VMware Training: What You Need to Succeed

VMware software drives a lot of companies’ cloud computing and virtualization initiatives, which makes learning VMware software key for a number of technologist roles, particularly network engineers and some kinds of software developers. 

If you’re interested in those kinds of jobs, you’ll probably have to learn something about VMware’s products. But where can you obtain those kind of VMware training courses?

What is VMware training?  

As with many cloud and infrastructure companies, VMware recognizes that a broad swath of technologists need training in its products in order to keep their respective companies’ tech stacks running. As a result, the company hosts a pretty significant learning hub, complete with a combination of live and self-paced online classes.  

Other, third-party sites also offer instruction and classes, including Udemy and IBM. Some of these portals focus on a particular VMware product; if you want a full scope of the company’s software ecosystem, it’s probably best to stick to the VMware educational materials.  

For those who like to self-learn (and there are a lot of you out there), VMware also hosts substantial documentation for its products. Just make sure you absolutely know what you’re doing before you implement a virtualization solution on your company’s tech stack.

Is it hard to learn?  

As with anything else in tech, there’s a lot of inherent complexity to VMware’s products. With enough time, however, anyone can learn what they need to succeed. 

Is VMware in demand?  

According to Burning Glass, which collects and analyzes millions of job postings from across the country, VMware-related skills are much in demand. For example, some 140,205 job postings over the past 12 months have requested VMware-related skills; Burning Glass also predicts that the demand for such skills will grow 28.6 percent over the next 10 years.

The median salary for jobs that heavily leverage VMware skills stands at $89,858, but those with experience (i.e., more than nine years’ worth of work with virtualization and VMware) can easily pull down a six-figure salary per year. 

Here’s a quick breakdown (also from Burning Glass) of the technology roles where VMware skills pop up most frequently in job postings; they seem particularly key for network/systems administrator roles. Keep that in mind if you’re applying for any of these positions. 

Are there certifications for VMware? 

Yes. Like many other companies that serve up enterprise-grade infrastructure tools and platforms, VMware offers a stunning plethora of certifications in a number of categories. These certifications are also targeted at technologists of varying skill levels, from entry-level all the way up to experienced architects. These include:

Data Center Virtualization 

Network Virtualization 

 Cloud Management and Automation 

Digital Workspace


Application Modernization 

According to Burning Glass, a very small percentage of job postings for network/systems administrators, network engineers/architects, computer systems engineers/architects, and similar roles actually ask for VMware certifications (less than 1 percent, in many cases). However, it always pays to remember that certifications can help you stand out in a crowded competitive field, because they assure hiring managers and recruiters that you have the actual training necessary to get the job done. 

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VMware Certification