VMware posted up a new Certification Roadmap for 2015 that has a slew of changes.
The VCP-level certification will now have two exams:
“Foundation” exam that is online and covers the basics of vSphere/virtualization. This will not grant you a certification.
“Elective” exam that (combined with the Foundation) will grant the VCP-level certification.
This is actually not a new idea. When VCP4-DT launched (followed by VCP-IaaS) they were 85-question “add-on” exams. You were required to have VCP4 or later 5 first. Passing this exam granted the second VCP-cert.
However, that required Desktop and Cloud candidates to pass two exams. So later 135-question “standalone” exams for Cloud/Desktop and Networking were launched that included vSphere components and didn’t require VCP5-DCV first.
VCP5-DCV was then blown up to 135 questions to match the others.
“Foundation” will take care of the basic vSphere requirements, and for those clamoring for a pop-quiz on the vSphere ICM class, this should satisfy.
The “elective” exams should then go back down to around 85 questions and focus on their particular area.
No info on availability or pricing yet.
Note that the numbering is now back. While VCP-Cloud covered exams on vCD 1.5, 5.1, 5.5, vCAC 5.5 or 6, there is now a number in the name of the certification. Also, the certification names now are all acronyms for their solution track which matches the VCIX and VCDX in that track.
VCAP / VCIX
The VMware Certified Advanced Professional name has been retired, replaced by VMware Certified Implementation Expert.
Now instead of one 3+hr design exam-and-certification and one 3+ hr admin exam-and-certification there will be one certification requiring two exams. The good news is the design exam will be shorter, tho how much shorter is not clear yet. (Note: the language on the roadmap about the Design exam being shorter has been removed.)
The cost per exam will be the same, $400 ea in the US, which makes the certification at least $800.
There will be some sort of upgrade path for candidates with both VCAPs in a particular track. If you only have one VCAP, say design, pass the VCIX admin exam in that track to be granted VCIX status.
So, VCAP5-DCD + VCIX-DCV (admin exam) = VCIX-DCV
No launch dates for new exams or retirement dates for old exams have been announced.
Note that while previously passing a VCAP exam extended your VCP expiration date out two years you will need to pass both VCIX exams (or upgrade to VCIX, see above) to extend your VCP recertification date.