VMware adds desktop certification to its lineup – VCA4-DT, VCP4-DT and VCAP-DT
With each year that passes Virtual Desktops or VDI continues to become a priority to more companies. For the last several years different consultants and media people are quick to declare this as the year of VDI. This has kind of become a joke among the admin community. There is no doubt that VDI is here and companies are deploying it.
Since the release of View 4.0 VMware seems to be showing that they are very serious about achieving the same level of dominance in the VDI market that they share in server virtualization. VMware quickly followed up with View 4.5 that brought many needed features to level the feature set with Citrix’s offerings.
To continue proof that they are committed to this Desktop race VMware has announce a Certification track for the Desktop. The new program is called the VMware Certified – Desktop program and is made up of three certification levels. This new approach adds a new lower level certification that was not available with vSphere certifications.
VMware Desktop Certifications
- VMware Certified Associate 4 – Desktop (VCA4-DT): is directed toward Virtualization System Administrators who seek to demonstrate their ability to manage, monitor and troubleshoot desktop deployments and VMware View 4.5 components, as well as their knowledge of adjacent, complementary technologies to VMware solutions.
- Coming soon! VMware Certified Professional 4 – Desktop (VCP4-DT) is directed toward Virtualization Systems Engineers who seek to demonstrate their ability to install and configure the VMware View environment and enable View Client users. Candidates must also be able to configure the vSphere environment, possess a deep understanding of VMware core components and their relation to storage and networking and be proficient in datacenter design methodologies.
- Coming soon! VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop (VCAP-DT): is directed toward Virtualization Architects who seek to demonstrate their deep knowledge of VMware vSphere and VMware View design. Candidates will be able to expertly manage all aspects of the vSphere and View environments from installation and configuration to maintenance and troubleshooting. Candidates will also possess a deep knowledge of virtualization architectures and components and be able to architect VMware desktop solutions to meet specific customer business requirements.
Also as a first there will be no VMware course requirement to earn the VCA4-DT certification. Typically in the past the first level certifications have always required a VMware course. With more advanced levels leaving VMware courses as optional, figuring that most people able to acquire them would already possess the necessary skills. You can see from the image that VMware is recommending a list of courses that would help candidates achieve the knowledge needed to take the first level exam.
I have to say that this has been a long time coming and I’m pretty glad to see that they have finally arrived. With the demand for VDI growing companies are looking for ways to see employee’s prove they have the skills necessary to successfully implement VDI. Also vendors are sure to welcome these certifications as a way to bolster their VDI sales pitches and prove they are worthy of your business.
About Brian Suhr
Brian is a VCDX5-DCV and a Sr. Tech Marketing Engineer at Nutanix and owner of this website. He is active in the VMware community and helps lead the Chicago VMUG group. Specializing in VDI and Cloud project designs. Awarded VMware vExpert status 6 years for 2016 - 2011. VCP3, VCP5, VCP5-Iaas, VCP-Cloud, VCAP-DTD, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, VCA-DT, VCP5-DT, Cisco UCS Design