So, you have been preparing for Spring certification for quite a sometime, and now you feel you are ready to take the exam, and it's time to buy the Spring certification voucher and schedule your exam. In this article, I'll show you how to buy the Spring certification voucher online. But, before purchasing a voucher, I would like to remind you that the Spring certification (VMware EDU-1202) voucher is only valid for 90 days, after that it will expire. So, it's best to buy the voucher only if you are ready for the exam i.e. you have gone through several Spring Mock tests and practice tests given in Spring study guides and you are consistently scoring over 80% on them.
Since the passing score of the Spring certification exam (VMware EDU-1202) is quite high, around 76% there is no way you should attempt the exam if you are not scoring over 80% on mock tests unless you just want to give Spring certification for the experience, which is also not a bad idea if you can afford the cost of spring certification which is around $200 USD.
Anyway, I am not a big fan of that strategy because I like to prepare hard and clear the exam with flying colors on the first attempt. It's not that I haven't tried that strategy, but I found that your best effort is always on the first chance, slowly you start losing your mojo and interest.
That's why when I went for my Java certification, I did both Enthuware and Whizlabs tests multiple times to full proof of my preparation. Unfortunately, with Spring, you don't have many choices, there is only one good Spring simulator available like David Mayer's Spring Mock Simulator, but for many, it's more than enough because it contains over 400 quality questions.
Anyway, If you think you are ready with your preparation for becoming a Pivotal Certified Spring developer, you can purchase the Spring certification voucher from Pivotal's training website (https://pivotal.io/training/certification).
Here are the steps to purchase the spring certification voucher online:
There are different types of Spring certification available on Pivotal's website: Pivotal Developer (Java) Certification, Pivotal Developer (.NET) Certification, Pivotal Application Architect certification, Cloud Foundry Developer Certification, and Spring Professional Certification.
You have to first decide which one you want to attend. If you are not sure, I suggest you check this article first. Generally, you would like to go for the Core Spring certification, which is also known as Spring Professional certification.
When you go to the Pivotal Training and Certification website, you will see all those certifications listed, choose the Spring Professional certification as shown below. You can see they are also offering a 25% discount on Spring Certification Voucher until 31st December:
This will open the following screen where the exam and their price is listed:
This screen has both a study guide and an exam brief which contains some useful information about the exam, you can go through them to learn more about Spring certification.
Also, the cost of every certification is USD 200, which is relatively reasonable. In fact, it's cheaper than the price of Oracle's Java certification, which costs you around 246 US Dollars.
Select the certification you want to take and add that to the cart by clicking the "Add to Cart" button. After that, you can continue shopping or just begin checkout by clicking on the "begin checkout" button.
Once you click on Begin Checkout, you will be presented with the following screen where you need to create your account on the Pivotal website, required for billing and scheduling purpose. Assign the course to yourself or someone else. This means you can buy the Spring Certification voucher for someone else too.
In order to purchase and schedule any Spring certifications, you need to create an account on the Pivotal website. After you click the button, it will present you with a login form with the title "Login for Schedules and Pricing."
If you have an existing Pivotal account, then you can log in with that, but if you don't, then you need to create one right there by clicking the "Register Now" link.
In the registration form, you need to enter your First Name, Last Name, Company, email address, password, country, and currency, all these are mandatory. You can also add your phone number but that is optional.
Btw, you must accurately enter your details as it may be used in your certification. After that, just check the checkbox "Accept our Terms & Condition" and click on the "Register" button. It will then try to create your account and say, “Please wait while we create your account.”
Here you will see the page where your selected class is listed with its price. You also have two options, first "Assign to me" and "Assign to Others." If you are buying the certification for yourself, then you can click the "Assign to Me" button, and it will then assign it to you by putting your name and email address there. It will also enable the "Continue to Billing" button, which was disabled until you assign the certification to yourself or others.
Once you assign the course to yourself, then you can see that is attached to you as shown below:
Depending upon your company, you may in for a discount as well, e.g. for one of my friends, the price of Core Spring or Spring Professional certification (VMware EDU-1202) shows $150 on this page, instead of $200, which is good 50 USD less.
On the next page, it will ask you for GST/VAT Id, but if you are consuming, then you just choose the option that "I am a consumer who does not have a VAT/GST ID," and you can add a payment method. Pivotal allows you to buy the voucher using VISA, MasterCard, or American Express card. Once you enter your details, you can click at checkout.
Once you make the payment, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing your exam within a few minutes. The email's subject contains "Pivotal Academy: Exam Enrollment." If you do not see the email in your inbox, please check your spam folder.
If you don't receive the voucher after making payment to the website, you can contact them by filling out the contact form given on https://pivotal.io/training-contact-popup-form. Ideally, you should receive proof of purchase and exam registration instructions within an hour.
That's all about how to purchase the Spring certification voucher online from Pivotal's website. As I have said, the coupon is only valid for 90 days or 3 months; hence, you should only buy it when you are ready for the exam.
How do you check if you are ready for the exam? Well, you can use David Mayer's Spring Mock test for that. If you consistently score more than 80%, then you are ready for the exam. This means you have a higher chance of passing the Spring Professional exam in one chance.
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