Tonight I passed the VCA6-NV exam taking my total on the VCA quest to 6. As I suspected seeing that the study element for this exam is the same VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals as the VCA-NV, the exams were quite similar. In fact there were quite a few questions in the exam that were the same but then I suspect they were all taken from the same pool of questions. Again I must thank Dean and his excellent revision notes on his blog (Here) See my previous post about the VCA-NV (Here)
So next up will probably be the Desktop and Mobility (VCA6-DTM) but that will have to wait till I come back from VMworld as I’m now focusing on passing my VCP5-DCV whilst I’m there and that’s only 2 ½ weeks away now.
Following on my VCA quest I can report that I have passed VCA number 5 VCA-NV. This is basically all about VMware NSX. I know the exam and certification is being retired soon (November the 30th) but this is the last of the Version 5 VCA’s to complete my set of 4.
As per the previous VCA’s I ran through VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals which although is supposed to take 3 hours I spent a great deal more time taking notes. I must say I have found this the hardest to date but maybe that’s because of the lack of networking skills on my CV. I set about some pre exam revision using my notes and the excellent resource I found online (Here) from Dean L @saintdle so many thanks Dean. I was able to pass the exam with a score of 360 (The pass mark is 300) which I was very happy about.
I’m going to move on and take the Version 6 exam (VCA6-NV) in the next few days as the study element is the same CBT course VMware Network Virtualization Fundamentals.
I’ve noticed that VM have recently announced a number of new retirements (Here) for exams including the VCA certifications that I hold, However apparently VCA certifications are not subject to recertification. I hate the thought of being out date so I am spurned on to update a few of them. There are now a total of 9 VCA certifications 4 for VMware 5 and 5 for Vmware 6. See the VMware site and roadmaps for more info (Here)
So first of all what is the VCA well it’s kind of an entry level qualification for VMware, you simply run through a self-paced CBT that you can return to as often as you want and pick up again or go over a section again, then pass an online exam from Pearson sitting at home rather than going to the test centre. There are different schools of thought as to how valuable a VCA really is however I like the fact it’s an entry level qualification that gives you a stepping stone towards the next, typically a VCP.
The cost of the VCA exams in the UK is £70 +vat so that’s £84, however if you’re a VMUG member that drops by 20% to £56.00 +Vat so £67.20 So don’t forget if that discount is available to you. Which I think is quite reasonable for a qualification to boost anyone’s CV.
I have also been noticing a number of posts on the VCA community’s web site from people saying that they had failed the VCA6-DCV and that they felt there was something wrong with the exam (Here) so I thought I would take a look at the new training material and the Exam.To see more info on the VCA6-DCV see the VMware certification web site (Here)
I must say that the new Data Centre Virtualization Fundamentals [V6] self-paced course was very good, compared to the original VCA Fundamentals courses. It appeared to flow quite well (given the I assume computer generated voices) Its estimated to take 3 hours but I’m a serial note taker, which forms my revision for exams so it probably took me just over 4 x 1 hour stints to get through it. I decided to go straight for the exam the next day and after reading my notes, signed up paid my money and sat the exam. I must say I found it very straight forward and combined with my revision notes and experience I passed it with a score of 380 (The pass mark is 300)
So that gives me VCA number 4 so I think I will try another soon as there are still 5 more to pass. I wonder if anyone else has all 9? Please let me know if you do!