The VCP-NV is your ticket to escaping the VCP “Class requirement” for VCP-DCV!

November 10th, 2014
by Christopher Kusek (PKGuild)

#Update# This is no longer valid – Please check out my #AsteriskGate post for details;

VMware feels the ‘pinch’ and “invalidates” the VCP-NV as a “valid VCP Certification” #AsteriskGate


So you’re a long time virtualization user. You’ve worked with the systems, you love VMware! (You might even have a bumper sticker on your laptop stating as such) Yet… You never got your VCP.

What?! Why aren’t you a VCP?

This is a problem which plagues many an Admin who will often be multi-skilled and can justify the $225 price-tag to take the exam but whose employer will NOT pay for you to be away from the office, nor the hefty price tag often associated with the VCP course itself.  Yea, we get that, so what?!

The VCP-NV will be your savior! (Until 28FEB2015)

VMware Certified Professional - Network Virtualization

So for those of you who are familiar, VMware has introduced the VCP Network Virtualization an exam which is focused heavily on the Nicira product (Named NSX, and occasionally vCNS related stuff for you vCloudy’s out there!)  Also for a limited time they have introduced a unique ‘program’ with this which is…

If you have a Valid CCNA Data Center or CCNA Routing & Switching or CCNP Data Center or CCNP Routing & Switching certification you are eligible to take the VCP-NX without having to have a classroom requirement! Full details can be found at VMware’s site here on the VCP-NV.

Wait, how does this help me with my VCP-DCV?!

I knew you were going to ask that question.  Well, take a journey with me, shall we?

  1. Earn your CCNA Routing and Switching (It’s the cheapest of the options available)
    1. (Unless you already have a CCNA R&S then you’re on the way!)
  2. Submit verification of Cisco Certification to VMware (Details here)
  3. Study for and pass the VCP-NX
  4. Now you’re officially a VCP, which grandfathers you into the ability to pass ANY VCP Exam and earn the VCP designation without classroom requirement!
  5. Schedule and pass the VCP-DCV (and/or VCP-DT, VCP-Cloud)
    1. If you schedule your exam BEFORE 1JAN2015 you can use VCPRECERT25 for 25% off! (See link)
    2. If you schedule your exam BEFORE 19DEC2014 and are located in APJ/APAC get 50% off! (See Link)

Some of you might feel this is a lot of work. I don’t think any of us didn’t say it WAS, however it is also NOT having to take the classroom requirement and get around this little issue which quite frankly is awesome! :)  For a lot of us, it is really about principle and anything we can do to avoid an arbitrary classroom will work, that and in many cases it is quite cheaper AND expands your possible horizons! <3

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Posted in Certification, Cisco, Education, Virtualization, vmware | Comments (8)

  • It is with great sadness that I report via #AsteriskGate that this is no longer ‘valid’ :(

    VMware feels the ‘pinch’ and “invalidates” the VCP-NV as a “valid VCP Certification” #AsteriskGate

  • GG says:

    @cxi:disqus That decision from VMware was retracted!

  • That’s what we’re waiting to see officially addressed (unless you’ve seen something official other than the now missing Asterisk :))

  • GG says:

    Please spread the good news then :)

  • Mark Smith says:

    Thanks Christopher. I have my CCNA and it has been verified by VMware, I did my VCP5-DCV Exam last year and VCP-NV Exam yesterday. I checked my transcript today and have the VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization certification but I do not have the the Data Center Virtualization one :-(. Hopefully it just takes longer for this one to appear but i have sent a query anyway.

  • Hey Mark,

    Yea if it doesn’t show up in a day or so, I’d contact them. I find the best route is to send them an email to “” and lay out your situation, it may take a few days to get sorted but if all the ducks are in a row so to speak, it should be good.

    Even when you’d take the approach of Test before Classroom, you’d need to say, “hey!” and they’d fix it..

    So, good luck and if it doesn’t get resolved in a week, let me know and I can fire up some flares or offer some other suggestions!

  • Mark Smith says:

    Well I just got my VCP DCV certification so it works:-) It looks like it is not added automatically so you do have to contact VMware to get it added.Hopefully they will not change this so others that are already going down this path get their certification’s

    Thanks Christopher :-)

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