by Bryan O'Connor

VMware certifications are a great way to validate hard-earned skills. Not only do they help demonstrate knowledge, they also provide opportunities for career advancement.

There are different levels of VMware certifications: Associate, Professional, Advanced Professional and Expert. There’s no mandatory requirement to recertify after a certain time period, although it’s good to upgrade your skills to the later version to keep yourself up to date with technology changes and maintain a competitive edge.

vSphere 7 was released in March 2020 and features a lot of updates. As a VMware Certified Instructor, I have been using VMware vSphere 7 for a while now and I also teach the VMware vSphere 7 courses.

Alongside the new courses and updates, VMware has now released the Professional VMware vSphere 7.x exam (2V0-21.20). Completing this exam leads to the VMware Certified Professional – Data Centre Virtualisation 2020 certification (VCP-DCV 2020).

It's a 70-item exam with a passing score of 300 using a scaled method. Candidates are allotted an exam time of 130 minutes, which includes adequate time to complete the exam. The exam is delivered through Pearson VUE and can also be taken online (proctored).

Once you have passed the exam, you’re able to use the VMware digital badge – great for adding to LinkedIn to promote your skills.

It is a VMware requirement that you need to attend a course before sitting the exam. Attending QA's  VMware vSphere 6.7: Install, Configure, Manage course will help you to prepare for this exam. This is available in one of our training centres or via virtual classroom – which offers all the benefits of classroom training from home. The exam can then be booked via an exam voucher (please contact us for more information) or online.

If you’d like further information, please visit: QA.COM/VMWARE

Download the VMware Exam Preparation Guide PDF here.

Good luck with your studies and passing the exam!

Bryan O’Connor, Principal Technical Learning Specialist