Up until now the VCP program of VMware has been a “VCP for life” type of deal. You do the exam and get the VCP sticker without having to follow up, unlike other certification programs like the Cisco certifications.

VMware has just announced a change to their certification program which requires current VCP holders to recertify every two years. After the continuing improvements to the VMware certification program, like splitting up the technologies into general, cloud and mobile tracks, you now have to prove yourself worthy of the VCP title every two years.

This new policy gives you three options to recertify:

  1. Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. For example, if you are a VCP3, you could take the current VCP5-Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) exam.
  2. Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. For example, if you are a VCP-Cloud, you could recertify by earning VCP5-Desktop (VCP5-DT) certification.
  3. Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification.


For all the information, check the VMware Certification website.

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One comment on “VMware VCP Required Recertification

  • This sucks, Its better to support, encourage and transition to hyper v, since mcse, mctp dont have expiry or time limit. passing with so much effort for nothing…. let client know that i did not updated my knowledge, it doesnt matter to me, so why dont vmware leave my validity as is.

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