VMware Certified Advanced Professional (VCAP) is VMware's third-highest certification level.
A VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification is required before attempting VCAP certification. VMware currently offers three VCAP tracks: data center virtualization, end user computing and cloud. Each track has two certifications: advanced administrator and advanced designer. There are separate exams for each track and separate exams for each certification option. For example, if an IT professional chooses the data center track and the administrator certification, he must pass that exam to become a VCAP-DCA. The six VCAP certification options are VCAP-DCA (data center administrator), VCAP-DCD (data center designer), VCAP-CIA (cloud administrator), VCAP-CID (cloud designer), VCAP-DTA (desktop administrator) and VCAP-DTD (desktop designer).
The VCAP administrator exams include live labs using real equipment to verify the skills of the user. The VCAP designer exams have more than 100 questions consisting of multiple-choice questions, drag-and-drop items and a tool for building a design based on a customer scenario.
In addition to the recognition from peers, a user with VCAP certification has access to beta exams and classes as well as discounts on VMware Press books and VMware events, such as VMworld. VCAP is a prerequisite to the highest certification level, VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX).