VCDX Certification – Some Details Revealed

Tina from VMware Certification contacted me today to schedule my VCDX Enterprise Administration Exam, boy was I excited.  I found out some interesting facts of the VCDX process and wanted to share them with you.

As you all know, the VCDX Certification is a three step process, first off your required to be a VCP in 3.x+ then you need to take the qualification questionnaire which is reviewed by the VMware Certification department. Upon approval they will contact you to schedule the first step;

Step 1
VCDX Enterprise Virtualization Exam
Cost: $400
Scheduled with VMware Certification at a Pearson facility
Download Study Guide
75 Multiple Choice Questions
11 Lab Based Scenario Questions
86 Total Questions
Tina wouldn’t go into detail on how the point system works, she simply said the structure is 100-500 points and you are required to get a minimum of 300 points to pass.  If you fail, you must wait 10 days before you can pay your $400 and take it again….10 days may not seem like a lot since you need to wait 7-10 days for your score results anyways.

Step 2
VCDX Enterprise Design Exam
Cost: $400
Download Study Guide

Scheduled with VMware Certification at a Pearson facility
We didn’t get into too much detail on this step, Tina said upon your successful passing of the Virtualization Exam they would schedule you to take the Design Exam at the Pearson facility….for another $400 fee

Step 3
VCDX Design Defense
Cost: Not Set
Final Scheduling and Details are not finished yet
Tina didn’t have too much detail for this yet, it sounds like they do not know how this is going to work. Basically you’ll need to design and defend your design against a panel of experts — this may need to happen at their Palo Alto headquarters.

Well, wish me luck people.  I’m scheduled for Step 1 on Tuesday, February 3rd.  I could’ve taken it this Monday but I wanted to give myself a couple weeks to prepare.  To help me prepare I am using this study guide.

Created on January 14, 2009 by Rick Scherer

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6 Comments so far

  1. Keith
    3:56 pm on January 14th, 2009

    I’m all for practical exam scenarios; but this seems like a steep price to pay for another certification above and beyond for folks who already hold VCP2/VCP3; not to mention the cost of sitting the class just to attain the previous certs.

  2. Rick Scherer
    4:05 pm on January 14th, 2009

    Well, I can understand what VMware is trying to do with making the class a pre-req for the VCP exam – it removes the possibility of it becoming another “MCSE” type certification.

    VMware VCDX will be like the CCIE to Cisco – not too many and very prestigious.

    Perhaps they will release an entry level certification that does not require a class in 2009?

  3. Keith
    5:01 pm on January 14th, 2009

    agree; that’s why i’m for practicum style exams like CCIE, RHCE, etc…but still seems like another cash infusion method

  4. Rick Scherer
    5:22 pm on January 14th, 2009

    The vendors need to make their money back on the exams, they put a lot of money out to design the coursework and set up the connections with Pearson, etc.

    But I still understand where your coming from.

  5. Shawn
    10:02 am on January 15th, 2009

    That study guide looks pretty good.
    Does the author have his own blog/website?

  6. Rick Scherer
    1:20 pm on January 16th, 2009

    He does, and it would be


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