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VMware Certifications – What you should know

VMware software drives a lot of companies’ cloud computing and virtualization initiatives. Suppose you want to work with tech stacks and back-end infrastructure, VMware certifications.  There’s good news for technologists at every stage of their career: VMware certification tracks range from entry-level certifications to the most experienced professionals tasked with architecting massive systems.

Let’s dive into VMware’s certification details to find out which VMware certifications are the most popular, what they cost, the benefits they bring, and why they don’t expire.

How many VMware certifications are there?

There are 21 formal certifications, plus digital badges. As the VMware business evolves, the certifications will inevitably evolve to mirror developing skills. Likewise, with the modernizing of our apps, VMware certifications will follow suit in a fluid process.

What VMware certifications are the most in-demand?

Regarding the volume of certifications, it is still the VSphere and virtual core certifications, the VMware Certified Professional Data Center Virtualization certification. VMware also sees a lot of growth in network, security, and cloud certifications.  For these later certifications, the volume isn’t as large. However, the ramp-up is much quicker.  There is also a change in job roles in organizations: As they become less siloed, they start to manage some cloud aspects, troubleshooting networking and security. This area has seen the most growth.  As roles and responsibilities grow, so do the required certifications.

Is obtaining VMware certifications easy or hard?

That’s kind of relative, right? A lot of our certifications definitely require real-world experience.  It is very much recommended, and in some cases, required that you have the hands-on knowledge to have the required skills.  The insistence on hands-on knowledge and certification training courses are ways of making sure that candidates really understand the areas in which they’ll be questioned.  VMware puts rigor behind the certification process so that you really do have that minimal set of competencies. If they lower the bar too much, the certification will not hold value. It really does come down to the individual, how much they prepare, and how much experience they have.

What are the benefits of obtaining these certifications?

It’s not a guarantee, but it does help with promotions and getting jobs. But beyond that, in general, with IT certifications, you find that people are finding the biggest benefits to be intangible.  In other words, certification training helps put candidates in the mindset of solving problems. Resolving issues and creating new challenges is a joy that goes beyond a salary increase. Going through the process of obtaining the certification enables you to do more, and companies have found that value from their certified employees. Of course, the added salary leverage that can come with certifications doesn’t hurt, either.  But beyond tangible benefits like promotions and salary bumps, these certifications also enhance professional credibility and job productivity; it really does increase their effectiveness and their attractiveness within the industry.”

How much does it cost to get a VMware certification?

There are four levels of certifications, and the cost ranges with each level. For example, introductory certifications consist of an online exam that costs $125; the second level of certifications requires two exams which cost $250 each; while the third level consists of a single exam priced at $450. Then there is the Elite level; only 300 people in the world have it, that’s $4,000.  So, the costs vary, but they increase as you move up the stack.

Do these certifications expire?

Put: No. That’s been a recent change in the program—the certifications do not expire.   VMware leaves that up to the individual to decide when to re-certify. It’s important to recertify, but instead of telling the candidates when to do it, you decide—but the longer you wait, the bigger the delta is, which means you will have a lot more to do than if you update in a year or two.

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