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During the Partner Exchange (PEX) of last year, VMware has announced a certifications path for the Enterprise Desktop Virtualization area (for more detail see this page). At the event of this year other there was some update on this path.

After his beta period, the VCP5-DT exam is now available, as also described in the official page. To become a VCP5-DT you have to:

  1. Be a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 5 (VCP5)
  2. Pass the VCP5-DT exam

No requirement for a VCA certification, as was also modified in the VCP4-DT. No advantages for who is already a VCP4-DT: no discount and simplified path.

The VCP5 is quite strange, because View 5 can run also on vSphere 4.x, so IMHO a simple VCP4 or VCP5 could be a better requirement.

But there are also some good changes: the price is finally the same as a usual VCP exam (when I took the VCP4-DT it was more expensive) and, most important, same testing center of VCP (and not of VCAP).

And what’s happen with other DT certifications? There will exist a VCA5-DT? Sound strange there is no rumors about it, but also for VCAP5 the DCD beta was released before the DCA.

But more important… where is the VCAP-DT certification announced one year ago? Still no news about it… at this point seem sure that there will not exist a VCAP4-DT… let’s see if at least the VCAP5-DT will born before View 6.


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.