I passed the VCP5 (VMware renamed it as “VCP5-DV”) exam on March 5, 2013. I completed the VMware authorized course of vSphere 5 Install, Configure and Manage last year from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (http://www.cccti.edu/vmware/), which is mandatory requirement for VCP certification. It was 5 weeks evening online course. Having a knowledge and real-time work experience on VMware, this inspired me to get the certification in the Virtualization field.
For study material, I used:
1) vSphere 5.0 Student Manuals
2) Mastering vSphere 5 book by Scott Lowe
3) VMware vSphere: What’s New [V 5.1] (VMware eLearning)
It is one of my first VMware certifications, in the next few months I am thinking to do VMware Cloud certification following IaaS exam.