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VCP Recertification Policy

VMware_premier_Partner_logoEarning a VCP certification is a great achievement. But, if your skills are not current, your certification loses value. To ensure that all VCP holders maintain their proficiency and stay up to date on the technology, VMware
is instituting a recertification policy.

Recertification enhances your credibility and demonstrates a commitment to your career, your employer, and your customers.

Key Dates

  • EXTENDED until 8th May 2015 all new VCP certifications must be recertified within two years of the date earned
  • Anyone holding a VCP certification awarded prior to 10th March 2013 has until 8th May 2015 to recertify
  • To thank each of you who acted early VMware will be allowing you to upgrade your certification to VCP6 (via a VCP6 migration exam) at a heavily discounted price. To take advantage of this offer, you must take the exam by 31st August, 2015.

Three Options for Recertification

To recertify, you must pass any VCP or higher-level exam within two years of earning your most recent VCP certification. In other words, you can:

  • 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
  • Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning a VCP-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification
  • Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification

There are no courses required for recertification.


Where can I learn more?

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Will I be told when my certification is going to expire?

Your transcript will show the dates your certification is valid. You will be notified that your certification is due to expire via the email associated with your MyLearn account.

What happens if I don’t recertify by the required date?

Failure to recertify by the required date will result in revocation of your certification.
If your certification is revoked, you will lose access to the VCP portal and your right to market yourself as certified for that certification, which includes the use of VMware certification logos. Also, your transcript will reflect that your certification is no longer valid.
If you would like to re-earn a certification for which you have been decertified, you must satisfy the same prerequisites as any candidate attempting to earn that certification for the first time.

Use Cases for Recertification Rules: VCP-DCV recertifying for VCP-DCV

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For further information on VMware recertification please contact us on +966 92000 9278