While teaching this week, I was asked about starting level certifications in VMware and we discussed the well-known VMware Certified Professional.
However, VMware has also introduced the VMware Certified Technical Associate certification.
The VCTA is for anyone new to the industry or to VMware solutions, whether as a newly graduating student, someone changing careers, or someone already working in the industry and looking for opportunities to advance.
The VCTA is designed for those performing an operator job role.
This is an ideal starting point.
The VCTA is not a prerequisite for the VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification, which is a higher-level certification; experienced candidates can start directly at the VCP level.
However, for anyone wanting to get that first step into the technical credentials and prove their operational skills across VMware solutions, the VCTA is a perfect starting point.
Training is available online through VMware Customer Connect Learning. You can take the VCTA exam at either a Pearson VUE test centre or at home, office or work location using the Pearson OnVue remote proctored solution. When registering for the exam, you will have the option of selecting your preference.
A good place to start would be the VMware Certified Technical Associate – Data Centre Virtualisation 2020 (VCTA-DCV) course.
The VCTA-DCV certification holder has a basic understanding of virtualisation and vSphere concepts, and also demonstrates knowledge of data centre technology and basic troubleshooting concepts. He/she also has a working knowledge of managing cloud resources and basic networking concepts.
Bryan O’Connor is a Principal Learning Specialist and looks after QA's VMware, CompTIA and Cloud Credential Council (CCC) curriculums. He delivers a wide range of courses and holds over 50 CompTIA, Microsoft, VMware and other technical certifications himself.
Bryan has worked in the IT industry since 1986 when he was a hardware engineer on Commodore Pets, then moved into networking, and later specialised in virtualisation and cloud technologies. In 1997 he started working for QA training as a Microsoft and VMware trainer.
Bryan has taught VMware Products since 1997, became a VMware vExpert in 2012 and has worked with VMware in developing their range of vSphere courses. He speaks at various technical events and owns and runs his own VMware blog at www.bryanoconnor21.co.uk.
Starting with DOS, Bryan has worked with Microsoft technologies since 1986 and taught it since 1999. He runs his own YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/bryanqa, which hosts hundreds of Microsoft demo videos.
Bryan has been a member of the Cloud Credential Council (CCC) expert panel since its inception, has co-written white papers and has also been a member of the CCC talks sessions.
Outside of QA, Bryan enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey and their two daughters Meagan and Jessica, unless there’s a Grand Prix on the TV, when he enjoys paying Tracey, Meagan and Jessica to disappear for the day.
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