In the past months, I've been writing a few posts on Microsoft certifications. Since there is more information available now, it's time to give an update:

Free Second Shot offer has been extended

From the website:

"Due to popular demand, the Second Shot offer has been extended through June 30, 2008! For a limited time, you can take advantage of this free offer—a second shot at any IT professional, developer, or Microsoft Dynamics certification exam. Just register for this offer before your first exam, and you will get two chances to pass."

Several developers (and some their managers ;-) ) have been telling me that they have been taking successful use of the offer. (And of course, almost everybody succeeded at the first shot... <grin> It seems to remain difficult to admit that one failed an exam. But don't worry, you don't have to tell anyone that you used the Second Shot offer...)

Webcasts on certification

Microsoft Learning has been running several webcasts on certification:

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.NET Framework 3.5 beta certification exams

Gerry O'Brien announced that .NET Framework 3.5 beta exams have been extended for a short time. Without giving any guarantee that you'll be able to take them, in his blog post Gerry also shares the code that allows you to register for the following beta exams (depending on availability of a seat):

  • 71-502 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Presentation Foundation (Extended through 8 February 2008)
  • 71-503 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows Communication Foundation (Extended through 1 February 2008)
  • 71-504 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Workflow Foundation (Extended through 8 February 2008)

Did you know that Serge Luca, a Belgian MVP, has been helping Microsoft on the Windows Workflow Foundation exam as a subject matter expert?