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With the announce of vSphere 6.0 there are of course a new bunch of certifications, changed not only in the version, but also in some other details. I’ve wrote about the new VMware certifications some weeks ago, and also on the upgrade rules from vSphere 5 based certifications.

But finally, with the announce of the VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization, now available in beta (so this is the first VMware public beta for an exam?) a new column is going to populating the new certification roadmap.

Version 6 Certification Roadmap

Certification Level
Software-Defined Data Center
Data Center Virtualization
Cloud Management & Automation
Network Virtualization
Desktop & Mobility
Solution Design Architecture
VMware Certified Design Expert
VMware Certified Implementation Expert
VMware Certified Professional
Business IT
VMware Certified Associate

Actually the only path that is well defined is the one related to Network Virtualization and NSX with all the certifications and the exams already available.

VCP6-Cloud and VCP6-Desktop also exist, but, as you can see, they will have different named in the new certification roadmap. Anyway you don’t waste your time by taking those exam, because (see the upgrade rules) if you hold those v6 certifications you will be automatically migrated to the new equivalent new VCP6 certification:

  • VCP6-Cloud = VCP6-Cloud Management and Automation
  • VCP6-Desktop = VCP6-Desktop and Mobility

VCP-DCVAbout the new VCP6-DCV actually there are different exams:

Note that ALL exams now require a pre-authorization, but this was true also for latest exams. Not all exams are already available: to be honest, the only that work for the pre-authorization is the delta beta exam, but after that you cannot (yet) schedule any date.

It’s curios that the beta exams seems now public (and was also recently confirmed by this official post), but I think that is a good thing… one of the critique of VMware beta exams was the “selection” process that was not clear at all.


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.