Thoughts on VMware’s VCP Recertification Policy

VMware recently announced that the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) Certification will have a recertification requirement effective March 10, 2014.  It will be interesting to see how the vCommunity reacts to the news.  My vBrownBag Colleague, Jonathan Frappier, started a great discussion on his blog regarding the announcement, and I thought that I’d post a few thoughts of my own.

At first, I was a bit confused as to how this move is great for current and aspiring VMware professionals.  Then, I looked back on my own progression through the VMware Certifications and identified some potential benefits.

When a new version of the VCP is announced, the upgrade time window before a course is required can be challenging for busy professionals to meet. The new policy allows VCP holders to move up to the next level, without a course requirement, within the 2-year certification expiration window.  This allows more time to prepare instead of rushing to upgrade.

Another effect of the policy change is that more VCP-holders may be inspired to step up to the advanced level of certifications (VCAP).  The VCAP exams can satisfy the VCP recertification requirement, and you receive the benefit of having an Advanced Certification.  Some of us may be ready for the advanced exams, and we just need that extra motivation to strive for the next level of our certification progression.  For now, VCAP certifications do not require a re-certification.

What are your thoughts on the new Recertification Policy?  Post them below.

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