I’m pretty excited about the newly announced VMware exams. VMware had a big gap between their VCP entry level certification at the mother of all daddy certifications, the VCDX. The two new exams are:
VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Enterprise Admin
VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Design
Having a VCP 4.0 is required to take these tests, but there are no additional course requirements. So you if you are brave, you can study for them on your own and try to pass the test. Of course VMware wants your money too, so they have four new optional classes to help you prepare for the exams.
The enterprise admin certification has three prep classes: vSphere Manage for Performance, vSPhere Troubleshooting, and vSphere Manage and Design for Security. If you more a design geek they are offering vSphere: Design Workshop.
More details will be available in May, with tests coming online a couple of months after. So by mid-summer you can start taking the VCAP exams. I think this is a great move by VMware to let IT professionals distinguish themselves from the common place VCP. I’ll probably start with the design track and see how that goes.
I couldn’t yet find details on VMware’s web site, but this blog has a few more details.