VMware Certified Professional (VCP) definition

This definition is part of our Essential Guide: The road to success begins with a virtualization certification path
Contributor(s): Julia Anderson

VCP is VMware's most-successful and longest-running certificate. This entry-level certification requires the applicant to take an official VMware education course, either online or in-person. 

The VMware Certified Professional (VCP) exam was once the only certification VMware offered, but now it is part of a larger certification matrix that includes cloud, data center and end user computing. In VMware's new certification matrix, the original VCP exam is now called the VCP in datacenter virtualization (VCP-DV). The vendor also offers VCP-Cloud and VCP-Desktop certifications.

Passing the VCP exam demonstrates an ability to install, configure and upgrade vCenter Server and VMware ESXi, vSphere networking, vSphere storage and to deploy and administer virtual machines and vApps. A VCP is required to pursue the higher-level VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) and VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX) certifications.

This was first published in March 2013

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