How I became a vExpert

In case you’re coming across this in 2017, I’ve tweaked the post below but it’s still correct I believe as I’ve been a vExpert for 6 years now. Just reach out me to on Twitter if any questions – @andriven I may write a followup post soon about what vExpert has meant to me over the years.

Well, not exactly how I became a vExpert but at least what I submitted for the application process — details on the overall VMware vExpert program here and selection criteria here Right now there are just over 400 worldwide. If you’re feeling too lazy to click through, the general details are….


The annual VMware vExpert title is given to individuals who have significantly contributed to the community of VMware users over the past year. The title is awarded to individuals (not employers) for their commitment to sharing their knowledge and passion for VMware technology above and beyond their job requirements.

The vExpert program is rather interesting to me — for most certifications or recognition you often alter your regular behavior. You study for a test (VCP and many others), you create a design (VCDX), you present to a group, etc.…but for being a vExpert it’s more about simply looking at what I already do on a day to day basis and framing that in light of what VMware is looking for in the program. There’s also no hard and fast rules….so it does feel something like a shot in the dark.

I submitted under the “Evangelist” path simply as I don’t have a VCAP yet (see some notes in the comments on that). Furthermore, Varrow as a whole has (4) vExperts in total which is pretty amazing to me — Jason Nash, Joe Kelly, Martin Valencia, and myself.

Having said all that, here’s what I submitted pretty much verbatim (although reorganized a bit and anything that would be customer specific taken out).

Some or all of the above was sufficient for vExpert this year at least and hopefully helpful for those thinking of applying next year.

4 thoughts on “How I became a vExpert

    • Thanks!

      I applied on the “evangelist” path simply as I’m not VCAP yet. I’d meant to do VCAP4 but my schedule this last year made it pretty difficult (I actually tried to take VCAP4-DCA last second at PEX but they needed a few hours minimum for me to sit it) so I didn’t really have a choice (planning to do VCAP5-DCA soon).

      I’ll go update the post now on that and a couple other items.


    • I believe the application form (now not available) did say you needed VCAP for partner…but since then I’ve heard that some vExperts applied as Partner (and were accepted) without having a VCAP.


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