Vmware VCP 6.5 DCV Exam

The latest VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification for Data Center Virtualization (DCV) is VCP6.5-DCV.  This is the first time that VMware is offering a dot-5 level certification.  In the past, they provided dot-5 exams, which you could use to earn a certification, but the certification level itself was not designated as dot-5.  For example, you could pass a version 5.5 exam to earn the VCP5-DCV.  (No VCP5.5-DCV certification exists).   But, now you have the opportunity to pass the version 6.5 exam and earn VCP6.5-DCV.

If you have not yet earned VCP6-DCV, you could seek VCP6.5-DCV or VCP6-DCV.  I  recommend that you base the decision on your skill set and readiness to take a specific exam.  For example, if you are very skilled with vSphere 6.0, but have little experience with vSphere 6.5, you may wish to lean toward VCP6-DCV. I suspect the VCP6.5-DCV may become a popular certification for those who hold VCP6-DCV (or VCP5-DCV) and need to re-certify during the next year.

How to Prepare

A great way to prepare is to use the VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide (VMware Press) and to supplement with a small amount of additional material to accommodate additions in the blueprint and changes in vSphere 6.5. I compared the blueprints of the version 6.0 exam (which is addressed in the Cert Guide) and the 6.5 exam.   Most of the changes are cosmetic, such as reworded and relocated objectives and sub-objectives.  A modest amount of new items appear in the objectives.  Some of the new items are already covered in the Cert Guide as part of covering related objectives.

So, I recommend that you:

Read and apply the VCP6-DCV Official Cert Guide, as written, from cover to cover.

Use the practice exams - Click here to download

Then, examine this table that identifies additional v6.5 blueprint items and related vSphere 6.5 technology changes and follow the references in the table to learn more.  The sources for the references are:

What’s New in VMware vSphere 6.5 – Technical White Paper (What’s New)
Official vSphere 6.5 Documentation Center (Doc Center)