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Major Changes in Microsoft Certification Program
28 July 2005 - Microsoft recently announced that it plans to revamp its certification programs and processes. Microsoft the sponsor of hugely popular certifications in the IT industry such as the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) is to overhaul its its certification program.
The new developments will start with new certifications for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005, which are due for release on Nov. 7 2005, as well as the Microsoft Certified Architect program.
Unlike the traditional MCP route that everyone is familiar with, it's obvious that these changes will be major. Microsoft's plan is to create a certification framework that matches a credential with a skill-identifying certification based on a tiered approach:
- Tier 1: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist will require simply passing one to three exams based on a Microsoft technology.
- Tier 2: Microsoft Certified IT Professional or Professional Developer require a Technology Specialist certification, plus one to three more exams, based on the requirement for a particular path.
The goal of this tier is to provide a title that defines the individual's job role within an organization.
- Tier 3: At the top will be the Microsoft Certified Architect, "The Microsoft Certified Architect Program identifies top industry experts in IT Architecture. These architects can employ multiple technologies to solve business problems and provide business metrics and measurements to describe the success or failure of the projects they drive."
It is expected that details of specific exam requirements and learning paths for the certifications (SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005) will be released in September 2005. This should also include certification upgrade details for Microsoft Certified Database Administrators (MCDBA), Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Application Developers (MCAD).
What is the future for MCSA and MCSE credentials in the future scheme of things? Microsoft has said that the MCSE and MCSA titles will remain valid and upgrade paths to the new certification program will be developed.
Learn about the Microsoft Certification options here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning
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