New generation of Microsoft Certifications

The New Generation of Microsoft Certifications

The new generation of Microsoft certifications is more specific and targeted to reflect the detail of what you do and to prove your expertise to those who need to know.

Consisting of three series and four credentials, the new generation of Microsoft certifications provides a simpler and more targeted framework for IT managers to validate core technical skills, professional skills, and architectural skills. It also provides professionals in the IT industry with a more relevant, flexible, and cost-effective way to showcase their skills.

The Technology Series: Proven Core Technical Skills on Microsoft Technologies

The Technology Series certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge of and expertise in the broad range of technologies with which they work. Microsoft Technology Specialists are consistently capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

The Technology Series certifications:

  • Typically consist of one to three exams.
  • Are focused on a key Microsoft product or technology.
  • Do not include job-role skills.
  • Will be retired when mainstream product support for the particular technology expires.

There are currently five Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist certifications. More will become available as new technologies are introduced. The five certifications are:

The Professional Series: Professional Skills and a Proven Ability to Perform on the Job

Professional Series credentials validate a comprehensive set of skills required to be successful on the job. These skills include design, project management, operations management, and planning, and they are contextual to the job role. By validating a more comprehensive set of skills, these credentials give candidates and their hiring managers a reliable indicator of on-the-job performance.

The Professional Series certifications:

  • Typically consist of one to three exams.
  • Have one or more prerequisites from the Technology Series.
  • Are focused on single job role.
  • Require recertification to maintain active status.

Microsoft currently offers two Professional series credentials:

The Architect Series: Exemplary Business IT Skills and a Proven Ability to Deliver Business Solutions

The Microsoft Certified Architect Program identifies top industry experts in IT architecture. These prestigious professionals have a minimum of 10 years of advanced IT industry experience, have 3 or more years of experience as a practicing architect, possess strong technical and managerial skills, and form an elite community. Unlike other industry certifications, this credential was built and is granted by the architect community. Candidates must pass a rigorous review by the Review Board, which is made up of previously certified peer architects.

The Architect Series certifications:

  • Have a rigorous and competitive entry process.
  • Require the candidate to work closely with a mentor who is a Microsoft Certified Architect.
  • Culminate in an oral review in front of previously certified architects.
  • Require recertification.

Learn more about the Microsoft Certified Architect Program

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3 Responses to New generation of Microsoft Certifications

  1. Unknown says:

    Hi . . My MCP fellows . , I am a fresh fruit here.I have experience abt 2 years in IT field..doing desktops (more) and server set up (less). Now I am planning to get MCSA 2003 before next year july. So.. I start doing some research abt the training center and self learning methods . . currently, I can\’t afford to attend the training courses as I got tight budget…to make this story shot, I choose to study on my own with 3GHz pc , the VM ware 5.0 and 1.5 GHz of RAM …Now The big problem is that which self-paced training books to choose ???? Could u all give me some suggestions and advices ..abt the following books . .usually, they will come as the training kit..right..like bundle of 70-290,70-291,70-293,70-294 1.MS press 2.Exam Cram 3.Sybex I will be waiting for all your replies.. Thanks Manson TSO(Technical Support Officer) Singapore Polytechnic

  2. Tarique says:

    Last week, Microsoft posted three guides for new exams that will count toward the new-generation certifications that the company announced earlier this week. Each of the exams will be beta tested in November, with live release in the first quarter of 2006, according to Microsoft.Two of the exams, 70-431, TS: SQL Server 2005-Implementation and Maintenance and 70-528, TS: .NET Framework 2.0-Web-based Client Development, will count toward fulfillment of the basic Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist designation.Exam 70-431 is aimed at those wanting to prove expertise as a database administrator, database developer or business intelligence developer whose work primarily will involve SQL Server 2005. Microsoft recommends this exam for those currently possessing an MCDBA on SQL Server 2000 and want to update their certification with SQL Server 2005 skills. (However, Microsoft also notes that the MCDBA won\’t be retired, as certifications don\’t have an expiration date.) Those who pass exam 70-431 will also have completed a requirement for the premium Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Developer , MCITP: Database Administrator and MCITP: Business Intelligence Developer titles. Microsoft expects the exam to be beta tested in November; while in beta, the exam will be numbered 71-431.Exam 70-528, TS: .NET Framework 2.0-Web-based Client Development will find appeal among those who develop Web-based projects using Microsoft technologies. Microsoft recommends this exam to those who "work on a team in a medium or large development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Enterprise Edition or Microsoft Visual Studio 2005," as stated on the exam objective guide. The company also recommends that "candidates should have at least one year of experience developing Web-based applications on .NET Framework 1.0/1.1/2.0," as well as solid expertise with Visual Studio 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. The exam will be numbered 71-528 while in beta; it\’s expected to be beta tested in the fourth quarter of 2005, with general release planned for February 2006. Those who pass the beta or live version will earn an MCTS title, and can use it as fulfillment toward the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer: Web Developer, MCPD: Windows Developer and MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer certs. Professional developers who design and implement database solutions are the primary audience for exam 70-441, PRO: Designing Database Solutions Using SQL Server 2005, according to the exam objective guide. The guide also states that those who plan to take the exam should have at least three years of experience with database development work, gathering requirements and troubleshooting. The exam will be beta tested in November, with the live version expected in early 2006. Candidates who pass this exam plus exam 70-431 will have completed two of the three exams needed to earn the MCITP: Database Developer title.Instructor-led training, e-Learning courses and Microsoft Press self-study kits will be made available later this year; to find out more, see the exam objective guides:70-431, TS: SQL Server 2005-Implementation 70-528, TS: .NET Framework 2.0-Web-based Client Development 70-441, PRO: Designing Database Solutions Using SQL Server 2005 Registration for the beta exams has yet to be opened to the public. Beta exams are free to those who are invited to take it and receive a free voucher code from Microsoft, and can be taken at selected Pearson Vue and Sylvan Prometric testing centers worldwide. To find out more, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcpexams/status/beta.asp. When the exams go live, they\’ll be available for $125 in the U.S. (international pricing will vary by region).

  3. Tarique says:

    Tarique, That\’s Good u r some of the top blogger to published new certifications new but u may also some consideration on windows families like i add something for u.Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 is a new member of the Windows Server family that will allow researchers and engineers to achieve faster time to insight by using high performance, affordable clusters of x64 systems. With prescriptive installation scripts and automated setup processes that lead novice administrators through setup tasks, Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 removes the administrative barriers found in common high-performance computing configurations. The operating system user interface and management console uses the familiar Windows look and feel that further simplifies and eases cluster management and administration. Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 provides a complete job scheduler to help submit and track workloads on the cluster. Parallel applications can be run with full MPI support provided, using the MS MPI which is an implementation of the MPI-2 standard. Leading applications from key ISVs can be run on the cluster to help individuals and organizations meet their needs in a timely and cost-effective yet high performance manner. Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003 provides seamless integration with Windows for security, storage, and user productivity. For developers of parallel applications, Visual Studio 2005 is enhanced with parallel debugging capabilities that support MS MPI.Yours,Fahad

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