VMware Certified Professional: VI3 Edition

This post will include information on the VCP VI3 certification offered by VMware.

To become a VCP VI3 you need to do three things:

1. You have to take the VMware authorized course. No if, ands, or buts! The classes are instructor led and will allow you to get your hands dirty with VMware. There's three courses you can take.

  • VMware Infrastructure 3: Install and Configure V3.5
  • VMware Infrastructure 3: Deploy, Secure and Analyze V3.5
  • VMware Infrastructure 3: Fast Track V3.5

2. Get hands on experience with VMware. What's the point of trying to get a VCP without using it!?

3.Sign up and pass the exam: http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware

Now that doesn't sound too hard, does it? Well, I wouldn't say taking IT exams is easy. (Unless, you're dumping, which I completely do not agree with.) Usually the hard part of getting a VCP is money. $2500-$3000 a course seems a little steep for a lot of people.(Although, Fast Track = $5495 but includes the exam) I see where VMware is coming from, especially due to the current state of IT certification. (i.e. people cheating/dumping exams.) Also, with the course you receive a VMware messenger bag, I mean, that's totally worth $3000, right?

After you have passed your exam, you will receive a complimentary license of VMware workstation, a $175 "savings". Interesting that the course itself costs about the same.

So, why get your VCP? Why does anyone get IT certifications? We all have different reasons, career advancement, your employer requires you to, or you just like to learn. Whatever your reason may be, getting certified in a technology is always beneficial.

So here are a study guide which can help you to prepare for VCP certification exams

Below are some resources you can use to learn more about VMware certifications:

VMware Education Services

TechExams.net Virtualization Forum

The Value of the VCP (VMware Certified Professional)

Doug Hazelman (VMDoug)
Doug Hazelman (VMDoug)

Doug Hazelman is Vice President, Product Strategy, Chief Evangelist. Doug consults with customers, partners and industry analysts on key considerations for implementing virtual server infrastructures. He works with Veeam’s R&D team to enhance and develop new Veeam products to address market needs, and advises customers on best practices for managing virtual environments. Doug shares his expertise via the Veeam blog and other social media outlets. Doug has spoken about virtualization management at VMworld, the Nordic Virtualization Conference, Interop, and other events including regional VMUG meetings. He is a VMware vExpert for 2011 and has also appeared on VMworld.com's "Ask the Experts."

Prior to joining Veeam, Doug was an IT infrastructure consultant with Bennett Adelson. Earlier in his career he was the director of Product Management for Migration Solutions at Quest Software. Doug was with Aelita Software in various technical and product management roles for more than five years before it was acquired by Quest Software in 2004.

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