I just stumbled across this thread and took a moment to look on the Veeam University and Veeam Certification page to see if there are already some information about certification / re-certification.
All these information are available at https://www.veeam.com/vmce.html
Short summary:VMCE 7/8 course attendees/certified engineers
VMCE 7 course attendees with no exam: VMCE 7 course attendees who didn’t validate either VMCE 7 orVMCE Certification Maintenance: evolution of the rules
VMCE v8 exam will be required to follow a full new VMCE v9 course and validate the full VMCE 9 proctored
exam at a Pearson Vue test center.
VMCE 7 certified engineers: VMCE 7 certified engineers who did not upgrade to VMCE v8 will
exceptionally be provided with a free “What’s new V9” online course, and will then have to validate the full
VMCE 9 exam at a Pearson Vue test center.
VMCE 8 course attendees with no exam: VMCE 8 course attendees who didn’t validate VMCE 8 exam
will exceptionally be provided with a free “What’s new V9” online course, and will then have to validate the
VMCE 9 “delta” exam at a Pearson Vue test center.
VMCE 8 certified Engineers: VMCE 8 Certified Engineers will be provided with a free “What’s New v9” online
course (and potentially practice exam), and will automatically upgrade their status to VMCE v9 once completed.
All VMCEs are required to stay current on knowledge and certifications related to Veeam Software.
Starting VMCE v9, Veeam evolves the mandatory paying VMCE upgrade certification rules from an “every major
release” to “every two major release” process. Example with VMCE v9:
VMCE 8 certified engineers are provided with a free upgrade to their VMCE v9 status, and will have to validate
again for VMCE v10 through a Pearson Vue proctored exam and potentially “What’s New” paying course.
New students who validate VMCE v9 through a paying course and exam will be provided with a free
upgrade path for VMCE 10, and will have to validate again VMCE v11 through a Pearson Vue proctored exam
and potentially “What’s New” paying course.
As i mentioned above, these are information from Veeam's VMCE website. Perhaps there will be changes, i don't know. Just make sure you check the site from time to time to see if the certification for VMCE v9 is available. If your are a Veeam Reseller or Silver / Gold / Platinum Partner, perhaps you can contact your channel / partner manager for further information.
I whish you good luck for the next exam