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    Question VMWare VCA Value?

    Hi guys,

    Just started a sponsored week-long training session at work today. I knew going in it was a VMWare training course, but what I was not expecting was that they are actually training us for the VCA certification (although the course labs are VCP-level material).

    The only caveat is that the exam cost is coming out of pocket, although taking the exam is optional. The good news is they apparently have vouchers that drop the price of the exam from $100+ to about $30-40.

    What is the industry perception / value of the certification and is it worth studying for and taking? I mean $30-40 is nothing for me if it's a credential that is worth the investment.

    Interested in hearing your thoughts on this,
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    VCA has no value.
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    Most people don't even know what it is. Skip it, do the VCP-NV, right up your alley.
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    Thank you guys. Although at the urging of the instructors I just did the exam anyway and passed. Now, I see it more as a foundational exam for the VCP training and test next month.

    Other good news is that they have discount (up to 70%) vouchers for the VCP as well!
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    Nobody needs a week-long training course for a VCA - if it was something like the Install Configure Manage class it would align to the vSphere Foundations exam that you take as part of getting a VCP.

    The official training for the VCAs are only 3 hours long each.

    So, I'd hope after way more training than what's recommended, that you'd have passed - congrats though!
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    When you take a VITA class they give you a six pack VMWare Academy VCA/Foundations voucher at 70 percent off.

    Its good for VCA and foundation exams. 37.50 a test if you are included to do take them.
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    Only reason I got it was because I worked at vmware, it was free, and I had an hour to kill. VCA isn't worth it unless it's for some requirement
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