Microsoft Certifications: Where Do I Start? (A Series)

Microsoft Certifications: Where Do I Start? (A Series)

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I am kicking off a series of posts today that are designed to address your questions around getting or updating a Microsoft certification.  The series will follow this outline;

1) I'm new to Microsoft certifications.  Where do I start?

2) I am already certified as an MCSD or an MCAD but I want to upgrade.  Where do I start?

3) I am already certified as an MCTS and I want to upgrade.  Where do I start?

4) I am already certified as an MCPD and I want to upgrade.  Where do I start?

5) I am an MCDBA, what are my options for the new generation certifications?

6) I am already an MCTS in SQL 2005 and I want to upgrade.  Where do I start?

7) I am already an MCITP in SQL 2005 and I want to upgrade.  Where do I start?

5) I am already certified but I want to be an MCA.

 

Please let me know if you want me to cover IT Pro certs as well instead of just developer and SQL Server.

 

Gerry

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  • Great.  Looking forward to more details on MCPD track.

    1) What exams are required for the new MCPD, Web track?

    2) Your point 4: "I am already certified as an MCPD and I want to upgrade.  Where do I start?"  If web is it one exam?  What about Enterprise?

    Thanks.

  • Hello Gerry,

    Older versions of intermediary career, like MCAD or MCSA, they allowed MCT to minister courses around them.

    I’m a MCTS in Web, Windows and Distributed applications. Why I cannot to minister these courses? Only MCPD?

  • Patience, patience.

    All in due time.  I will do the series in the order listed.  :-)

    Gerry

  • MCT information would be helpful.  I'd be interesting in pursuing that as well.

  • Did you see the post at blogs.msdn.com

  • Gerry, oh I use to be so much like you. And to a point, deep down I am. Being in the I.T. field for 14 years professionally, I have learned one very important trait: Research. Earning many of my certifications over the years required endless hours of research -- 10x that amount of time hands-on experience. Being a current resident in the Microsoft certification public newsgroups, I have ran across this, and many of these questions you list. And one of the first replies I post is, "Have you researched http://www.microsoft.com/learning ?" You would be surprised of the rude replies back from the original poster -- as if I know all the answers and not sharing them. They also ask, "I have read Microsoft Press XYZ Training Kit. Will this give me the confidence to pass the exam?" How do you answer a question like that??? I have simplified my responses to many of these post. Do you have hands-on experience with the tested technology? Do you feel comfortable with the exam objectives as listed on the Microsoft Learning website? If so, then schedule and test away. If not, then no one here can help you.

    Below are a few article, if you will, on this very subject. Take a read and let me know what you think. Personally, nothing bothers me more than asking a newsgroup full of strangers about something that can easily be confirmed by visiting the Microsoft Learning site.

    http://www.certguard.com/articles.asp?articleID=14

    http://www.certguard.com/articles.asp?articleID=13

    http://www.certguard.com/articles.asp?articleID=9

  • Thanks Chris, I may have one of our MCT program people partner with me on the that one.

    Gerry

  • Hi Anthony.

    I am researching your question and will have an answer for you shortly.

    Gerry

  • Hi Michael,

    All valid points for sure.  I will give these articles a read, thank you very much for the links.

    While I do agree that our website hosts all the information on what is required for our certifications, I still feel an obligation to the people of the community to make it as accessible as possible.

    It will take me some time to write these posts and provide all the relevant information but I hope, that by doing so, I will reduce the amount of questions that get posted in the newsgroups and other forums.  And it ensures a consistent message to all.

    Your input and feedback on these posts would be most valued as well.

    I want to ensure that we place the focus on the experience aspect as well and not simply tell people that they can study a book and pass an exam.

    Thanks again.

    Gerry

  • Gerry, I think Microsoft has done a very good job with providing web-based answers to a large percentage of "standard" questions, including "Where do I start?" and "How do I upgrade?"  Getting a MSFT certification is hard work; researching it is by far the easiest part.  Part of being an MCP is having the determination to learn on your own!

    I recognize there are still plenty of non-standard questions, particularly from international test-takers.

    People might try entering "Microsoft certification" in Live Search instead of Google-they'll get better results.

    I'm working on both MCITP and MCPD certifications and I haven't come up with a "certification process" question so far: by reading the web pages, I've found the answers.

  • Your making my Hero list pretty soon, Gerry! And not just because of your polite followup! :)

    If I can be of assistance, just let me know. Trika can vouch for me! :)

  • Thanks for the quick response, Gerry.

    I'm MCPD: Windows, Web, Enterprise and MCTS: SQL Server 2005, Windows, Web, Distributed.

    So, I'm looking forward to this series to see where to go from here, including that MCT information.

  • Hi Experts,

    I want to write exam for  SQL 2005, VBA (Excel).

    Where I can get details like leraning materials.

    I have been trying to get details about VBA, still I can't get the details

    Thanks

    Prakash.s

  • Gerry wrote: "Please let me know if you want me to cover IT Pro certs as well instead of just developer and SQL Server."

    Yes, I would definitely be interested in seeing the IT Pro lines covered, as soon as you have time. :-)

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    Prakash kumar wrote: "I want to write exam for  SQL 2005, VBA (Excel). Where I can get details like leraning materials. I have been trying to get details about VBA, still I can't get the details"

    Do you mean you want to *take* exams on those topics? ('Write' sounds more like "create your own exams", not "take Microsoft's certification exams".)

    Assuming that is what you meant, I think the reason you haven't found any information about Excel/VBA exams is that there aren't any still available (except for one end-user-oriented Excel exam, not developer-oriented).

    Here are all of the Excel/VBA exams that have ever been offered, as far as I know:

    70-039 Microsoft Excel 5.0 for Windows

    Launched: 1994 or earlier

    Discontinued: 1997-06-01

    70-052 Developing Applications with Microsoft Excel 5.0 Using Visual Basic for Applications

    Launched: 1994 or earlier

    Discontinued: 1998-11-01

    70-091 Designing and Implementing Solutions with Microsoft Office 2000 and Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications

    Launched: 1999-11-09

    Discontinued: 2003-06-30

    77-602 MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Excel 2007 [end-user-oriented]

    Launched: 2007-Mar

    Active

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