VMware Brings Back VCA Certifications

Posted on August 28, 2013 by Brian Suhr in VMware with 0 Comments

The VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification has long been the entry point into showing your VMware skills. But the VCP-level certification requires that you take an authorized VMware course. These courses can run several thousand dollars, which in some ways helps keep the paper VCPs out, but the cost can prevent some good people from getting certified.

A few years ago VMware briefly tested out the VCA or Associate-level certification with the View desktop track. The VCA-DT certification did not hang around long and no new certifications have been offered recently. That all changed at the start of VMworld 2013. I’m happy to bring you details on the new selection of VMware Certified Associate (VCA) certifications.

VMware Certified Associate (VCA) Certification Returns

 

VCA Data Center Virtualization

This VCA certification is based on the vSphere product. While the VCA certification does not require a class, it is also not a requirement for any other higher-level certifications. This is good news for those that don’t want to waste their time taking additional tests.

“A candidate for the VCA certification is familiar with VMware products and technologies and the business needs that can be met by those technologies. The candidate may be in any number of job roles that interact with VMware Data Center Virtualization technologies. The successful candidate will most likely have worked with VMware vSphere and should be knowledgeable of other VMware solutions where vSphere serves as a foundation, and should have related additional industry-recognized general IT certifications or the equivalent experience (typically 1-2 years).” – from the VCAD510 VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualization exam.

VMware Certified Associate (VCA): Data Center Virtualization

If you want to learn more about what it takes to earn this new VCA, grab the Blueprint and start reading.

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VCA Cloud

This is VCA certification is based on the vCloud Suite of products. This will include the cloud provisioning and automation products. While the VCA certification does not require a class to take it is also not a requirement for any other higher level certifications. This is good news for those that don’t want to waste their time taking additional tests.

“A candidate for the VCA certification is familiar with VMware products and technologies and the business needs that can be met by those technologies. The candidate may be in any number of job roles that interact with VMware Cloud technologies. The successful candidate will most likely have worked with VMware vCloud Director and/or VMware vCloud Automation Center and should be knowledgeable of other components that make up the vCloud Suite, as well as the solutions where vCloud serves as a foundation. The candidate should have related additional industry-recognized general IT certifications or the equivalent experience (typically 1-2 years).” – from the VCAC510 VMware Certified Associate – Cloud exam

VMware Certified Associate (VCA): Cloud

If you want to learn more about what it takes to earn this new VCA, grab the Blueprint and start reading.

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VCA Workforce Mobility

This VMware Certified Associate certification is based on the Horizon Suite of products. This will include the EUC products for VDI, physical and applications. While the VCA certification does not require a class to take it is also not a requirement for any other higher level certifications. This is good news for those that don’t want to waste their time taking additional tests.

“A candidate for the VCA certification is familiar with VMware products and technologies and the business needs that can be met by those technologies. The candidate may be in any number of job roles that interact with VMware Workforce Mobility technologies. The successful candidate will most likely have worked with Horizon View and should be knowledgeable with the other products in the Horizon Suite, as well as the VMware solutions where Horizon View serves as a foundation. Candidates should have related additional industry-recognized general IT certifications or the equivalent experience (typically 1-2 years).” – from the VCAW510 VMware Certified Associate – Workforce Mobility exam

VMware Certified Associate (VCA): Workforce Mobility

If you want to learn more about what it takes to earn this new VCA, grab the Blueprint and start reading.

VCA Network Virtualization

This is VCA certification will likely be based on the NSX and vCNS products from VMware. There is little information available at this time since VMware has never specifically offered a direct network based certification. Stay tuned as more details are released they will be covered here on Petri Knowledgebase.

“With the VCA-Network Virtualization certification, you’ll have greater credibility when discussing network virtualization, the business challenges network virtualization is designed to address, and how deploying the VMware network virtualization solution addresses those challenges. You’ll be able to define network virtualization and provide use case scenarios of how network virtualization can enhance the cost and operational benefits of virtualization across your network.” – from VMware Certified Associate – Network Virtualization (VCA-NV)

If you want to learn more about what it takes to earn this new VCA, your gonna have to wait for now because the Blueprint is not available yet.

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