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VCP6.5-DCV: VMware Certified Professional 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization

Best Virtualization Certifications 2018
By , Mary Kyle

As a company whose virtual machines, hypervisors and related technologies dominate the virtualization market, it should come as no surprise that VMware also has a multi-tiered, robust certification program.

VMware currently offers several well-recognized and highly sought-after credentials. You'll find Associate, Professional, Advanced Professional (Deploy and Design tracks) and Design Expert levels, as well as several "badges." The VMware certification program includes four solution tracks: Data Center Virtualization, Cloud Management and Automation, Network Virtualization, and Desktop and Mobility.

Note: VMware certifications are geared toward the VMware vSphere product, the latest incarnation of which is Version 6.5. As of the writing of this article, VMware is still rolling out Version 6.5 exams. Currently, Version 6.5 exams are offered for the Professional and Advanced Professional (Design only) levels. We anticipate that Version 6.5 exams and credentials at the Associate, Advanced Professional Deploy and Expert levels will follow soon. A retirement date for Version 6 exams has not yet been announced.

VMware credentials form a certification ladder, in that more senior-level credentials generally require candidates to earn a lower-level credential as a prerequisite. For example, the VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) requires one or more VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certifications, the VMware Certified Implementation Expert (VCIX) badge requires two VCAP certifications, and the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certification requires a VCIX certification.

Per VMware, the VCP6 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6-DCV) was the company's most popular certification, boasting "more than 100,000 professionals certified around the world." It's not only likely, but highly probable, that the VCP6.5-DCV credential will follow in the auspicious steps of its predecessor. Because of its status within the VMware certification program, and because it's a steppingstone to more senior VMware certifications, the VCP6.5-DCV is our focus.

VCP6.5-DCV Facts & Figures

Certification Name
VMware Certified Professional 6.5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP6.5-DCV)
Prerequisite & Required Courses
Non-VCP credentials holders:
  • Six months' experience with vSphere 6.5
  • Completion of a required training course (candidates choose from the then current approved list)
  • Pass the vSphere 6 or 6.5 Foundations Exam plus
  • Pass the VCP6.5-DCV exam
There is a variety of other requirements depending on whether you have existing training, valid VMWare certifications or expired certifications.
Course prices range from $4,125 to more than $7,000 depending on the selected course.
Number of Exams
Two exams (non-VCP credentials holders):
  • vSphere 6 Foundations Exam 2V0-620 (65 questions, 90 minutes, passing score 300)
  • vSphere 6.5 Foundations Exam 2V0-602 (70 questions, 105 minutes, passing score 300)
  • VMware Certified Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Exam 2V0-622 (70 questions, 105 minutes, passing score 300)
Cost per Exam
$125 for the Foundations exam
$250 for each Professional-level exam 
(Prices vary by geography; check the website for pricing in your area)
Exams administered by Pearson VUE.
Self-Study Materials
The How to Prepare tab and the Additional Resources tab on the VCP6.5-DCV Foundations and VCP6.5-DCV exam webpages include links to training courses, a practice exam, the VCP community, VMware Learning Zone and VMware Press. VMware makes numerous additional resources available including blogs, podcasts, labs, videos, on-demand training and other self-study options.

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