Ever since the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) credential hit the streets in the mid-2000s, it's been an extremely popular and highly sought-after certification. With the introduction of vSphere 5 in July, 2011, there's a new version of the VCP certification to go with it: the VCP5, associated with the VCP510 exam. Though this exam will not be available until August 29th, it's already starting to attract both attention and interest.
Here's some more good news: for those who are already certified with VCP4 status, the normal course requirement that accompanies most VMWare credentials has been waived through February 29, 2012 (yes, next year is a Leap Year). Those who delay the exam beyond that cut-off date or who don't already hold the VCP4 credential must take the 5-day VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [V5.0] class which goes for $3,495 in the USA. This requirement attaches even to those who hold older VMware Certified Professional certs (VCP3 in other words).
VCP5 Certification Requirements Chart
After Leap Day, 2012, even VCP4 holders will have to take the two-day "What's New in VMware vSphere 5" class to meet the education requirement for their cert upgrade (normally costs $1,495). But until then, those who do hold the VCP4 can skip the education requirement entirely. That's a great way to save some cold, hard cash and keep your credential current!
I'm badgering the editorial staff at Pearson in the newly-formed VMware Press division (which also has custody over all the VMware related certification titles) to find out when the VCP5 Exam Cram will be ready. I'm sure those who do want to take the exam to beat the training requirement will also want the chance to flip through its pages before heading to a Pearson VUE exam center to tackle this test! Please stay tuned for those details. I'll update this blog with that info as soon as it hits my inbox.