam to stay certified if VCP 6 exam isnt available before the end of this year. Seems a way for VMware to screw early exam passers for more $$$ to me

      1. I think you’ve missed my point. Lets say VMware release vSphere 6.0 in August 2014 and I certify soon after. If they release vSphere 6.1 in August 2015 and Vsphere 6.5 in 2016 I would have to certify on both 6.0 and 6.5 to remain certified or have I missed the point?

        1. To stay a VCP you just have to re-certify, on a newer version, within two years of the last one. You won’t have to do both releases, if they are within the same certification validity period. Once you re-certify, you get another two years of certification status until you either upgrade, or let it expire.

  5. This is true and I understood it right “VCAP exam after the VCP (naturally) extends the VCP certification as well.”

    But still, two years later you loose everything….As you have never passed any certifications….

    My thoughts on this is that I would prefer to be for example listed as VCP4. Because everyone knows that VCP 5 is the curent cert now.

    Also, the announce is for VCP, but then in the FAQ it seems that also VCDXes are concerned… “VCDX4-DCV candidates have until May 31, 2014 to register and must defend by July 31, 2014.” and VCAPs…

    Maybe I just picked a wrong example. Depends the level, I think. If I take very simple example. A plumber, earns his certificate for being plumber (for life). Two years later he is still certified plumber even if the materials or technologies has evolved. By using those materials and technologies every day, he knows his job. And no one takes away his diploma. Probbably because the rules aren’t the same.

    I know it’s not the same. It’s just don’t really pushes people to get certified if they see that there is time expiry…-:)

    1. I agree. If I have a technician who fixes just old (second hand car) I don’t ask him to have the latest certificate to fix 2014 cars when my car is 2000. Even he has a certificate to fix a car from 2000 he can do it right now, because many people drive so old cars and people trust him, because he has certificate to fix a 2000 year car. That depends of the company if the need a VCP5 or VCP3 certificate, but not VMware is that who takes the decision which certificate I have to keep with me.

      1. You can still list it on your CV as expired, and your potential employer can still verify that you did take a VCP at some point. If that fits their infrastructure, why should that exclude you from being hired? In fact you could even argue that by enforcing an expiry time for VCP exams, VMware can help you to get your employers to understand that there is value in keeping a certificate updated, and that certification isn’t just a one time thing.

        1. I understand you point very well and try to understand mine too. We see this news from different point of view. If the company is ok with a VCP4 specialist… why the vendor of the product shows my certificate is expired… It’s a…. humiliation to be honest… if you understand what I mean.

          1. I understand your reasoning, I just don’t agree with you. There can be a lot of reasons why someone let a certification expire. It’s not like your certification will be erased from history, it’s just listed as expired and if you want to update it you will have to attend the compulsory training class again and take the test.

            This is not new. HP, Cisco and others to the same thing. I could potentially agree that a 2 year period is on the short side, but not that certifications should never expire.

        2. But you know, just as good as everyone else, that an expired certification is just as good as having no certification when you look at it in a commercial way.
          Both statusses don’t say anything about the knowledge/experience of the involved engineer.

          1. Thats ‘s true, in a sense. Showing an expired certificate shows that you have actually taken the exam at one point, not showing it – well, that doesn’t really show anything.

    2. VCDX4-DCV candidates have until May 31, 2014 to register and must defend by July 31, 2014.

      As far as I can tell, that statement only refers to new VCDX4 candidates. If you don’t register and defend by July 31 2014, well, then the VCDX4 is no longer available. I can not imagine VMware is going to invalidate VCDX certificates, no way. You upgrade your VCDX by updating your VCAP-DCD exam, not by re-defending.

      There is another thing to consider here as well, Vladan; You are comparing someone who went to a specialised school being thought a specific profession, with someone who spent a week on a training course and probably some self study / real work experience, and then took a test on a specific product version. I do not think that is fair, at least not for people who actually has a plumbing degree.

  6. @Christian What’s the difference between VCP4 and VCP5?
    Both of them are valid and both shows knowledges in different version of the product. Let say I have an expired VCP4 certificate. The company I’m working right now keeps vSphere 4 and they don’t need a newer version. The want to hire me, they check my certificate on VMware Porta to see if it’s true and…. DUDE…. VMware Portal shows your certificate is expired…. get out of here…

    1. You have a full year to get your VCP5 in place from today, and vSphere 4 was released in 2009, so a current VCP4 would be expired in a year, close to 5 years after release. Of course, the timeframe will be smaller for vSphere 5.

      Now, if anyone wants to keep running vSphere 4 in 2014, their biggest problem won’t be someone who had a VCP4 exam that expired, it would be finding hardware that works.

      1. Oh…. this is something else. Compatibility of the software and hardware, but not validation of certificate.
        VMware can force people to move to newer version without humiliating certified specialists, just because a company still works with an old version of product.
        Anyway… I don’t think we can change anything here. If VMware release version 6 and VCP6, I’m ok… but don’t tell me my certificate is not valid anymore… :)

        1. I guess people are built differently. I would not feel humiliated by en certification expiry, in fact my old HP ASE expired years ago and I’m perfectly comfortable with that.

          And again, it’s not like your accomplishment is invalidated, it will just be listed as expired for a product that is no longer available.

  7. I agree with Vladan’s latest comments. Not a big fan of this VMware change. (though I AM a fan of the vninja blog and vSoup podcast ;-) Keep up the great work!)

  8. Mixed feelings about it, but since I keep my certs current, it’s not really a big deal. They always had deadlines in the past to get the latest cert (otherwise back to the classroom) so…

    1. Exactly. I forgot to make that point in the main post, or any of the comments for that matter, but there has always been a requirement to update before a given date to avoid having to take a new class. The only real difference now, is that the VCP itself will be listed as expired and you will no longer be allowed to use the VCP logo or call yourself a VCP. Even the transcript will be available, but the certification will be listed as expired. I don’t think this is such a big deal, to be honest.

  9. For me this is a tough one. I share similar thoughts to Vladan in that I also don’t like the idea of my certifications expiring. In saying that, I can appreciate why VMware might do this. It does help to maintain the certification to a high standard.

    Take the Microsoft MCP example, from memory these don’t expire (I have many 2003 and 2008 certifications) and are valid for that version. Nowadays there are millions of MCP certified people out there and to an extent this diminishes the strength of the certification.

    By forcing renewal it will make it harder for some, particularly with greater financial and time constraints. Maybe extending the time out to three years would help some in this regard.

    I myself will be affected by these changes as I will need to renew my VCP. I’m not sure how this affects my VCAP certs yet, these will be much harder to renew and more costly. I guess at the end of the day VMware are within their rights to change their certs. If anything it will help to push me harder to re-train!

    1. I had a thought after my initial post, and put that under the “update” headline. What if VMware didn’t call it “expired”, but “retired” – Would that make it better? It has always been “update or you will have to take a new training class” scenario? Now you have two years to update after a new VCP or VCAP exam, and a new VCAP exam would automatically also update your VCP.

  10. I have no issues with certifications retiring/expiring however I believe the timeframe is far too short. A company may take 12 months or more to move to the latest version and then an administrator within that company has 12 months to learn the environment and sit an exam, only for that exam to expire again in 12 months.

    Sure the administrator could attempt the exam prior to the company moving to the latest version but this would require the administrator to attend training, build labs, buy books etc. rather than obtaining experience via their job.

    2 years is far too short, and is forcing some people who are already constrained with lack or training funds and access to resources to renew certifications. I’d be more satisfied with a 3 year timeframe.

    If VCAP follows the same timeframe of 2 years then I think I’m done with VMware certs just like I’m done with MS certs.

    1. I see that there is a case to be made about the longevity of an acquired certification, and 2 years seems to be a bit on the short side. 3 years would probably make most people a bit more happy.

  11. I don’t think it’s a big deal.

    What’s really changed? VCP holders don’t need to update to the new version in the first 6 months without the need to do a qualifying course. For me, that’s great.

    The certs ‘expiring’ is probably a bad choice of words. VMware should ensure version numbers are always in certs, so people can still claim VCP3 in 2014 if they want. Then it’s up to employers if it’s relevant.

    1. True about the re-certify thing, but if you get your VMware certifications merged into one account with VMware, their expiry dates will also be combined. Makes it easier to keep track of at least.

  12. I’ve no problem with them changing the policy to expire the certification even if 2 years is a bit short, but I do think that they should only change it from VCP 6 or whatever is next onwards. It’s just not cricket to say a certification is for life then change your mind further down the line. Also I think that the course requirement should not apply to anyone who has an expired cert as again that could be seen as money grabbing.

  13. Let’s keep in mind the product support life cycles of the versions we’re talking about here. ESX 4 goes end of support in May of this year. Why does anyone want to have a certification in a product that isn’t supported by the manufacturer? I still have a CNE in Novell 4.11 but you won’t find it on my business card. Add to that if you have a company that is still running ESX 4, and has no plans to upgrade, then their problem isn’t finding staff who is certified with a VCP4, it’s upgrading their technology budget to get support for the products they do own.

    Not suggesting two years of certification is aligning with product support life cycle, but for all those who just wanna keep it because they think it’s valuable in the marketplace, I can tell you as a hiring manager if you listed a VCP4 and no VMware training since then, your resume moved to the bottom of the stack because you chose to fall behind by three versions of a certification.

    1. Isn’t that just for ESX, not ESXi? Like it or not, there are companies that are still running ESXi 4.x hosts. And more than likely, companies that still have hosts at that version want to upgrade but have a reason for not being there yet. ESXi 4.1 is still supported. That would be a better argument for a VCP 3.x.

  14. I had to check to product lifecycle matrix and policy to be sure since the KB only mentions ESX, and it does say end of general support for ESXi 4.x in May 2014. (5 years after release). Regardless, VCP 4 is not as outdated as an old Novell cert, and I can see a reason for still keeping a VCP 4 on a resume.

    1. Let me clarify. My comment isn’t to say don’t list it at all. My comment is to say listing it without having/listing the VCP5 or other superseding certification could have adverse affects in job hunting.

  15. I think the problem for some is, they used the word “revoked”. Revoked doesn’t mean expired, revoked means it’s invalid. It also says if you let it expire, you can no longer use the logo or represent yourself as VMware certified, so you can’t put your VCP4 on your resume. I’m fine with it, just wish it was 3 years

    Silly question, but how does this affect people who are VCAP certified? For instance, if I completed the VCAP5-DCA (I didn’t), do I care of my VCP expires? I’m already certified at a higher level.

    1. You do care if you want to take a VCAP in another track without first taking the underlying VCP. Any VCP fills a prereq for any VCAP. You’re also in trouble for the next VCP exam as you have no way to upgrade without taking a class.

      1. Good point! I knew I was missing something. For some reason, I thought the VCAP could be used as a prereq, but now I see that is incorrect

  16. This seems like an odd move to me…don’t we already have a way to tell if someone is current? (Hint – the cert is version based.) In other words, if you only hold VCP3, you’re not current. You don’t need to rely on cert status to figure that out.
    If you are certifying against a product version, there seems to be no reason to revoke/expire/diminish the cert with a time bomb. As far as I know, no recent changes have been made to version 3 – therefor if you passed the VCP3 test many years ago, you are still current with the original cert objectives.
    Where it does make a bit more sense is on the VCP-Cloud front, which is not currently version, or even product based (you can get there potentially three different ways, based on two totally different products (vCD/vCAC)).

  17. This is not good. VCP certs already have versions (VCP3, VCP510, VCP550, etc..) Anyone with a basic knowledge on VMware products would know how old VCP3 or VCP4 is. This only enables non-tech personnel in sifting through CVs. (Oh.. you got a expired VCP cert? sorry, we are looking for people certified in current technologies only! … even if we use the older version of software)
    Though vSphere 5.5 is the latest version, many companies still use older versions. I hope VMware does recognize that. Expired/Retired should be used for versions which are no longer supported in any manner by VMware.
    Another alternative is they can simply add the year to the cert version, eg: VCP2013, VCP2014.

  18. The VCP versions age naturally anyway, if you want to look current you will do VCP in each version as it comes out. This is just a revenue generator, nothing else.

  19. My biggest issue, is the 2 years. This seems particularly short, most other vendors are 3 years. The only 2 year i can think of is the Cisco CCIE, not the CCNA/CCNP which are 3 year.

  20. I agree with the negative comments. From the VMware announcement I’m not allowed to list my VCP or use the logo anymore once it expired. But the VCP comes with a “version number” already (in contrast to other vendors certifications), so what’s the point VMware? If I hold a VCP 4 I hold it for life. Full stop.
    It’s obvious that this means I’m not certified for the latest release 5 or 6 or whatever. If no one runs R4 anymore, the certification is worthless. Fair enough. But until then I’m still fully qualified to operate an environment that is kept on R4 for whatever reason.
    Plus: if the vSphere release cycle doesn’t fit my certification schedule, I might be forced to get certified for the same major release twice. Could even be the case that the new major release is already out and just the exams are not ready. We all know that may take months. Ridiculous.
    File under: vRam and other #fail

  21. I mostly agree with Christians post, I do think the new recertification policy is a good move to bring (back) some value to the VCP certification. We will see, how this policy will do in practize. I can understand the complains regarding the 2 years, which is a short period. But I’m sure for any commited VCP, this change is going to help them to be recognized and valued for their proficiency. Some more thoughts on http://adminafterwork.com/2014/03/11/new-vmware-vcp-recertification-policy-stay-top/

    1. Congratulations. Since you passed the VCP after the 15th of March “cut off” date, your VCP will be valid until 17th March 2016. This will also be shown on your transcript once you have access to it.

  22. VMWare Fail! This is like vRam all over again. To tell people they can no longer use the Logo or claim the certification if they are expired is insulting. I am glad I never wasted my money on VMWare certs. I was considering getting certified, but no more. I have the real world experience, certification will never change that.

  23. i passed vcp410 on june 2011 does this mean i can take vcp 550 without the need for a course? if so, until what date i have as a margin to sit vcp550 exam?

    thanks for your helpful clarifications!!

  24. Issue is not re-certification. Issue is even those knowledgeable can’t take the test without paying Training Course. 2 year passes very fast. Overall, I don’t have anything good to say and cussing I guess isn’t polite.

    I have read those with blogs expressing positive opinion to the change. Well. I will be polite and end it with a you are wrong and this is a disservice to the community and future vmware professionals. It is a simple cocky attitude dominance provides. Well.

    1. Really? You are aware that you can recertify within the 2 year period, without any classroom training? The old policy was that you had to recertify within a given time period, often announced after a new release/new certification availability. Usually this was a 6 month grace period, now you have a static date you have to keep track of. I don’t see how my view on this can in any way be seen a cocky, I just believe it’s a good thing that we now have a set static policy and not a moving target. If that is cocky, well, so be it.

      As far as requiring class room training in the first place, that is something I’ve been critical of in the past, but that isn’t really what we are discussing here.

      1. Cocky was for VMware. I move in and out of different roles. I can be Windows Systems Engineer, Cisco Networking engineer, Firewall and now I will soon be VMware engineer. Not to mention recent acquisition of UCS knowledge, I have to juggle a lot of certifications along with other studies unlike one trick ponies. Other certs, I can get certified or get recertified as needed. VCP? every two years? They want VCP to be one trick pony and it will worsen the quality of those with VCP certs beyond what already is pretty lousy skillset of people. I am not talking about you. I am only referencing VCPs I run into.

  25. Well it’s bad and it’s good. If something is earned then it is the result of learning and passing an exam. You have still passed the exam. So you should be certified to use that technology.

    if there is a new technology it makes sense to re-certify.

    I really get what is behind this but the detail is a bit more difficult to get my head around.

    A VCP5 certification is not ‘for life’ it is (was) for the life of the product. It has a natural timeout built in. In addition this is not ‘industry standard’ because you don’t lose an MCP when it gets old what happens is it gets called ‘legacy’.

    In an enterprise environment upgrades are frequently less often than 2 years. A lot of businesses have got Windows 7 upgrades in progress (Windows 7 circa 2009) some business are still running ESX 4.0. Should a VCP4 ‘upgrade’ just to keep the cert even if his company has not decided to change?

    So the 2 year thing seems to fly in the face of how enterprise works in reality.

    However if you are heavily into VMWare it will make real sense. Reducing the number of qualified VCPs will keep consultancy fees high, salaries high for the certified and keep the bar high for entry. There is also a ‘certification industry’ behind this making money on exam frees, authorised training and so on. More like priesthood in the Catholic church than just simply passing an exam and getting a qualification. After all if you get a degree from university in English Literature you don’t have to re-certify to cover the new books!

    So yes I get the reason for all of this. However letting your certification lapse seems to put you back to the status of ‘unqualified’ as opposed to ‘less qualified’. Given the heavy requirements of getting the cert in the first place the least VMWARE could do is be a little more generous.

    Just my thoughts.


  26. Hi…..

    I am planning to enroll VCP-DCV VSphere5.1 Certification training program and I don’t have any prior knowledge in Networking and in Operating System Administration.

    Is it mandatory to learn Networking and Operating System concepts in depth before going to it????? What would be the validation for the VCP5.1 Certification? Your valuable suggestion is required.

  27. Just saw that wonderful announcement regarding VMware recertification. I’ll share here my thoughts, since I see a lot of comments from others. Sorry for the long post.

    First of all, since I work currently in a public institution that funds re-certifications and has a specific budget for 2014 and very slow procedures, March 2015 is not as far as VMware thinks. I don’t think I’ll be able to make it unless I fund it myself. To be honest I don’t care so much.

    I’m very happy that in IT world only vendors follow these stupid procedures with certifications and re-certifications because if the university I finished required to re-certify my title as an IT engineer every 2-3 years, that would be really problematic. Especially since most of the classes back then where related to programming (Cobol, Fortran, C, etc), I would imagine that nowadays I would need to prove my knowledge by writing code in ABAP, C#, Java and other similar languages, which of course I don’t know and they do not play any role in my job. It would be also very interesting to renew my driver’s license because nowadays cars have electric windows or they have this amazing technology called “4 wheel drive”.

    Now, let’s go to the part of why these vendor certifications are stupid.
    First of all they do not prove anything. Especially the ones like VCP-DCV where the only thing that you have to do is answer a series of multiple choice questions. Wny? Because in order to pass this exam you need to be a really good engineer or learn by heart all the questions and answers from one of those well-known PDFs.
    And actually if you are very good at learning by heart these documents (which is not that difficult), you have more chances to pass the exam than being a really good engineer.
    Moreover they concentrate on the specific product as if ESX is something standalone and is not affected by networking, storage, server hardware etc.
    But the most annoying thing is that in the end, the market fills with engineers that hold these certifications when in fact they may not have a clue on how a system works and close the doors to good engineers that even if they don’t know the specific technology, they can learn it in 2 weeks by RTFM. I still remember that once, we hired a guy who had a couple of Cisco certifications, because we thought that this proved that he had a certain level of knowledge on networks. He knew nothing… lesson learned for me.

    If any IT vendor wants to certify an engineer, he must do it properly. This means a lab, where certain scenarios need to be designed, implemented or debugged in a reasonable time frame, with the documentation of the products available. AFAIK only CCIEs are examined in similar tests, but even there, in a not so reasonable time frame, with no manuals, even without the normal CLI.

    Not to mention that it is not very moral for a vendor to advertise that “we do not require re-certification” and when they reach the critical mass of certified engineers change the policy. Which also reminds me the way they were playing with their partners. “We believe in our partners and we do not compete with them like others, therefore we will not launch our own cloud services”.

    So, let’s be honest. The certifications, as they are handled by some vendors, don’t prove anything. They try (and possibly succeed) to trick the customers that the vendor-partners/integrators who invest more have well trained engineers. In order for the vendor to accomplish this, they push the integrator to have at least a number of certified engineers or else he does not become a partner and the budget for the vendor’s involvement into trainings etc is covered by the certification business income (at least a part of it).
    Also it feeds the whole Q&A PDF publication business, the examination centers etc.

    But it also makes non-engineers to appear as engineers and good engineers to waste their (frequently personal) time in order to get the certification. So, dear vendor, at least make sure that the ones that hold the certifications truly deserve them (or does this ruin the whole certification business plan?).

    1. I think this is a bad move from vmware, vmware was doing something different compared as other vendors, now they change, after doing several certs i am done with vmware and other certifications, paper cert is becoming everyday useless, other vendor are offering good virtualization solutions cheaper than vmware, bye bye vmware

      1. What argument are you actually making here? Certifications and re-certification is one thing, different virtualization solutions licensing costs is a different issue all together.

  28. I’m currently VCP at vSphere 4. I made my certification in 2011. Do I need the What’s new course if I want to recertify in vSphere 5.5? (vSphere 4 is not available anymore..)

  29. I have not read anything on any post that relates to the amount of people, percentage based, that will no long have a VCP globally. Using round numbers for this illustration, let’s say that there are 100,000 people in the U. S. that have the VCP cert (be it 3, 4, 5, etc). What percentage of those folks are NOT going to update? My guess is about 15%. I know many folks that have VCP3 and VCP4 that have not, and will not, go for the update as they have not kept up on the updates. About 25% of them. So that makes my updated VCP5 (after passing the 550D exam) a lot more valuable. Why is have I not seen this addressed more?

    Also, I agree that “REVOKED” is too strong of a word t use and agree that three years is MUCH more feasible to keep updated. The argument that VMware doesn’t make a bundle from this as it takes $ to create and administer the exams would be more valid to me if they had chosen a longer duration so it would not have to be done as often. just my $0.02.


  30. “we live in an ever evolving technical market where continuous change happens and if you are not able to keep current, the certification holds no real merit.”

    This statement is a ridiculous conclusion. Of course my old version specific certificates hold merit. If I obtained a VCP5-DCV that means that, regardless of an ever changing technical market, I’ve still proven that I know version 5 of the product. It doesn’t mean that I’m proficient in newer versions, but that I know the version to which my certificate belongs. It will always hold merit pertaining to the version I’ve certified in despite evolving technological advancements and updates.

    Additionally, if my company decides that version 5 is good enough for their needs, even today, which many still do, then my VCP 5 certification still holds plenty of merit and continues to prove that I know what I’m talking about when it comes to that specific version. This whole thing was nothing more than a money grab and continues to be to this day. But then again, I’ve been telling people for years that nearly all certs out there are complete jokes and nothing more then money grabs. If a company with a proprietary product wants another revenue source, all they need to do is create a half baked certification program and tell people it’s extremely important to get certified.

    CompTIA can expire their certs because they aren’t version specific…that’s the difference.

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