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Oct 04

VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualization (VCA-DCV)

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…

VCADVPass

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.

About the author

vHersey

Hersey Cartwright is an IT professional with extensive experience designing, implementing, managing, and supporting technologies that improve business processes. Hersey is Solutions Architect for SimpliVity covering Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. He holds the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX-DV #128) certification. Hersey actively participates in the VMware community and was awarded the VMware vExpert title in 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, and 2012. He enjoys working with, teaching, and writing about virtualization and other data center technologies. Follow Hersey on Twitter @herseyc

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  1. Steve Lavoie

    Did VCA-DCV and VCA-WM, this morning without looking at the video. I did great and I have no merit. I think VMware make them so easy that by itself they have no value, even for a rookie. I was more expecting something like A+ level question, with basic tech related question like configuration maximum, not just VSP level product and feature knowledge. Even the new VTSP is more technical.

    If it was not free, I would have feel robbed.

    I will probably do VCA-Cloud just to satisfy the cert junky in me!

  2. slito

    Thank you very much 480/500 still valid and I used slito voucher for 100% free
    Please here is vouchers for students, so you can take the VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam for no cost yes for free 🙂
    When you sign-up for the exam online in Personview you should be able to enter this voucher and it will FREE the exam price:

    VMware Certified Associate (VCA) exam voucher Number:
    VMRT7B819936
    Exams available for discount using the above voucher number are:
    • VMware Certified Associate – Cloud (exam code: VCAC510)
    • VMware Certified Associate – Data Center Virtualisation (exam code: VCAD510)
    • VMware Certified Associate – Workforce Mobility (exam code: VCAW510)
    You can used and give it to any one you want valid in all EMEA country.

  3. Thamizh

    Hi ,

    I have passed the Exam. Its easy exam. But its not free i got it for 50% Discount. But Some peoples are telling that This Certification is waste like that ?

    I get confused some time.

    Can any one please explain about this values ?

    Thanks

    1. vHersey

      Thamizh,

      Agree the exam was fairly easy, especially if you have been working with VMware technologies.

      The value that I saw in it was more for my students of the TCC VMware Academy Program. Many of these students do regularly work with VMware but some do not. The value I saw for the students was that the format of the exam is very similar to the VCP exam. If someone is not familiar with sitting industry exams then these exams offer a good experience without a great deal of expense or having to schedule time at a test center.

      As far as the value in the industry, I am not sure there. Only time will tell.

      Thanks for stopping by and for the comment.

      Hersey

  4. Vinay

    Hi Mates, I passed the exam VCA-DCV . where should i download the logo ? Please advise me when should i get certificate . Thanks

    1. vHersey

      The logo and certificate should be available to you on your VMware MyLearn transcript. May take a few days after you pass the exam for it to show up.

      Hersey

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