VCP6 on a Budget

Obtaining a Certification is a great way to validate to employers, both current and future, the knowledge and experience you possess in your field of expertise. Sometimes getting those certifications can be very costly. So, how can we get these certifications while not spending thousands of dollars in the process? Let me share with you how I managed to get my VMware Certified Professional in Data Center Virtualization for under $500.

First, and the most expensive part typically the training course required by the manufacturer. In my case, VMware, required a course as a perquisite to the exam. I remember going to their site and seeing prices ranging from $2500 all the way up to $7500 dollars for the different classes!

Immediately, I started web searches, and luckily was referred to Stanly Community College, which offers an online class for only $185 (Course List)! Stanly Community College did require that I purchase books, which totaled $36.95 before tax.  After completing and passing the course, I received vouchers to use towards exams. To achieve a VCP certification, two exams were required – the VMware Foundations Exam, which will run you a solid price of $36 after applying voucher ($120 regular price). Then, it’s time for the final exam, the VCP6-DCV (2V0-621), at the price of $67.50 after applying voucher ($240 regular price). After passing the exam and a few days of processing, I am officially a VMware Certified Professional!

Now, if you do the math you will realize I achieved a VCP certification for only $325.45 before tax! Needless to say… that is a lot of money saved!

One last thing to mention before you embark on this adventure on your own. It is my opinion that you should always purchase a study guide, and practice with the software prior to the test. These type of books will typically run around $30-$100, but are worth the investment.

So get busy, good luck on your exams, and be cost savvy!