In 2014 VMware announced a new recertification policy for (VCP). If you are a VCP, you will need to recertify to maintain your VCP certification. In my opinion this is great as it ensures skills are current through longer product release cycles.
All VCP level qualifications will now expire as follows;
- Certifications achieved before March 10, 2013 – must be recertified by March 10, 2015.
- Certification achieved after March 10, 2013 – must be recertified within two years of that last VCP exam date.
So your options to recertify are;
- Take the current exam for your existing VCP certification solution track. e.g VCP3 take latest VCP5-DCV exam.
- Earn a new VCP certification in a different solution track. e.g VCP5-DCV take VCP6-Cloud.
- Advance to the next level by earning a VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) certification. e.g VCP5-DCV take VCAP5-DCA exam.
- Renew your current VCP5 DCV by completing a limited-time, streamlined delta exam. (Only available until 10 March 2015)
- Based on new material between the vSphere 5.0/5.1 and vSphere 5.5 exams – you save hours of prep time.
- Available online – you can take it from any location.
- Far less expensive – you save money.
- Free 1-hr course available
As you can see the best option before March 2015 is to take the delta exam. Be aware that if you let your certification expire you have to meet the course requirement again before you can do your exam.
For information on the recertification policy click here