Recently, I satisfied my VCP5 recertification requirement of every two years by achieving VCP6-NV. If you are not aware, achieving VCP in a different track is one of several ways to qualify to start the clock over again on your existing VCP certifications. However, I was really cutting it close and failed my first attempt on my VCP6-DV. With a mandatory one week waiting period to take the exam, I basically had two more shots to pass it, so I began looking at any other avenues to keep my existing VCP certifications. I did stumble into one, so here’s a potential VCP5 recertification backdoor that could help get you out of a jam of losing your VCP certifications.
VCP5 Recertification – What’s this all about?
If you haven’t heard, VMware recently made it a requirement to recertify every two years. If you take no action, you lose any and all VCP certifications. As an example, I am a VCP3/4/5 in the Data Center Virtualization track. All of those certifications would have expired had I took action this month.
You can satisfy the requirement to recertify in a variety of ways:
- Pass again the VCP exam for the current exam you’re currently certified in within the same version. For example, if you’re VCP5-DV, you could pass the VCP 5.5 exam again.
- Pass the VCP exam within the same track in a newer version. IE, if you’re a VCP5-DV, you could pass the delta or full exam for VCP6-DV.
- Achieve a VCP certification in a different track. This was the route I took. By achieving VCP6-NV, I recertified my VCP3/4/5-DCV.
- Achieve a VCAP or VCDX certification in the same or different track. This was going to be my original path, as I was targetting VCAP6-DCV Deploy, but I got sidetracked unfortunately with other certifications and various things (Nutanix NPP, EMC Unity, VMware VCA6-Hybrid Cloud, and VCP6-NV).
Note that any of the above paths cost significant money. A VCP exam costs $225, and a VCAP exam is over $400 without any discounts. You also need to take the time to take a proctored exam at a testing center, too.
VCP5 Recertification – Potential Backdoor!
However, I did find a potential backdoor to take care of your VCP5-DCV recertification. Note this officially works for people who are VCP5-DCV and achieved that certification through exam VCP510 only.
The VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization Delta Exam apparently is still available. VMware announced numerous times they would be ending its availability but never did.
I thought this exam was no longer available, as it was announced to be discontinued and extended a few times, but finally was to be discontinued on 3/31/16. But there it is! I’ve clicked to register for it all the way up to the point you pay for it with Pearson Vue, and nothing is stopping me, so it appears to be a valid way if you’re a VCP5 through the VCP510 exam (so that presumably excludes the VCP550 exam) to extend your VCP status another two years.
If you’re not familiar with this exam, it’s taken at home, open book/note, with no waiting period if you fail, AND it’s cheaper than a VCP exam on top of all that.
Word of warning though – VMware has begun to expire certification exams for vSphere 5. For example, VMware is discontinuing VCAP5-DCV exams come November. I would assume VMware will retire all vSphere 5 exams soon. So, if you want some insurance and reset your two year clock, you might strongly consider doing this exam sooner rather than later while you still can if you took VCP510.
Also, FYI, there is a VCP6-DCV delta exam as well. However, Pearson Vue proctors this $225 exam just like a VCP6-DCV exam is. I’m not entirely sure what the difference is between them. It would net you VCP6-DCV, though compared to the VCP5 delta exam.
Which way are you planning to recertify?