VMware has changed their certification policy by joining the majority of the rest of the technology industry. VMware professionals now have to recertify every two years. Old certifications undoubtedly lose value. But will the current certification standard build credibility and value? Unfortunately, some blogs present arguments that it will not. The new certification track requires two exams. One is a foundational exam, at a cost of $125. The second is the professional exam, at a cost of $225. From a financial perspective, this change will mean VMware stands to make millions every two years from certifications based on the 70,000 VMware Certified Professionals around the globe now.
The balance between knowledge, experience, and certification is a challenging manifestation. VMware knowledge is gained through education, training, and stimulated mental learning. VMware experience is the practical and physical real-world usage of that knowledge in a virtualized production environment. Certification is supposed to demonstrate through quantified questions a proven valuation that can reflect comparable differences between those who have it, and those who do not. Let’s face it, a doctor without M.D. after their name is not a doctor, no matter how much they know. So how should VMware prove that those with a VCP after their name have a demonstrated learned ability compared to those who simply passed the exam but really know nothing about the VMware virtualized environment?
How can the scale be balanced when there is no clear baseline for evaluation? VMware advises that you know their blueprint, yet it seems widely accepted that it does not cover everything that is on the exam. VMware suggests the scale is balanced with a minimum of only six-months of experience, but there is no baseline for that either. The truth is not everyone is an administrator. Most are not near a root level. What permissions an employee has determines their involvement on a day-to-day basis. Years in a virtualization environment means little if all they do is take virtualized snapshots without understanding why they have taken them.
Certification is a personal achievement. It will mean more or less to the individual based upon their own ethics and behavior. If you make the decision to get your VCP certification, then you should prepare for it with such sites like PassTheVCP.com that care more about testing your knowledge than memorizing a possible test question. You should get additional training that covers more than what you may learn in an Install, Configure and Manage course. Find one that teaches you practical, hands-on labs in a challenging training environment, such as with Tech Training Solutions, where you can ask questions about your own situation. If you need to take a VMware authorized course, look for bundled packages that may offer you both training options at a discounted price. If you have virtualization experience, then Certification Camps in Tampa, Florida, is a great place to check out a complete package including live classroom training, travel, lodging, and certification, all in nine days. To balance the scales, to find the right equilibrium, to believe that the letters behind your name have a tangible meaning, begins with your own integrity. If your certification demonstrates real knowledge, and real experience, you will reap the financial reward of certification success. Your scale is balanced. Congratulations.