Data Center Administration VMware Certification for vSphere 5

Documenting your expertise in Data Center Administration establishes your level of competence beyond a shadow of a doubt. It validates your advanced knowledge of the platform, and achievement of the Advanced Professional certification from VMware in the discipline is a powerful professional development step, whether you are happy with your current employer or looking to expand your options in the job market.

The vSphere 5 Data Center Administration Advanced Professional certification from VMware is the VCAP5-DCA. The exam by the same name is the required test for earning your certification. You must however, also hold prior certification from VMware before registering for and taking the VCAP5-DCA test. Certifications that satisfy this prerequisite are: the VCP5-DCV, VCP5-DT, VCP-Cloud, and the VCAP4-DCA.


In addition to the prerequisite professional level certification, VMware also highly recommends focused training in the VSphere 5 platform, including the Optimize and Scale, v 5.x and the What’s New with VSphere v 5.1 courses.

Whether you decide to pursue formal training or not, you will want to ensure that you dedicate ample time and resources to your exam preparation activities. Self study programs, online tutorials, and practice exams, like those found at, are all prep modules to consider for your pre-test knowledge acquisition and refreshment.

The VCAP5-DCA exam is presented in lab format and tests your knowledge of all areas of the vSphere Data Center and administrative requirements. It validates that you possess the skills and knowledge to install, configure, implement and administer complex, large-scale virtualized environments.