VMware have made some changes to their certification – Firstly, the VCP3 test which was due to be ended at the end of 2009 has been rescued – and won’t now be discontinued until March 31st. The reason being that there is still a signficant number of folks doing the Vi3 courses and supporting that product.
Additionally, the deadline for VCP4 upgrade has been extended – until the 31st January. If you are ALREADY a VCP3 then there’s no need to take a training course. All you have to do is sit & pass the VCP4 test by the end of the month – and you will be upgraded from VCP3 to VCP4. This change was made because the folks who run the tests (Pearson VUE) didn’t have the capacity to process the people wanting to upgrade at the end of the year. So through no fault of their own, certain candidates were unable to schedule the VCP4 test.
If you don’t make the 31st Jan deadline – you have two choices either do the 2-day “What’s New” course or else take the 5-day “Fast Track”. I know its cost money & time but personally I would recommend the Fast Track course – it would MORE than prepare you for the VCP4 exam…
More details here: http://mylearn1.vmware.com/portals/certification/