I am sure by this point most of the people have heard about the new VMware Certified Associate certifications that were released during VMware World 2013 in San Francisco. Some of the bloggers wrote about their exam experience and I figured why not pass some of these exams myself. Now, I’d like to make a point and say that if you’re new to VMware vSphere, then these certifications are a good starting point, and why is that?
- Covers the basics around VMware vSphere, VMware Cloud, and VMware VDI solutions
- No course requirement
- Free fundamental training from VMware to help you pass these exams
I’ve been working with VMware close to 7 years now, in pretty much every capacity, from installing and managing VMware vSphere to Design and Deployment so for me, these exams were not that difficult. However, I do have to admit, that some of the VCA exams are harder than others.
So now you might be asking what certifications am I talking about? So let’s break it down.
- VMware Certified Associate – Data center Virtualization
- VMware Certified Associate – Cloud
- VMware Certified Associate – Workforce Mobility
As I mentioned earlier, I’ve had the opportunity to sit two of the three exams (Cloud and DCV) and I find that the exams cover the basics pretty well. If you’re new to virtualization technology or new to VMware vSphere, I’d definitely recommend that you take the time to go through the training first before taking the exam, even as basic as these exams are, some of the questions are tricky. The training for these exams is usually found on the VMware certification page.
In terms of pricing for these exams, at the moment they have a special where it’s 50% off, meaning the exams cost $60 USD, down from $120. When I originally took the two exams, they had a promo where they were giving away a voucher that would cover the cost of the exam which would make it free. Unfortunately it looks like the promotion ended on October 15, 2013 and the voucher can no longer be used. To register for the exam, you’ll need to submit your registration through the VMware ceritication site by going to your designated certification page and registering for the exam. You will then receive an email confirmation from Pearson Vue that your exam is ready to be scheduled. You’ll then need to login into your Pearson Vue account and register for the exam.
The exam can be taken online, meaning you don’t have to go to a testing center and sit the exam, however you do have 48 hours from the moment of registration to finish the exam.