May 21th VMware released their new flagship product VMware vSphere 4.

With a new product comes a new set of courses, we ( already attended the ‘What’s new in VMware vSphere 4‘ course given by Eric Sloof. And there’s also a new ‘VMware vSphere, Install & configure‘ course.

I now regularly get the question ‘The courses are nice but how do I become VCP on vSphere 4?

There are four different scenarios. Check this article on to find out how you can become a VCP on vSphere 4.

The exam to upgrade your VCP to vSphere 4 (VCP4) will be available on August 1st.

If you are a VCP on VI3 and you have attended the beta program there is a chance to upgrade your certification long before August 1st by taking the beta exam. This exam will be available from June 29th but is not publicly available, candidates eligible for the beta exam will automatically be contacted by VMware and must be VCP3 certified and beta product users.

If you want to know more about the VCP on vSphere 4 exam, the blueprints can be found here.

Personally I would like to take the beta exam but Eric Sloof alerted me to a caveat in this scenario. To become a VMware Certified Instructor you will have to score 85% or more. If you take the beta exam the chance is greater you won’t make a score of 85% and you won’t be able to becme VCI. He also mentioned that it is difficult to re-take the exam to boost your score.

So I’m not sure yet. Become on of the first VCPs on vSphere 4 or have the opportunity to become a VCI? Dilemma!

I think I would like to be one of the first so I will be waiting for VMware’s invitation ……….