Sometimes, when a cert program mandates training for its certification candidates, it’s nothing more nor less than a money grab. One of the notable exceptions to this principle is VMware, which has required authorized training (from itself or registered training partners) since the inception of its program. Given that the value and credibility of VMware certification is strong, and getting stronger, a recent promotion from VMware is likely to be of interest to those pondering a new certification, or updates to an aging one. This screen cap from the VMware training pages pretty much tells it all:
Plan ahead to save 15% and get your choice of one of three promotional gifts, too.
The deal on offer is a pretty good one, given that it involves a 15% discount on training courses that cost $1,500 and up (that’s a savings of $275 or more) that cert candidates must nearly always take. The only occasional exception comes when VMware updates a certification, under which circumstances those who hold the cert it supplants can usually take the cert exam without taking an abbreviated $1,500 update course for 90-120 days after the new course/exam combo come online. The “gift sets” in question aren’t earthshaking, but they’re better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick:
1. A DryTec Zip jacket, VMware logo baseball cap, and Atlas headphones.
2. A Jawbone UP wristband, plus Fusion Ear Buds.
3. Ifidelity Soundwave Bluetooth portable speaker, plus a USB portable charger.
What does it take to qualify for this promotional offer? Course-takers must register for their course of choice 21 days or more before its start date. Since most of us have to plan ahead to leave the office for a 2 to 5 day class anyway, this is a pretty minor onus for some decent savings, not to mention the chachkis involved. What’s in it for VMware? Early registrations help them to manage their courses better, ensure more filled seats in classrooms, and better manage training center resources and offerings. A good idea, and one worth taking advantage of for those pursuing VMware certifications — at least, while it lasts! (Promo page link.) Classes must be completed by 6/27/2014 to qualify.