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VMware released details on the amount of VCPs and VCAPs. I like looking at statistics and it’s fascinating when vendors release numbers on certification holders. VMware last did this a few years ago. Unfortunately, I could not find the past numbers directly from VMware, but I did find it on vInfrastructure Blog. I will reference the data from the aforementioned sites in this article.
There are only 3,850 VCAPs in the United States and a total of 13,580 around the world. There are 98,576 VCPs in the United States and a total of 335,371 VCPs around the world. VCAPs have nearly tripled in the past few years and over 6 times more VCPs. I wonder if that is due to VMware changing their strict 2 year expiration on VCP certs.
The United States is on par with the world total of only roughly 4% of VCPs going ahead to achieve the VCAP certification. There are some overachieving countries like Egypt, which has 10% of VCPs getting their VCAP. Hopefully, VMware will give a list of totals in all countries. I made a comment requesting additional data and I will edit this article if I receive it.
I have not been a fan of VMware certifications since they decided to make the VCP expire after only two years of holding the certification. To top it off, the policy was even for past certification holders. Everyone had two years before they had to pass another exam! If not, an expensive class would be required again before taking an exam.
After that being said, I have kept up with the game and took my VMware skill set to the next level last year by passing the VCAP5-DCA. I studied more for that exam than I have ever done for any other exam. I learned a lot from the entire experience. I took the exam on the 5.5 objectives so I’m not sure how relevant my advice would be now. However, I decided to post what I said on the VCAP-DCA Study Group in case it may help others.
I passed with a score of 347. I took the exam on Saturday and received my results in about 3 hours.
I, of course, ran out of time during the exam. I worked nonstop. I don’t know what would have happened if I stepped away to use the bathroom. I completed everything I knew and went back to the few labs I wasn’t sure about.
I obtained a lot of great information in this group. I went back to the beginning of the group and read everything. Other places I learned from was the VMware Press VCAP book, Jason Nash’s Plural Sight videos, Paul Grevink’s study guide, Josh’s lab, and other various blogs. I spent about 4 months preparing for the exam going over all that material and practicing in my lab.
I’m so happy to pass the exam. I learned so much from the experience. I’m looking forward to taking a break for a while. Then take the design exam on 6.
The next VMware certification I go for will be the VCAP6-DCV Design. That will earn me the VCIX-DCV because my first VCAP basically counts as the deploy requirement. I may try to squeeze in upgrading my MCSA 2012 to 2016 before my next VCAP.