It's been a hectic few weeks for me, so I'm a little late with some of these announcements - but I thought it was worth collating them together for you.
New course option for expired VCPs
First up, a new course option for people who've let their VCP expire - rather than having to take a full 5-day class as part of stepping back into VCP world, you are also now able take a What's New class to meet the training requirement.
The example given is for gaining VCP6-DCV by attending the What's New class for vSphere 6.5 - you'd still have to pass the same vSphere Foundations and VCP exams as a newbie, and you still won't get your expired VCPs renewed, but you'd save over £2000 (approx $2500) by taking only the 2-day What's New class.
VCAP6-CMA Deployment exam now available
A quick update from the beginning of November, the final exam for VCAP6-CMA Deployment is available - it's a live lab exam, focused around the vRealize Suite.
New training courses for vSphere 6.5, vRA 7.1, vCD 8.10, vRO 7.1, Horizon 7, and NSX 6.2!
The core training courses for vSphere 6.5 were launched as the product went GA, plus there's a bunch of new courses for other products too.
VCP7-CMA exam released
If you want to get VCP certified on the latest vRealize Suite, now you can.
VMware Certification Badges
A new way of sharing your v6 (and later) certifications - a digital badge that you can use online - on social media, a blog/website, your CV, or in your email signature.
Help the Certification team, give to the community, get certified
VMware are looking for Certification SMEs to help design and write exams - in return for giving back to the community, you'll be awarded the certifications you help with.
VCDX6-DCV is go!
And what a way to finish - the "big daddy" of all VMware certifications, the VCDX, is now available. VMware have published the blueprint and a handbook, and you can begin the application process for VCDX6-DCV now.
Phew! I'm off to make a cup of tea, while you click away and read up on these annoucements...