VCP or other certification, how much help has it been?

Discussion in 'Virtualized Computing' started by Grimlaking, May 16, 2018.

  1. Grimlaking

    Grimlaking [H]ard|Gawd

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    I know in my environment the difference with some of the longer term Vmware administrators has been night and day. They don't get why we do some things the way we do. (not giving them access to our VM infrastructure.) But at least now they don't try to step on me when I tell them how I want to do things.
     
  2. Child of Wonder

    Child of Wonder 2[H]4U

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    When I first got the VCP3 it didn't help at all. My company had a lot of favoritism and because I was newer others got to focus on VMware even though I knew much more than they did.

    When I was laid off the VCP did help me get a job at a VAR as a Virtualization Engineer.
     
  3. Grimlaking

    Grimlaking [H]ard|Gawd

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    Child of Wonder, have you bothered keeping up with your VCP over the iterations? (Or when it expires every 2 years.)
     
  4. Child of Wonder

    Child of Wonder 2[H]4U

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    Yeah, but only because my current employer pays for it and gives me a bonus for it.

    Otherwise I would let it lapse.
     
  5. Grimlaking

    Grimlaking [H]ard|Gawd

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    Lol, yea I just got my 6.0. Now 6.5 and 6.7 are out and I'm like... really? lol. at least now I'd only need a 5k class before the next test. And work buys it so... meh.
     
  6. Spartacus09

    Spartacus09 n00bie

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    I got my VCP just under 2 years ago, the VCP class had some ok information, but if you have several years of working with VMware under your belt you have alot of the knowledge and information already.
    You can take the test anytime you want and pass it, but you don't get the VCP certification until you attend the $4k class (a bit crappy IMO) ~ best to attend the class first for the sake of process.
    That being said both the class and test have alot of information that isn't likely to be used in small-medium business environments.
    For me the studying of the VCP was alot of knowledge cramming of the pieces I didn't use on a regular basis. (most of that knowledge is lost in the ether now)

    VCP is nice to get under your belt for showing a company you have the skills and a benefit if the company is a TAP or EA partner as they generally require a certain number of certified employees.
    Its really only worth it if you can get your current company to pay for it, that's solely because VMware requires you to take both the class and the test.
    In the world of IT, experience is generally acceptable equivalent to certifications, degrees, and training.

    Once you have that initial step VCP certification you can do self study on the VCAPs and work towards VCIX or just renew your VCP with the latest version every couple of years.
    The big thing to note is, if you do get the VCP, NEVER let it expire (its only $250 to retake a new version, or $450 for a VCAP).

    As long as you take one of the VMware exams and pass every <2 years your certification gets renewed with each cert.
    If it expires you then have to take the class and test over again, I'm brushing up on my VCAP for next month as my VCP expires in August myself.

    Good luck, try to get that company funding!
     
  7. Grimlaking

    Grimlaking [H]ard|Gawd

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    Oh yea I already have my VCP just wanted to gauge impact of the VCP for others as well.
    My company actually was pretty good about it. They want me to learn Datapower or another Technology this year and are willing to pay for it. (Engineer level.. kind of like level 3 but more project focused targeted to go to Architect in my personal goals.)