VMware is one of the last companies that require you to sit a course as well as the exam to gain your certification. Many companies use to use this method, but have since moved away from making this a mandatory requirement.
The good news is that you can take the exam first if you are self-studying. Unfortunately, these courses can and are generally expensive. One course I was looking at the other day was approx. $AU3000 for a 5 day course. Personally, I expected that sort of price for the vCAP certification.
There is some more good news though, you don’t have to pay that much if you are willing to wait a few months to sit the course. Stanley Community College offers an inexpensive option. for approx $US185 you have access to an online 8 week course. The material is recorded so that you can attend the class and fill out the assessment each week when it best suits you.
Due to the excellent service provided, these courses to fill up very fast and there is a wait list that is set up. You can sign up here. https://vmware.stanly.edu/waitlist.php
To read more about the course, you can check it out here.