Until now the VCP (VMware Certified Professional) certification was the certification for IT professionals working with VMware solutions started with. But achieving the certification was not really something for someone new to the field of VMware. Experiences and good deep knowledge are necessary to pass the Foundation Exam and then the Professional Exam.
With the new announced certification level, someone who is new to the topic of VMware can go for the first VMware certification. And like the VCP, VCAP and VCDX certifications the VCTA certification is a “badge of honor, designed to validate your expertise and get you where you need to be – proficient today and future-proofed for tomorrow.“
With the VCTA certification you can get started in the areas of
The VCTA certification is NOT a requirement for doing the VCP. VCTA is a first step for proving your operational skills with VMware solutions.
The training for VCTA is available online through VMware Customer Connect Learning. If you are ready for taking the exam, you can register online for it and have the choice of taking the exam at a Pearson VUE test center or using the Pearson OnVue remote proctored solution.
On a side note: I have taken an exam at a Pearson VUE test center and also with Pearson OnVue remote proctored. Both options have the advantages and disadvantages. If you are nervous when you take an (online) exam, doing it from your home(office) might calm your nerves but if you need neutral surroundings to not get distracted the choice for the test center might be the best.