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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Designs Certifications to Prevent Integrity of Own Program

    dbmynx (from our TechEd Connect group ) just reported a funny editorial miss in a resource book (apparently in Sybex MCITP Developer 2005 Database Solutions Design): "The new Microsoft certifications have been designed to prevent the integrity of its certification programs...' This is the first...
  • Blog Post: I am a bad friend

    If you missed the Certification 101 live meeting, you can watch the recording here . I'm sorry it took me so long to post this. We talk about: value and benefits of Microsoft Certification (IT pro and developer only) what the certifications are called and what your options are preparing for your exam...
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework 3.5 Certifications

    If there is one thing you should know about Visual Studio 2008 certifications... it is that there are three things you should know. There are six MCTS certifications to choose from to show off your specific technology skill set. Three of those six can be earned today. There are three MCPD certifications...
  • Blog Post: Certification Live Meetings

    All in one place... here's what coming up. Please help get the word out! T Windows Server 2008 Certification: From the Beginning Let Us Help You Prepare: Cram for Your First Exam on Vista, Windows Server, or Visual Studio! .NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008 Certification Redmond CSI: Anti...
  • Blog Post: Have you taken exams 70-271 or 70-272?

    Are you nice? Excellent. Check this out: MCP mentors is a cool new program some people around here are cooking up, through which our certified community helps others get started in IT. To participate in this pilot, it makes most sense if you are in eastern U.S. or Canada, so you're in the same time...
  • Blog Post: Tomorrow: Certification's Palindromic Prime

    Hi. Please remind your cert-curious friends and colleagues about tomorrow's Microsoft Certification 101 meeting. Per wikipedia , "101" is not only a palindromic prime (well, obviously) but also a "beginning-level or basic course number... An example would be English 101, which may be a...
  • Blog Post: What do you think.

    No, really, what do you think? My friend in our marketing team asked me* to post this. We are " looking for feedback from MCPs on Second Shot and certification. So not only those who took advantage of the offer but those who heard about it but didn't act..." This survey has 12 questions, is all, would...
  • Blog Post: Wee list of exams that will retire in 2009

    Here is the list I've seen kicked around for exams that we'll announce to retire in a year+ from now (to retire in 2009). We'll include a notice in the MCP newsletter when it is published and official, but thought you might like to know what's coming. Don't hold me to this, please. Things always change...
  • Blog Post: I think you will like this.

    Microsoft certifications for new technologies--in the MCTS, MCPD, MCITP format--will retire when Microsoft discontinues mainstream support for the underlying technology ( Gerry posted this earlier). At retirement, your certifications will move to a 'retired' section on your MCP transcript, so you can...
  • Blog Post: Certification 101

    At the suggestion and example of many of you good people, for example, our friend Wayne , we are hosting a Certification 101 Live Meeting in April. Certification 101: Getting Started with Microsoft Certification Audience: IT Professionals, developers who think they might like to get certified,...
  • Blog Post: Be the first to know about VS2008 and SQL2008 exams

    Sign up to get a notice on the day the Visual Studio 2008 exams and SQL Server 2008 exams go live. VS are coming up soonish, and SQL are a long way out. I encourage you to let go of your legacy methodologies--floundering, shooting-in-dark, wild poking-about--and sign up to let us tell you exactly when...
  • Blog Post: Nobody as raw as you, son.

    Oh, wait.     It looks like there are a few other people as raw as you.   http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx    But your game is still, um, pretty tight, or whatever.       "Ask around the streets, man, I'm certified, cross seas all my customers are satisfied.  Ask around the hood,...
  • Blog Post: A little something to tide you over

    And I'm not talking about a string cheese, if you know what I mean. And what I mean is, here is some information about WS2008 certification and books. 2008 EXAM NOTICES + A LITTLE SUGAR Because we're getting more and more questions about availability of the WS2008 exams, and because we're not always...
  • Blog Post: Numbers of certified

    I am in San Diego, California, where people are going nuts, having learned that our listing of certified professionals now includes Microsoft Certified Trainers. Even the surfers, waiting for a wave next to the pier outside my window, are pumping their fists victoriously, stoked at the news. Number of...
  • Blog Post: This just in

    As Alice noted, the numbers certified WW page has been updated: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx .
  • Blog Post: Register for your free 'Second Shot' on your next exam

    As of now, you can get going on your next exam knowing that if you don't pass it, you can take it again for free. A reminder of how it works, a complicated two-step process. Register for the offer FIRST via Microsoft.com Then register for your exam via Prometric Follow up to your earlier questions: This...
  • Blog Post: New exams

    We keep a list of exams that come out each month (at least we have been since May...after something of a long delay) This includes announcement of localized exams. Check it .
  • Blog Post: what's new, MCPussycat

    Hello. Apparently, even with YT out of the office, people were still able to accomplish things at MIcrosoft. Though this damages my sense of self-worth and hurts my feelings a little, I won't stop you from hearing the new bits, as follows: Lifecycle policies for new generation (that I poasted about earlier...
  • Blog Post: Coatsie is 1 in 647

    One announcement and two notes. a1. At TechEd Australia, we gave hats to people who passed exams on site... then we took a group photo on the last day. A group certified photo might sound a little odd, but it actually was one of the most fun things we did all day. As soon as I get a copy of the photo...
  • Blog Post: I'm at TechReady5.

    About 5,000 people from Microsoft's technical field is here in Seattle for the twice annual field readiness event. I'm hanging out in the study hall next to the test center (run by... wait for it....Pearson VUE!). The attendees are all MSFT people and get to take the exams for free, which is cool; they...
  • Blog Post: Lifecycle of new generation certifications

    Hi. It's me, Trika. One of the selling points of the "new generation" certification program we keep harping about is currency . In a nutshell, the intent of the new program is that an employer or project manager can look at your Microsoft certification and know you are up on a specific Microsoft release...
  • Blog Post: Community resources for certification

    Can you post/send me community/forum/resource sites related to certification that you find helpful? I'd like to put pointers to some info (beyond just our MSFT-platform things) on our community resource pages on MIcrosoft.com, in the newsletters, etc. Especially helpful for people new to certification...
  • Blog Post: Perps On the Run! (or, Issues in Certification I.P.)

    Certification is big business these days... and therefore lots of people are looking for ways to capitalize on it, by making money selling plagiarized exam intellectual property (IP) or by cheating on exams to get a short-cut to certification. So, that is not ideal. Microsoft and others do a lot of work...
  • Blog Post: Estonian Professional Seeks Office Exam (or, why cert test centers in some places?)

    Microsoft doesn't own or operated any test centers for any of our exams... we partner with test provider specialists. We need to work with experts in that field to make sure the testing environment is as secure, up to date, and comfortable as possible for you guys; and Microsoft is not in the business...
  • Blog Post: This Just In, Somewhat Recently: 'braindump' settlement

    So I got the OK to share some news about Microsoft's settlement with Testking. From our perspective, and hopefully your perspective, and hopefully the perspective of other IT certification programs... it is really good news. Here is part of the internal announcement from Shon, our Microsoft Learning...
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