VMWare VCP 5 Certification

justinoleary911 used Ask the Experts™
Hey to any certified VCP's out there.  Ive been working with VMWare since ESX 3.5 and Id like to finally get certified.  Ive read about 100 boot camps and schools that have authorized vmware training centers.  I guess my first questions is, is there any way to become certified without paying a couple of thousand dollars for the course on a product I already know?  If not can someone tell me a good resource for how good these authorized centers are.  Or possibly the cheapest path to becoming officially a VCP.
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You need to complete an authorized class as a requirement prior to taking the test.  http://mylearn.vmware.com/mgrReg/plan.cfm?plan=12457&ui=www  

There is no exception to that requirement that I'm aware of, but you don't have to go to a bootcamp to get the training as you can take it directly from VMware or authorized trainer.

You can get reduced costs for training and testing if you buy a VMUG membership, I think the cost and savings wash out each other so it may be worth it just for the time it takes to do it.

AFAIK, The only "free" way to get certified is to work for VMware.  ;)  They have support centers near Denver and Toronto (plus another one in Ireland) and are currently looking for TSE's.  Last I heard, they give new TSE's about 6 weeks of classroom instruction and a voucher for the VCP test as all TSE's have to be certified within a certain amount of time after being hired.
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Online Authorised Course at VMware and take the Exam, that's the Cheapest Route.


Also fellow VMware vExpert - Brian Atkinson, has just released a new VCP5 Book


VCP5 VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 Study Guide: Exam VCP-510

I believe this is the first Study Guide for the VCP5 Exam.

Amazon UK here

Amazon US here

As for learning VMware vSphere 5.0, there are many Online Forums, Documentation, Download Evaluations from VMware to test, Build a VMware Lab and also don't forget the Experts are here to help at Experts-Exchange.com

Official Training at VMware


or Online Training



vBrownBags are a series of online webinars held using GotoMeeting and covering various Virtualization & VMware Certification topics.


not sure, if you have practiced with the following resources

VCP5 Mock Exam

VCP5 Practice Exams

Also familarise yourself with the Documents, Experience and use ESXi 5.0.

Questions, Post here on EE, plenty of Experts to help you.

See also this post


VMware vSphere 5.0 Documentation

VMware vSphere 5.0 Documentation Index

VMware vSphere Basics Guide

vSphere Installation and Setup Guide

vSphere Upgrade Guide

vCenter Server and Host Management Guide      

vSphere Virtual Machine Administration Guide

vSphere Host Profiles Guide

vSphere Networking Guide

vSphere Storage Guide       

vSphere Security Guide       

vSphere Resource Management Guide       

vSphere Availability Guide

vSphere Monitoring and Performance Guide       

vSphere Troubleshooting       

VMware vSphere Examples and Scenarios Guide

Release 5.0 Update 1 Documentation Archive
Release 5.0 Documentation Archive


i see the links for the vcp training from vmware but i cant find pricing information,  how much is the online course from vmware?
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depends which course?


OK is their a listing somewhere of courses and their prices?  I would go with the cheapest route
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do you currently have vcp ?
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$2796 for the Install, Configure and Manage.

Go to the following link, select the Online Course, Select Get Price Quote

you need to register



lots of good information, stinks i have to take this class when i already know the product

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