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Oct 31 2012   2:50PM GMT

VMware Certified Professional Gains Cloud Credentials

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Folks interested in VMware certification who haven’t visited its related Web pages lately might want to return for a quick visit. That’s because there have been some big changes to its programs and offerings, as acurrent (as of 10/31/2012) list of certifications will attest. First I show you their new certification roadmap, then I regale you with HTML lifted from the VMware site (slightly edited for validation and minimum whitespace):

Click the thumbnail to see the roadmap in all its detailed glory.

Click the thumbnail to see the VMware cert roadmap in all its detailed glory.

Datacenter Virtualization
End User Computing
Cloud Application Platform

Earning the new cloud-related credential — namely the VCP-Cloud that appears in the first list heading above — requires candidates either to hold a VCP5-DV credential (what’s been known simply as VCP5 until now) and to take an IaaS exam (covered by an optional VMware vCloud: Deploy and Manage the VMware Cloud [V1.5] course), or for those starting from scratch, to take that same course (mandatory) and pass the VCP-Cloud exam (which isn’t available just yet).

What’s most interesting about the overall line-up is the categories into which VMware is dividing its credentials — namely Cloud, Datacenter, End User Computing, and Cloud Application Platform — and the presence of Advanced and Design Expert credentials that are making their way into the first three of those four categories. VMware appears to be mounting a concerted effort to develop a well-defined cert ladder across the majority of its program silos.

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