I never understood why VMware requires you take a course to get certified for a technology as common as VMware vSphere. There might have been a time where it was needed. I imagine back when no one heard of x86 virtualization and the barrier to entry was high. But ESXi is free, VMware offers 60 days of evaluation to come up to speed, you can run it in the cloud or VMware Workstation/Fusion.
After listening to the latest VMware community podcast I became even more frustrated. If you are a practitioner that took a vSpehere 5 or even 4 course you can’t be certified in 6. Why? Is the test itself not an adequate measure of skill? At this point I believe it’s a reflection of VMware Education losing touch with the community.
Plenty of community training options
VMware has over 200 tasks related to the VCP blueprint on their Cloudcred website. vExperts have put out a ton of quality free training. Pluralsight has wonderful VMware training. Why o Why does anyone need to take a formal course in area that plenty of self-study material exists. It’s not like VMware vSphere is OpenStack or something.