New VMware Certifications Announced at VMworld 2012

With the release of VMware’s new Cloud Suite, and increased focus on true cloud building, VMware’s Education division has announced changes to their VMware Certification program, including new certification tracks and exams.  We learned in today’s VMworld General Session that the total number of VMware Certified Professionals (VCP) is now over 125,000.  The announced changes will help to differentiate skill levels and specialties for VMware professionals.  The new certification structure should help to test individuals in line with their job role (Architect, Engineer Administrator, Developer, & Governance/Operator) and solution focus (Cloud, Datacenter Virtualization, End User Computing, & Cloud Application Platform).

Here’s what the new certification roadmap look like:

VMware Certification Roadmap 2012

The complete list of current and pending VMware certifications under this new program is as follows:


  • VCP-Cloud
  • VCP-IaaS
  • VCAP-Cloud Infrastructure Administrator
  • VCAP-Cloud Infrastructure Design
  • VCAP-Cloud Governance
  • VCDX-Cloud

Datacenter Virtualization

  • VCP5-Datacenter Virtualization
  • VCAP-Datacenter Administration
  • VCAP-Datacenter Design
  • VCDX-Datacenter Virtualization

End User Computing

  • VCP-Desktop
  • VCAP-Desktop Administration
  • VCAP-Desktop Design
  • VCDX-Desktop

Cloud Application Platform

  • Spring Professional
  • Web Application Developer
  • Enterprise Integration Specialist

I think the new certification strategy is good overall, but I don’t relish the thought of more tests to take.  Visit the VMware Certification site to learn more.

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