In a recent blog post in response to my Open letter to VMware post that mentioned relaxing the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, someone brought up the fact that a 9 year old was able to pass the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam and became a MCP. The blogger was arguing that the $3,000 cost of a VCP course, which is required to take the VCP exam, makes the certification more valuable (and deters 9 year olds from earning professional certifications).
I think some people are missing my point on why VMware should drop the requirement to take a class in order to take the VCP test, so let me explain.
My request was for VMware to drop this requirement as it discriminates against qualified people from taking the test unless they take VMware’s revenue-generating course. In my opinion, all that this class does is help those that are new to using VMware Infrastructure 3 get started with the product. The course may be good for that purpose, but taking a class does not necessarily mean a person is qualified to become a VMware Certified Professional.
If said 9 year old had rich parents, took the class and then took the test right after and passed it, would you want them working in your data center?
I don’t agree with those that argue that taking the class is vital to ensuring the integrity of the VCP. In my book, experience tops classroom learning; what you’ve done is more important than what you know.
I would prefer working with someone who has had years of experience working with VMware and was not a VCP rather then someone who has very limited experience and took a one week class and passed a test. Knowledge comes from experience, not vice-versa. Experienced veterans should not need to take a class to become certified. I’m all for having qualified professionals with VCP certifications, but there are other ways to do it rather than requiring that someone taking a class.
For those who are more then qualified to take the test: While $3,000 may not be a lot of money for some, it’s a waste of money if the person taking the class is not really going to gain anything from it. Also, in these times many companies are forced to cut their training budgets. Is it fair that someone who has worked hard and learned by methods other than a VCP class is excluded from becoming a VCP?
VMware: let me modify my request, drop the class requirement and make the test tough enough so only knowledgeable and experienced people can pass it. Doing this should help those that cannot afford to take your class and ensure that the integrity of the certification remains intact.