Good Reasons to Get VCP5-DCV Certified

study91838629The main benefit of earning VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV) certification is to distinguish yourself from others in the virtualization community. It’s also a great way to validate your technical capabilities as you look to advance your career. Interestingly, some companies prefer that their employees gain VCP5-DCV certification as a means to validate the technical capabilities of the company or a specific team. In fact, many of VMware’s partners maintain a team of VCP5-DCV professionals.

A major benefit of VCP5-DCV certification is the salary potential. Global Knowledge and “Windows IT Pro” recently published the “2014 IT Skills & Salary Report” (PDF) that indicates the mean salary for IT professionals who are VCP5-DCV certified is $94,515.

The official VCP5-DCV benefits posted on are:

  • Recognition of your technical knowledge and skills
  • Official transcripts
  • Use of VCP5-DCV logo
  • Access to the exclusive VCP portal and logo merchandise store
  • Invitation to beta exams and classes
  • Discounts from VMware Press
  • Discounted admission to VMware events
  • Complimentary VMware Workstation license
  • Greater opportunities for career advancement

Additionally, VCP5-DCV can be used to meet the requirement for obtaining some advanced certifications, such as:

  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Administration (VCAP5-DCA)
  • VMware Certified Advanced Professional 5 – Data Center Design (VCAP5-DCD)
  • VMware Certified Design Expert 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCDX5-DCV)

VCP5-DCV is no longer required before obtaining the VCP – Desktop (VCP-DT) or VMware Certified Professional – Cloud (VCP5-Cloud) certifications.

So, thinking about earning your VCP5-DCV? Share your reason(s) in the comments section.

This is an excerpt from the Global Knowledge white paper Tips on Preparing for and Passing the VCP5-DCV Exam.

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