1. The certification is VCP-DCV 2020
2. It is not the Foundations exam that has a training requirement (anyone can take it)
3. The VCP as a whole has the training requirement
4. As well as the Foundations exam (and the training) you also need to pass a Professional exam in order to meet the full requirements to achieve the VCP
5. The on demand class should take the same amount of time to complete as a regular live class, so approx 30 hours
6. From when you start, you have 30 days access to the class materials (videos, manuals, labs)
Have a look at this page: VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization 2020 (VCP-DCV 2020)
If you follow the links to the pages for each exam you will find an exam guide PDF which tells you the topics tested on and the associated documentation (which is also used to create and validate the exam items).
VMware have an active promotion that gives access to their Learning Zone video library for free at the moment: https://blogs.vmware.com/education/files/2020/05/VLZ-Premium-Subscription-6-Month-Promotion-External-FAQ.pdf
There are also numerous community resources for the exams, search online for “study guide” and you’ll find those.
This is very helpful, I did not realize it was possible to stay the test without a training first.
Thank you for all the information!
You can complete the VCP requirements in any order you like, but won’t achieve the certification until all requirements are met.
Thank you for this informations.
Is VLZ premium subscrition enough to be eligible for vcp certification?
I dont understand if the mandatory courses are included in the subscrition
No, the only self-paced learning which meets the training requirement are the "on demand" versions of the classroom training - expand item 2 on this page for details on all the recognised training:
I'm currently studying for VCP-DTM and have just completed the On Demand course. The on demand course itself took me about 16 hours to finish - it's generally about 30mins-1hr of slides and presentation, then a lab that takes 20 mins or so. Bearing in mind I'm speaking from a DTM perspective, not DCV, the labs were pretty straightforward and easy, didn't really simulate any break/fix scenarios so I was mostly learning how things are installed and configured. That said, the lab environment is pretty good - I have access to all the technologies being tested and a means to play around with them -so in some respects it's valuable to be able to do that, but I wouldn't consider pursuing this course if I didn't have several years of hands on experience - just presuming you have that, you will probably enjoy it.
In honesty, the foundations exam was a much steeper learning curve for me as I've never needed to look at things like HA, FT, DRS in depth - so I found it to be a real headache to revise for - but did learn a hell of a lot too. you might wanna consider getting a vMug membership to get discounts on your exam takes and access to vSphere evaluation products, it'll also knock £500 off the on demand course.
I'm going to write a blog post about my experience with the exam so will share it here when I've passed.
That is great information, I did pick up a vmug subscription and setup a homelab in vmware player with 2 ESXi hosts and a vCenter server, good to know about the exam discounts as well.
I am hoping the Labs will help me out I have 3 years of experience with at work which is 4 hosts, 50ish VM setup with iscsi storage, I took it from 5.5 to 6.5 and have been doing the updates/upgrades, I figure it is a great time to learn more about virtualization so I am excited to go for VCP.
Are there any particular study material that you recommend for the foundation exam? Currently, I am going through the course in the learning zone. I look forward to seeing your blog post.
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I bought the official cert guide, which, although the tone of the book is readable and conversational, I found that it covered only about 25% of the questions in the foundations exam. I was really surprised how off the mark it was, I actually sat Foundations 3 times because I was totally out of my depth with a lot of the questions - but maybe you'll understand it better given you're experience - I can send you my study guide if you like. But I found that the VMware KB and whitepapers were the best resource and 'Mastering vSphere 6.7' book helped too.