Monday, December 4, 2023

Spring Professional Develop 2024 Certification Guide - [VMware 2V0 -72.22 FAQ]

If you are a Java developer, working in the Spring framework, and thinking to become a certified Spring professional but couldn't do it in the past due to expensive mandatory training provided by Vmware and its partners then there is good news for you. Now you can take online Spring training courses from Vmware for appearing to the Spring Professional Develop certification exam, which means, now, it's not mandatory to take expensive Spring training for Spring certifications (see here). Similar to Oracle's Java certifications, you can become a Vmware Certified Spring Professional by just buying the exam vouchers and scheduling your exam online using from anywhere in the world.

The cost of Spring certification has also been reduced from a whopping 3200 US Dollars to just 200 US dollars because of no mandatory training.

Ever since this announcement is made by Pivotal, I have received a lot of queries from my readers, who have mainly experienced Java developers looking to get Spring certification. In this post, I have collated and compiled their queries and put them together for everyone's benefit.

If you are preparing for Spring certification and have any doubts regarding the exam, process, cost, syllabus, resources then you will find some good information here. If you have a question that is not answered here then you can also drop a comment and I'll try to find an answer for you.

By the way, if you are new to the Spring framework then I also suggest you join a comprehensive and up-to-date course to learn Spring in depth. If you need recommendations, I highly suggest you take a look at Spring Framework 6: Beginner to Guru, one of the comprehensive and hands-on courses to learn modern Spring. It' also the most up-to-date and covers Spring 5.

It's also very affordable and you can buy in just $10 on Udemy sales which happen every now and then.

Vmware Spring Professional Develop Certification 2024 (2V0 -72.22) FAQ

Here are some of the frequently asked questions about Spring certifications like the Vmware Certified Spring Professional Certification Exam.

These questions touch many areas like eligibility, cost, how to prepare well, resources, books, mock exams, types of questions, the difficulty of questions, and where you can find  Spring certification dumps to get an idea of what is asked in the actual exam.

Most of these questions are the collection of what my readers regularly ask me over email, Facebook chat, and other mediums and should answer many of your questions and doubts, but, if you have a question that is not answered in this list then feel free to drop a comment and I'll try my best to answer your question.

1. What is the cost of Spring certification?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions about Spring certification. The cost of the Spring certification voucher is 200 USD. The cost is the same for all exams like Spring Professional Certification. See here to learn more about the cost of various spring certifications around the world.

2. What is the cost of Spring Framework training?
The cost of Spring training e.g. Spring Core or Spring Web is around 3200 USD or equivalent in local currency in the USA, Europe, and other North American countries, but the cost of Spring training in India is just around 50K INR for 4-day classroom training from SpringPeople.

3. Can you take the Spring framework training online?
Yes, VMware and its partners provide both classroom and online training.

4. Is it possible to take Spring Certification without training?
Earlier, the Spring training provided by Vmware and its partner e.g. SpringPeople in India was mandatory for appearing in Spring Certification but from 10th May 2017 Pivotal has lifted that requirement (see here).

Now, the training is optional, and if you can afford then only you need to enroll. Similar to Java certifications you can directly buy exam vouchers and appear in Spring certification without any training from VMware or its partners.

5. Which version of Spring certification should you give?
On the Vmware website, the Spring professional certification is available for VMware Spring Professional 2024. Since Spring 6.0 is also live now, I expect that Spring 5.0 certification will also be added soon, but, if you are in a hurry, better give the Spring v5.0 exam (VMware 2V0 -72.22).

6. What is Spring Certification Path?
Vmware Now only provides one main Spring certification, the Spring Professional Certification 2024 Exam, the Spring Web Application Developer Certification, and Enterprise Spring Integration Specialist are already decommissioned by Pivotal and are not available anymore. 

7. Can you retake the exam after failure?
Yes, you can retake the Spring certification exam after 14 days of the cooling period, but you need to buy a separate exam voucher worth 200 USD. There is no discount on retakes. So, it's best to try and pass the exam on the first attempt.

8. What are some recommended courses for Spring Framework Certification?
Online courses play an important role in passing Spring Professional 2024 certifications, thankfully there are plenty of online resources available to prepare for spring Spring professional 2024 certification on Udemy and Pluralsight.  here is a recommended list of courses for Spring Certification:
You don't need to join all the courses, you can watch previews and join the ones where you connect to the instructor, if you ask me, joining the first course should be enough to prepare as it covers all the modules of Spring certification. 

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9. What are some good books for Spring framework Certification?
Books are another important resource to prepare well for Spring certification, while courses are good to start with they are not as comprehensive and authoritative as books, and reading is always faster than watching so, don't neglect books and include them in your preparation. 

Here is a list of recommended books for spring certification:
Apart from that, you can also refer to Spring Framework documentation for up-to-date reference and in-depth documentation. 

10. Does REST and Web Services are covered in Spring Core Certification?
As per the official Spring Study guide, v5.0 is definitely part of Spring Professional Certification. Apart from that, you can even expect some questions from Microservices, but the weight of REST is not much, hence 2 to 3 questions is the maximum you can expect.

11. Why become a Certified Spring Developer?
Well, a Certification gives you recognition and sets you apart from the competition. It will also help you to learn the Spring framework better which will eventually help you in your job and career. Once you complete the certification you will feel more confident in job interviews.

In short, the following is the major benefit of becoming a Vmware Certified Spring framework developer
  • - Industry recognition
  • - Better Job opportunity
  • - Better Salary
  • - Improved Knowledge and Skill
Some companies also encourage their employees to become certified so that they can present good pictures to their clients. Many fortune 500 companies like to see certified developers handling their systems and process.

12. How to prepare for Spring certifications (VMware 2V0 -72.22)?
The best way to prepare for Spring certification is to take VMware's core Spring training because most of the questions are from the study material provided by the 4-day course, but that's not the only way.

You can still pass the Spring certification with a good score without training. All you need is a couple of good books, tutorials, mock exams, and 2 months' time.

If you are preparing for the Spring Professional exam, you can buy a good study guide like VMware Certified Professional Spring Developer Exam: A Study Guide and take some free online courses on Spring and Spring MVC framework like Spring Fundamentals and Spring Professional Tutorial course from Pluralsight and Udemy.

Spring Certification Frequently asked questions

Once you feel comfortable with the Spring and can answer all questions given in the official study guide, you can take a good Spring certification simulator like David Mayer's Core Spring simulator. If you consistently score 80% on this exam, you are good to go.

13. What are some free Spring Core Professional Certification Mock Questions and PDF?
There are a couple of free Spring mock questions and PDF are available online, some of the most useful ones are  below:
  • David Mayers free Spring Certification dump (30 questions)
  • Java & Moie's Spring Core v5.0 Mock Questions (50 questions)
These sample questions will give you some idea of what to expect in the real Spring certification exam, but, the general rule is that Spring certification focus on concept rather than how-to and remembering class and interface names.

14. What are some good mock exams for Spring Certifications?
At the moment there are not many good mock exams available for Spring Certification but the one which stands out is David Mayer's Spring Web Simulator. It has been updated for Spring v5.0 contains more than 300 questions on different exam topics e.g. Container, testing, Spring MVC, Spring Security, etc.

Spring Certification FAQ

You can also access the simulator online from anywhere. It also provides a free PDF with a sample question, which you can use to assess the quality of the question before buying the full simulator. I have also created the Spring Practice Exam on Udemy which contains 250+ questions with explanations you can check that as well for your final preparation. 

That's all about some of the frequently asked questions about Spring framework certifications (VMware 2V0 -72.22) Now that there is no mandatory training requirement, it's a very good opportunity for Java and Spring developers to get recognition for their experience in the Spring framework.

Apart from recognition, you will also learn a lot about some advanced features of the Spring framework like Spring with REST and Spring Security, which will also help you during a Job interview and eventually help you to get a better job with a better salary.


  1. What is the validity period of the certificate?

  2. Hello there, Spring certification is valid for life, similar to Oracle's Java certification and unlike AWS certification which expire in 2 years, there is no expiry date for Spring certification. Although the certification now has an Year in title like Vmware Spring Professional 2021 but I am not aware of any change in expiration policy.

  3. hi the VMware website now states that we need to take the training (mandatory) if you dont have previous VCP certificates. So this changes the "mandatory training " requirements right ? for

  4. Hello Anonymous, Yes, it seems Vmware has brought back the mandatory training requirement for Spring certification. This expensive training was major reason why many Java developer didn't become a certified Spring professional prior to 2017 until Pivotal scrapped that requirement. It seems same story repeating again.

  5. Now they have one mandatory training and along with training price is 300 usd

  6. I think they also have online training option which you can take, you can see more details here