When vSphere 6.0 was announced with all its shiny awesome features yesterday, which took the (well deserved) spotlight. There was another announcement that deserves some kind of a spotlight; a new certification system.

VMware has replaced the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) with the VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX), which was already in place for Network Virtualization (NSX for vSphere). Like the VCAP certification, VCIX will have an exam focussed on administration and an exam focussed on design. Having a VCIX will be a requirement for getting to VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX).

Here's an overview of the new system:

More information: Certification Service Brief, VMware Certification roadmap for 2015.

On the Certification roadmap for 2015, there's a mention of an online exam to cover the basics of virtualization, but it's not specially mentioned in the certification overview. If it was VCA, there would (or should) be an arrow from VCA to VCP, but there's not. This online certification is a prerequisite for achieving VCP. Hopefully more information about that online foundation exam will follow soon.

Where new certifications go, new training courses will follow. So far only in the Datacenter Virtualization (DCV) track there have been new courses announcement.

  • vSphere What’s New [V5.5 to V6] (Instructor Led (5-day) & On Demand)
  • vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (Instructor Led (5-day) & On Demand)
  • vSphere: Optimize and Scale (Instructor Led (5-day) & On Demand)

The great thing is that all these courses are available on demand.

More information on the new courses.

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