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In a similar way as defined for the VCP-Cloud certification path, VMware has defined some cross-path for the the different VCP certifications to remove (if you are already a VCP on another path) the course requirements!

Those are the different options:

  • VCP-Cloud: you have two different exams: VCP-IaaS (if you already are a VCP-DCV, no course is mandatory) or VCP-Cloud (if you start from scratch, but in this case there is a mandatory course).
    Note also that if you are a VCP-DCV, VCAP-DCA or VCAP-DCD, you can obtain the VCP-Cloud certification by passing the VCAP-CIA or VCAP-CID exam.
  • VCP-DT: as written in this post, now there are two different path: VCP-View exam (if you already are a VCP-DCV or VCP-Cloud, no course is mandatory) or VCP-Desktop exam (if you start from scratch, but in this case there is a mandatory course).
    Also in this case, if you are a VCP-DCV, you can obtain the VCP-DT certification by passing the VCAP-DTD exam.
  • VCP-DCV: in this case the exam remain always the VCP-DCV, but if you are a VCP-DT or VCP-Cloud you could only take the exam without any mandatory course!

See also: VMware Certification program updates and VMware Certification program updates (part 2).


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.