Several students of the VMware IT Academy Program at TCC have asked me about the new VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualization (VCA-DV) certification. I really did not have much information about the exam other than it was a new (or re-introduced?) entry level VMware Certification exam with no training requirement. I saw tweet about a free VCA-DCV exam voucher and I had a little downtime so I decided to give it a shot to see what it’s about so I would be able to answer questions from my students about it.
I followed the same advice I give students of the VITA program that are preparing for the VCP exam and downloaded the VCA-DCV Exam Blueprint. I gave the blueprint a quick once over but other than that I did not do anything else to prepare for the exam.
I submitted the Exam Registration request to VMware and received authorization about 20 minutes later. Went to PearsonVue.com/VMware and registered for the exam. The regular exam cost is $120. There was already a 50% discount applied for early exam takers and the voucher code found here covered the rest. Once registered you can take the exam immediately. You do not have to go to a test center to sit the exam.
The exam consisted of 50 multiple choice questions and as with other VMware exams is graded on a scale from 100-500. A score of 300 is required to pass and you have 90 minutes to complete the exam. I did not spend a lot of time on each questions nor did I mark any questions for review. It took me a little less than 20 minutes to complete the exam. The end result…
As far as the exam content goes I would compare the exam to the VMware Sales Professional (VSP) tests that are available to VMware partners. High-level product/feature knowledge, nothing too technical. There is a free training course, VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals, that aligns with the exam.
After I took the exam I registered for the free course and browsed through its content. Definitely some good information for someone that is new to virtualization and VMware products. If you are already familiar with VMware products, the course could be a good refresher. If you work with VMware on a daily basis, well… it is an entry level course. With that said, even though I work with VMware products every day, I may have gotten a higher score if I had at least browsed through the course before taking the exam 🙂
For my students (an anyone else out there) if you are not familiar with taking certification exams this could be a good primer for the VCP. The exam format is very similar to that of the VCP exam.