Last week VMware announced changes to the longevity of their certifications by placing expiration dates on them. Anyone who obtained a VCP prior to March 10, 2014 will now notice on their transcript that their VCP expires on March 10, 2015.
Before anyone panics (I know, too late) they also updated the options to recertify, which make the impact of expiration a bit less painful. From the announcement:
The new policy gives you three options to recertify:
1. Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. For example, if you are a VCP3, you could take the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
2. Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning VCP5-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
3. Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification.
Here are a few thoughts on this:
1. Taking the current exam looks to mean that if you received what was formally known as VCP5 by passing the VCP510 exam, you’ll need to take the VCP550 exam before March 10, 2015 to stay current. I personally fall into this situation. Thankfully there are also alternatives.
2. The new policy appears to be a strong move to help encourage people to also become certified on a different track. This allows choice at the VCP level maintaining no additional course requirements.
3. The advanced level certifications from VMware, VCAPs, are not usually simple matter for the average VMware administrator. They require considerable experience and knowledge of the product(s). That being said, where would you prefer to put your certification energy? Branching out or moving up?
One thing that these three choices mean is that you’ll need to continually prepare for keeping your certifications up to date. Since this new policy isn’t terribly different than other certification policies it shouldn’t be a surprising conversation internally. You may want to go ahead and plan to update your annual objectives for next year’s review.
Regardless of which track you are more likely to choose the clock is officially ticking. No worries. The vBrownBag crew and community are here to help you on your certification journey. We’re always looking to expand our various certification preparation series with people like yourself. Let us know if you’d like to share content related to one of the certification blueprint sections.
Look for a survey in the coming week(s) to provide us some feedback on which recertification option you’re likely to follow so we can ensure we are delivering accordingly! Thanks for being a part of the vBrownBag community!
You can read the full VMware announcement at: