vmware vcp certification trainingVCP Certification demonstrates skills and expertise in datacenter virtualization.

A VMware Certified Professional (VCP) has the knowledge and technical skills to install, configure, administer, and support datacenter virtualization in VMware's vSphere environment. VCP certification candidates are typically infrastructure personnel with 6+ months of experience working with a vSphere implementation.

VMware is the undisputed market leader in corporate virtualization solutions, so getting VCP certified is a distinctive step toward a lucrative career in the red-hot data center virtualization field. Technical schools offer virtualization courses and specialized degree programs that include VCP certification exam prep and/or align with VMware Certified Professional curriculum. Compare matching VMware training programs in the U.S. and online below.

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Skills Measured by VMware Certified Professional Exam

Here are some of the key skills covered in the VCP certification exam. VMware Certified Professionals can...

  • install, configure, upgrade & secure vCenter Server and VMware ESXi.
  • properly identify vSphere Architecture and Solutions.
  • configure vNetwork Standard and Distributed Switches.
  • identify and configure VLAN settings, vSS and vDS Policies.
  • plan and deploy Shared Storage and the Storage Virtual Appliance (SVA) for vSphere.
  • create, deploy and manage Virtual Machines, VM Clones, Templates and vApps.
  • migrate VMs, and backup/restore Virtual Machines using VMware Data Recovery.
  • perform basic troubleshooting for the vSphere Network, Storage and ESXi Hosts.
  • monitor a vSphere implementation and administer vCenter Server Alarms.

VMware Certified Professional Exam

  • VCP: VMware Certified Professional

VCP5 Test Format: Computer based, multiple choice
VCP5 Time Limit: 90 minutes
VCP5 Exam Length: 85 questions
VCP5 Exam Cost: $225 USD
VCP5 Passing Score: 300 out of 500

VMware Certified Professional Prerequisites

  • Required: VCP5 candidates must attend one of two VMware authorized training courses: VMware vSphere: Fast Track v5.0 or VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage v5.0
  • Recommended: 6 months experience working with a VMware vSphere implementation, or equivalent hands-on education

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VMware Certified Professional Salary

The average salary for VMware certified professionals is $88,000 per year.

VMware Certified Professional Salary $88,000


Average salaries for VMware Datacenter certified professionals:

  • VCP: VMware Certified Professional: $88,000
  • VCAP: VMware Certified Advanced Professional: $103,000
  • VCDX: VMware Certified Design Expert: $156,000

Average salaries for VMware Desktop certified professionals:

  • VCA-DT: VMware Certified Associate: $81,000
  • VCP-DT: VMware Certified Professional: $98,000
  • VCAP-DT: VMware Certified Advanced Professional: $115,000

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VMware Job Openings

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