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Exam profile: VMware Certified Associate – Cloud Exam VCAC510

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This article profiles VMware's VCA-Cloud Certification. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of preparation tools to help IT Professionals in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the Certification. This certification profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect for this certification and how to best prepare for it.

The VMware Certified Associate—Cloud Exam (VCAC510) is a new, entry level exam designed to test basic understanding of VMware cloud infrastructure solutions. This exam is aimed at individuals with 1-2 years’ experience in the industry and is familiar with the VMware vCloud Suite. This exam will test individuals’ abilities to identify core components of the VMware vCloud Suite product suite and how they solve specific business challenges. The VCAD510 exam is an online exam available through Pearson VUE; you must firstrequest authorization from via VMware  to be eligible for the exam.

The VMware Certified Associate—Cloud Exam is the only exam needed to achieve the VCA-Cloud certification. There is no prerequisite required to takes this exam; however, it is recommended to take the VMware Cloud Fundamentals course prior to this exam. The VMware Cloud Fundamentals course is a free 3-hour e-learning course provided by VMware. For more details about the VCA-Cloud exam and recommended course, please see the VCA-Cloud Exam Profile and the VCA-Cloud site from VMware.

Exam Details

  • Number of Questions: 50 questions, with a pre-exam survey of 5 questions.
  • Types of questions: Multiple choice; some questions will require only one selection while others may require two or more selections. Questions clearly state the number of required selections.
  • Passing Score: 300, on a scaled score of 100 to 500.
  • Time Limit: 75 minutes for the exam plus an additional 15 minutes to complete the survey and agreements.
  • How to register: http://mylearn.vmware.com/quiz.cfm?item=47428 and http://www.pearsonvue.com/vmware

Trouble Spots

In general, candidates should have thorough knowledge of all aspects of the exam blueprint (listed below), but there are a few objectives that could cause particular trouble.

This exam has a very wide breadth of areas that must be understood. One must have knowledge of all the products within the suite; this includes vCloud Director, vCloud Automation Center (vCAC), vCloud Operations Manager, and the rest of the suite of products. This is a large amount of knowledge required to be successful, not including the fact that vCAC is fairly new and not widely available.

Over and above that the concepts involved in multi-tenancy and vCloud Network and Security are challenging in and of themselves. Toss in vCenter Operations super-metrics, and there are quite a few trouble spots in this exam one must navigate.

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