VMware Digital Badges … an innovation in show-and-tell

VMware skills are recognized, respected and valued globally throughout the IT industry, yet seamlessly communicating your abilities and achievements can be challenging. Now, when you earn a VMware certification, complete an IT Academy challenge, or contribute to the certification program, you can easily and quickly share verified proof wherever and whenever you choose.

VMware badges are represented by a digital image that once clicked on by a colleague or employer will display verified information such as issue date, what it took to earn the badge, and more that reflects the steps you undertook to earn your skills.

VMware badges are:

  • sharable on any digital platform: social media, email signature, embedded in your résumé, or the web
  • authenticated by VMware and trusted by employers, colleagues and industry peers
  • the new way to access Labor Market Insights to find out who’s looking for VMware expertise
  • a single source that combines your credentials and provides a complete overview of your skills

How it Works

  1. You will receive an email notifying you to claim your badge at our partner Acclaim's website.
  2. Click the link in that email.
  3. Create an account on the Acclaim site and confirm your email.
  4. Claim your badge.
  5. Start sharing.

Badge Sharing


Badge Offerings

Each badge is independent. Whether a certification, skill or other achievement, your VMware badges tell the world you are VMware-ready.
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VMware Milestone Badge
VMware Specialist Badge
VMware Co-Skill Badge


Certification badges are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the requirements associated with selected VMware products, solutions or advanced/expert certifications. These badges are awarded to IT professionals who achieve and demonstrate an exceptionally high level of understanding of the topic represented by the certification.


Milestone badges are issued to individuals who earn a specific set of badges. The Milestone Badge represents a collective achievement that acknowledges higher-level experiences and skills.


Specialist badges build on VMware certifications and are issued to technical experts who understand select VMware technology architectures and feature sets and can leverage best practices and advanced capabilities to optimize their VMware environment.


Co-skilled badges are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the requirements associated with the technology, solutions, or advanced/expert certifications of VMware and select partners.

VMware ITA Challenge Badge
VMware Skill Badge
VMware Contributor Badge


Knowledge badges convey that individuals have participated, understood and integrated some type of VMware Education in a meaningful way.


Skill badges indicate developing competencies and a broad understanding of an individual’s capabilities and accomplishments.


These badge-earners are recognized for their knowledge of a specific VMware product or solution area. They verify that professionals are able to work within defined processes and collaborate with other team members to meet established industry standards in order certify. Contributor Badge-earners contribute significant time and work in the development of VMware Professional Certification exams.

View the VMware Digital Badge Listing



Elements of a Digital Badge


Badge Name:

VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization


Badge holder has a basic understanding of VMware Data Center Virtualization. The badge holder can also describe vSphere 6, articulate its benefits, and describe how it is used to resolve common data center challenges, and perform basic operational tasks on Virtual Machines and ESXi Hosts utilizing the vSphere Client.

Badge Type:

Certification Badge


Data Center Virtualization


VMware Certified Associate Level version 6.0


Step 1: Complete the VMware Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals training course or self-study training.
Step 2: Pass the VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals exam.

Date Issued:


Skill Tags:

Server Virtualization, vSphere 6, ESXi




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Labor Market Insights

The Acclaim platform gives you the tools to move forward in your career.

  • Find out what kind of salary you can expect to earn
  • Which employers are looking for individuals with your skills

Find out who's looking for VMware certified professionals



VMware Badge Program FAQs

Q. What is an open badge?

A: Open badges are web-enabled versions of a credential, certification or learning outcome which can be verified in real-time, online.

Q. Once I have qualified to earn a badge, do I need to request the badge, or will it be automatically sent to me?

A: When you have qualified to earn a badge, the accomplishment will be processed and the badge will be automatically sent to you within a few days.

Q. What is the process for claiming my VMware open badge?

A: When you’ve earned a VMware badge, you will receive an email notification alerting you to claim your badge. You will need to create an account on Acclaim and confirm your email address, then you’ll be able to accept and share your badge.

Q. How does my credential get displayed as an open badge?

A: We have partnered with Acclaim, a badging platform backed by Pearson, to translate the learning outcomes you’ve demonstrated into a badge. The technology Acclaim uses is based on the Open Badge Standards defined by Mozilla. This enables you to manage, share and verify your competencies digitally.

Q. What is Acclaim?

A: Acclaim is a product of Pearson, the world’s learning company. Acclaim works with credible organizations to provide digital credentials to individuals, worldwide.

Q. What is the relationship between VMware and Acclaim?

A: VMware has partnered with Acclaim to recognize certifications and other learning opportunities in the form of digital badges.

Q. What if I do not want my VMware open badge to be public?

A: You can easily configure your privacy settings in Acclaim. You’re in complete control of the information about yourself that is made public.

Q. Is there a cost associated with claiming and displaying my VMware open badge?

A: No. This is a service we provide to you, at no cost.

Q. How do I prevent someone from copying and using my VMware open badge?

A: While badges are simply digital image files, they are uniquely linked to data hosted on the Acclaim platform. This link to verified data makes them more reliable and secure than a paper-based certificate. It also eliminates the possibility of anyone claiming your credential and your associated identity.

Q. How do I share open badges on social and professional media?

A: It is easy to share your badges on social and professional media through Acclaim. When you accept your badge, you’ll be brought immediately into a sharing workflow that allows you to share to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, embed in a personal website, or share over email. You will need to connect and authorize your social media accounts through Acclaim in order to share to those sites.

You can share your badge at any other time by viewing your badge and clicking the blue “Share” button beneath the badge visual.

Q. How do I add an open badge to my email signature?

A: Adding a hyperlinked badge image to your email signature is a great way to make sure your professional network is aware of your certifications, credentials and other badge-worthy recognition.

Email clients handle images within signatures differently. Some, like Outlook, require a resized image and a hyperlink. Read our blog post on how to download a resized version of your badge image and a hyperlink from Acclaim's share options.

Others, like Gmail, allow you to copy and paste a badge and hyperlink into your email signature. Watch this 90-second video to see how to do that.



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