My VCA-DCV Exam Experience

After a long day of VMworld activity I didn’t have the energy for any more downtown SF, so I decided to come back to my hotel room for the night and check out the details of the new VMware VCA certifications. After taking a quick look at the blueprint for the VCA-DCV, I signed up for the free 2.5 hour course: VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals. The course goes over basic virtualization concepts and how the vSphere product line fits in. For anyone who has been working with VMware for a while, there will not be much new territory covered in the course.

After completing the course, I headed back to the VMware site to request authorization for the exam, it took about 30 minutes and I got an email stating I could register. The exam is administered by PearsonVUE and the registration process is the same as any other VMware exam. There is a 50% off discount code (VCA501) available right now taking the fee down to $60. The major difference between this exam and the higher level exams is that this one is administered via your browser and does not require a trip to the testing center. The exam is 50 multiple choice questions and has a time limit of 75 minutes. The format is just like that of the VCP, very intuitive.

I finished the exam in about 30 minutes or so and scored a 460/500. As someone who works with VMware products every day, I think I could have done just as well without the course, but it was a nice way to end the day.


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4 Responses to My VCA-DCV Exam Experience

  1. Rema says:

    Congrats for passing the VCA exam.
    You said this exam can be done at home!! not at the testing center?
    Did you get the certificate yet?
    How was the test? is the online course is enough for passing or another resources are required,


  2. Jake Parks says:

    Hi Rema,

    That is correct, you can take the exam online with your browser. In my opinion, the test was very easy – it is very high level and does not dive very deep into the technical details of the products. You are able to print the certificate pretty quick after passing it. The free online class is all you will need to prepare for it.


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  4. VIKAS says:

    Hello Jake,

    I am basically a Linux guy with a some know-how of VMware ESX and some good hands on VMware Workstation (not sure if that matters).

    Apart from videos, can you please some links, tutorials, e.t.c. which could help me in passing this certificate.

    Thanks in advance.


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