This is an open letter of sorts to VMware Certification regarding their technical certification tracks.
Unlike other technology companies with robust certification programs, VMware does not offer a capstone technical certification in any of its certification tracks, Datacenter Virtualization, Cloud, or Desktop. As of this posting, both Datacenter Virtualization and Cloud both have capstone design certifications, VMware Certified Design Expert – Datacenter Virtualization (VCDX-DCV) and VMware Certified Design Expert- Cloud (VCDX-Cloud), as well as each having a mid-level technical certification, VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Datacenter Administration (VCAP-DCA) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Cloud Infrastructure Administration (VCAP-CIA). If we take a look at how this maps to Cisco certifications (or at least how I see it, it doesn’t align perfectly with the language from VMware), you’ll see why it seems like there’s something missing.
|Level of Expertise||Cisco||VMware|
|Associate – Mid-level||CCNA||VCP|
|Professional – Advanced-level||CCNP||VCAP|
In my opinion (though it is not just mine – I’ve also heard this from other people in the community), we need an expert-level, capstone certification akin to the Cisco CCIE for those who wish to demonstrate they have technical skills above and beyond that of a mid or even advanced-level vSphere administrator. Be reminded that the VCDX is not primarily a technical certification – it is a design-centric certification. Certainly, you have to have very solid technical chops to achieve the VCDX, and I don’t wish to take anything away from current or future VCDXs – I hope to be one myself one day. The fact remains, an expert-level technical certification would be a great alternative to VCDX to those who demonstrate technical expertise outside of the VCDX process.
Please feel free to comment below! I certainly welcome comments, either positive or negative.