VMWare VCA

504tech504tech Member Posts: 30 ■■□□□□□□□□
Is the VCA 6 exam worth it?

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  • iBrokeITiBrokeIT GDSA, GRID, GICSP, GCIP, GXPN, GPEN, GWAPT, GCFE, GCIA, GCIH, GSEC, Pen+, CySA+, Sec+, N+, A+, eJPT Member Posts: 1,315 ■■■■■■■■■□
    IMO, no. Get the VCP
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  • quickman007quickman007 Member Posts: 195
    The free course on VMware's site was literally just like "This is what a hypervisor does. This is what vMotion is. This is what [insert feature] is." Wouldn't consider it certification worthy, you can Google most of that in a few minutes.
  • tbgree00tbgree00 Member Posts: 553 ■■■■□□□□□□
    The problem is they charge 120 for an open book test. If you go for the VCP there's a different vSphere foundations test that is also 120. I would look into that one unless your job depends on the VCA. We actually have a role that has the VCA as a cert requirement.
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  • joelsfoodjoelsfood Member Posts: 1,027 ■■■■■■□□□□
    You really have a job asking for VCA? Maybe I should put mine back on my resume. :)
  • cyberguyprcyberguypr Senior Member Mod Posts: 6,927 Mod
    I always have a hard time seeing the value for the VCA. Unless you need it for tbgree00's open position, I just don't see it.

    Having said that, IBM want's a guy with VCA, VCP, VCAP, VCIX, and/or VCDX certification: https://krb-sjobs.brassring.com/tgwebhost/jobdetails.aspx?jobId=37455&PartnerId=26059&SiteId=5016. I would love to talk to whoever wrote this posting.
  • tbgree00tbgree00 Member Posts: 553 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Well if you're a CCIE wanting a Virtualization Engineer II job then go ahead ;)

    Edit: Those positions were filled, just speaking that we had it as a cert requirement.

    My team's posted cert requirements were level 2 - VCA, Level 3 - VCP or VCAP5-DCA, Level 4 VCAP5-DCD.

    So I guess at least one employer in the history of IT has actively looked for a VCA.
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  • upnorth77upnorth77 Member Posts: 23 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I only have it because they were offering it for free for a while.
  • upnorth77upnorth77 Member Posts: 23 ■□□□□□□□□□
    iBrokeIT wrote: »
    IMO, no. Get the VCP
    The problem I had with VCP is VMWare requiring one of their certified courses/bootcamps to pass. Is that still a requirement?
  • joelsfoodjoelsfood Member Posts: 1,027 ■■■■■■□□□□
    tbgree, maybe as a side gig to pad the checkbook, but not as a main job, no. :)
  • iBrokeITiBrokeIT GDSA, GRID, GICSP, GCIP, GXPN, GPEN, GWAPT, GCFE, GCIA, GCIH, GSEC, Pen+, CySA+, Sec+, N+, A+, eJPT Member Posts: 1,315 ■■■■■■■■■□
    upnorth77 wrote: »
    The problem I had with VCP is VMWare requiring one of their certified courses/bootcamps to pass. Is that still a requirement?

    Yes, an approved class is still a requirement which is part of the reason why the VCP is valued so much.
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  • jibbajabbajibbajabba Member Posts: 4,317 ■■■■■■■■□□
    tbgree00 wrote: »
    Well if you're a CCIE wanting a Virtualization Engineer II job then go ahead ;)

    Edit: Those positions were filled, just speaking that we had it as a cert requirement.

    My team's posted cert requirements were level 2 - VCA, Level 3 - VCP or VCAP5-DCA, Level 4 VCAP5-DCD.

    So I guess at least one employer in the history of IT has actively looked for a VCA.

    I get Level 2 / 3 ... Although could argue that Level 1 / Helpdesk is good for VCA - But Level 4 for DCD ? Don't see how a design certification can help in a support environment.
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  • tbgree00tbgree00 Member Posts: 553 ■■■■□□□□□□
    The job levels map really weird here. Level four is our VMware Architect. He creates/approves all the designs and the direction of our VMware environment. He plans out the upgrades, new product POCs, etc. They're using that to justify the DCD and I don't exactly disagree. It's also a way to quantify the person *should* know VMware at that VCAP level.
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