VMware Education Revive VCAP Certification in 6

With the release of vSphere 6, there were some changes to the certification as posted earlier.
VMware announced the retirement of VCAP for vSphere Design and Administration and replaced it with VCIX which requires equivalent of both VCAP category exam with half the exam time.

As announced recently, VMware Education has listen to feedbacks and instead of retiring VCAP certification all together it will still have it valid however VCIX will only been granted to individual with double VCAP for each track in Design and Administration except for VCIX-NV which will be the only direct VCIX certification with no option of VCAP.

With this announcement, individual can now still be recognize in passing one of the category in each track and granted VCAP or VCIX for earning a double VCAP in any track.

The upgrade path for existing VCAP does not change as announced earlier.  To achieve VCIX, existing VCAP with either category need just pass the other category in version 6.


Update 14th Dec 2015
Some asked if this is an auto upgrade for existing VCAP5?  Answer is no.  You still have to take the respective VCAP6 of you category to be upgrade to VCAP6.  Some examples on vSphere below:

VCAP5-DCD + VCAP6 Design =  VCAP6-DCD
VCAP5-DCD + VCAP6 Administration =  VCIX6-DCV
VCAP5-DCA + VCAP6 Administration =  VCAP6-DCA
VCAP5-DCA + VCAP6 Design =  VCIX6-DCV

The same applies unless otherwise stated, passing your VCAP automatically upgrade your VCP if it has not expired.  If your VCP has expired, you can upgrade only the VCAP track you have but your VCP will not be upgraded.  Thus if you want to take other VCP track, you will need to certify your VCP all again with course and exam.

The next question I am wondering is the VCAP6 are the exam time also 2 hours instead of 4 this time round?  Will check that out.


Update 6th Jan 2016
On a quick check, the Design exam will remain at 2 hours while the administration will be at 3 hours. However this is still at beta stage and can change after it GA.

Update 8th Jun 2016
Update on expired VCP while upgrading VCAP.
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