Today, January 22, VMware released a new exam to qualify candidates for the VMware Certified Professional 5 - Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) certification. This exam - called VCP550 - is based on the recently released vSphere 5.5 platform and will temporarily coexist with the previous exam edition - named VCP510 - a version-agnostic test based on both vSphere 5.0 and vSphere 5.1.
Successfully passing either of the above exams, together with the required completion of any of the eligible official VMware courses, will make you earn the VCP5-DCV certification. Hence, if you already own the VCP5-DCV certification, there's no need to take VCP550 exam.
Besides newly incorporated content from the vSphere 5.5 platform, some other changes have been introduced:
- Exam VCP550 is now made of 135 questions (50 more than before) - this way aligning with other VCP certification exams like VCP-Cloud and VCP5-DT - plus the usual short pre-exam survey consisting of 8 questions.
- Allotted time has also been increased to 120 minutes (so 30 minutes more than previous exam) with an additional 15 minutes to complete the survey questions and agreements.
As usual, candidates taking the exam in a country where English is not the primary language will be automatically granted an extra 30 minutes to the exam time.
Further details about the certification exams, links to download the Exam Blueprints and request exam authorization can be found in a VMware Certification blog post, together with the list of the approved VMware official courses entitling you to take the certification exam.