VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) is the highest level of VMware certification. This elite group of VCDX professionals is comprised of design architects highly-skilled in VMware enterprise deployments. Prove you can deliver true business value by validating your expertise in vSphere6.x and enabling the best performance, availability, and efficiency from your infrastructure and applications.

Certification Path if you hold

1. Earn the VCP6-DCV or VCP6.5-DCV

2. Earn the VCIX6-DCV or VCIX6.5-DCV badge

3. Review and understand the blueprint

4. Select and build a design, based on the guidance in the handbook

5. Submit and pass the application and design review

6. Successfully defend the design against three panelists

1. (Recommended) Attend one of the training courses

2. Pass the VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Design or VMware Certified Advanced Professional 6.5 – Data Center Virtualization Design exam

1. Earn the VCP6-DCV or VCP6.5-DCV

2. Earn the VCIX6-DCV or VCIX6.5-DCV badge

3. Review and understand the blueprint

4. Select and build a design, based on the guidance in the handbook

5. Submit and pass the application and design review

6. Successfully defend the design in a one-hour phone interview with three panelists

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FAQs

If I have more than one VCDX, can I take any VCAP Design exam to upgrade?

The tracks are all individual, so to upgrade to VCDX6, you will need to take the VCAP6 Design exam in that track. For example, if you are a VCDX5-DCV, regardless of how many other VCDXs you hold, you will need to pass the VCAP6-DCV Design exam to upgrade to VCDX-DCV 2019.

What are the costs associated with the VCDX program?

There are two separate fees: An Application Fee of $995 USD is collected when you have submitted a complete application package. If the application is accepted for a defense before the VCDX Panel, a Defense Fee of $3000 USD will be due. Fees are subject to change. 

Any and all costs related to traveling to a design defense are the candidate's responsibility.

During my VCDX defense, I wasn't able to get through all of my prepared presentation. Will that affect my result?

No, it will not. The presentation is a tool to refer to when answering questions from the panelists, rather than to use as a full presentation. Although you will be given a few minutes to provide an overview, be prepared to start answering questions at any time. Use your presentation as an indexed tool to quickly jump to slides that will help answer specific questions. Since the panelists have reviewed the design already, they will already know much of what you are presenting, and they want to ensure there is time to answer questions they have. Overall, it is better to answer the questions than to go slide by slide through the presentation.