Frequently Asked Questions: VCP Program & Exam

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    Here are some common questions regarding the VCP program and the VCP exam.  If you don't see your question here, post it and a member of the Certification Team will respond shortly.

    Frequently Asked Questions:


    Q: How can I become a VMware Certified Professional?



    A: There are a number of paths to VCP on VI3 certification. 1.) If you are currently a VCP on 2, you must take the new VCP on VI3 certification exam. Your VCP on 2 certification will not expire but we encourage VCPs to stay up to date. 2.) All other candidates need to take either the VMware authorized VI3: Install and Configure course, or if eligible the VI3: Deploy, Secure and Analyze course. We also offer the Fast Track class, a high intensity 5-day class that covers material from both the Install and Configure course and the DSA course. This class also meets the requirements for certification and a voucher for the exam is included in the class price.






    Q: Will this change for VMware Infrastructure 3.5 and VirtualCenter 2.5?





    A: Current holders of the VCP for VMware Infrastructure 3 will not be required to refresh their certification for VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.5.  Candidates who have taken one of the qualifying courses for the VCP on VI3 (see above) and have not taken the test are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.  Beginning March 1st 2008, questions on VMware ESX Server 3.5 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 may appear on the exam.  Candidates who have taken a qualifying VCP on VI3 course and DO NOT take the test prior to March 1st, 2008 will have the following options to learn about the new software versions:



    Self study and hands on experience


    1. What's New offerings from VMware

      • What's New classes will not be required for those attempting the exam, but are recommended as an information source.  An updated exam blueprint will be posted on the VMware Technical Certification website early in 2008. This exam will address topics covered in the exam and will be a valuable study tool for those attempting the exam.




    Q: Do I really need to attend the class to qualify for certification? Can't I just self study?





    A: The class is a requirement for certification. We do not make any exceptions to this requirement.






    Q: How do I register for the VCP certification exam?



    A: The VMware Certified Professional exam is administered by Pearson VUE, a third party authorized testing center. Pearson VUE has over 3500 authorized testing centers worldwide. To register, visit and select the VCP on VI3 certification exam. The exam code is VCP-310.






    Q: How many questions are on the exam?



    A: There are 75 questions on the exam.






    Q: What is the allotted time for the exam?



    A: Exam takers have 90 minutes to take the exam. Individuals in countries where English is not the national language will automatically receive an additional 30 minutes to complete the exam. Please confirm this at the time of registration.






    Q: What is the exam code for the VCP on VI3 exam?



    A: The current VCP on VI3 exam code is VCP-310.