Whilst doing the rounds in the VMworld Solutions Exchange, I got into a conversation about VMware certifications on VMware’s stand. I was there for quite a while and learned a lot about how VMware choose questions and tasks for their exams. It’s quite an involved process and one designed to ensure that a certain percentage of people sitting the exams are capable of answering each question.

Each question must be carefully considered and researched by a small panel of people before it is submitted in to a pool from which the exams are built. In the case of the VCAP-DCA exam, extra effort is required to automate the creation of a suitable testing environment / conditions for the task and, where possible, a mechanism for automatically marking those tasks is required.

So, all things considered, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that exam development and release can take some time. Indeed, when I pressed for a VCAP5-DCA exam release date I wasn’t given a direct answer. It will take as long as it takes to get it right. There was, however, a strong feeling that it should be possible to sit the exam (or at least book it) before the year is out.

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  1. bogd Reply

    There was, however, a strong feeling that it should be possible to sit the exam (or at least book it) before the year is out.

    I certainly hope so! Right now, I have passed my VCP5 exam, and I have no way of moving forward – the VCAP5 exams are not out yet, and the VCAP4 exams require VCP4 (VCP5 is not a valid prerequisite).

    Also, I cannot take the VCP4 exam and move on from there – the vSphere 5 ICM course is not a valid prerequisite for that exam.

    So… I have to keep waiting for the new exams 🙂

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