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    I got an email from Prometric this morning. Sure, it's a marketing email, they are trying to sell me exam sets.

    But here's the gist of it:

    "Microsoft has reinvented it's certification program"
    That sounds good, right? I mean, sure it was done 3-4 years ago when they moved from MCP/MCSA/MCSE to MCTS and MCITP. Most everyone is now onboard - It's not like there isn't still recruiters looking for MCSE certifications.

    So what do these new, wonderous certifications bring?

    Well, they are apparently aimed at building cloud related skills. This is definitely important, as it's where the industry is going. The specific wording is "support the industry shift to cloud-computing by building cloud related and solution based skills validation...." (see how I bolded that S? You'll understand why later.)

    One of the major changes at the bottom of this email, is the line "To keep pace with ever-changing technology, Microsoft certifications now require that you recertify every 2-3 years."

    This is, probably, a good thing. I think it puts the certification more in line with Cisco certs.

    However, here's the part that made me go WTF, is this an April Fools email?
    Admittedly, I did read the email at 6:30am. So I've re-read it.

    What are the new certificates called?

    Well, there's an associate certificate. And an Expert certificate. And a Master certificate. Nicely structured, clear progression. That's good, right?

    But let's not forget. These are Microsoft Certifications. So they need to start with an M for Microsoft, and then.. well, I guess a C for Certified.

    So we'll all be Microsoft Certified Associates, or Experts, or Masters, right?

    No.
    Notice above, how I made that S bold ? The S stands for Solution.

    So now, you'll be a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

    Say what?


    I'm not at all saying they shouldn't be constantly updating curriculum and focus for certification - don't get me wrong. I'm sure they are fantastically relevant certs.

    I just question the idiocy of the naming. We've spent 5 years now, trying to teach recruiters that "no, I don't have an MCSE, I have an MCITP, which is actually NEWER and more relevant"

    why on EARTH would thye go back to the old naming scheme ?
    Maybe it's because the old scheme was widely recognised?
    It looks like the new "MCSA" Cert requirements are exactly the same as the MCITP:SA cert...

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    Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

    You may be on to something. Even today, I think the MCSE acronym is more widely recognized when compared to the MCITP. In conversations with others in the industry, I have noticed on several occasions that some have mixed up the letters in the MCITP cert. Never experienced this when referring to MCSE. I just don't see that the newer certification names have become a "household" name. It could just be me though...
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      Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

      http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/...fications.aspx
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        Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

        haha.. tehcamel... that's right.. I've never thought of that..

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          Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

          I found the same yesterday -- after all the "MCSE" is past it, its nice to have it back, but it seems very limited and confused at the moment.

          It will also require re-education of recruiters etc as it will now be "MCSE(whatever)" rather than MCSE which everyone understood
          Tom Jones
          MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
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            Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

            Some time ago I participated in a Microsoft survey about the naming of certifications. I also got the Prometric mailing, so that must be the result of the survey. The mcse seems quite limited at the moment.
            gerth

            MCITP sa, ea & va, sysadmin@cydonia.

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            • #7
              Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

              They appear to be doing a trawl of MCPs and awarding the new certs -- I just got an email "Congratulations on your new certification" and lo-and-behold I am now a "Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Server 2008" (email actually says "Server 2008 Core" which confused the hell out of me!)

              Now, for someone who has a "real" MCSA, how do you record the "new" MCSA and differentiate between the two?
              Tom Jones
              MCT, MCSE (2000:Security & 2003), MCSA:Security & Messaging, MCDBA, MCDST, MCITP(EA, EMA, SA, EDA, ES, CS), MCTS, MCP, Sec+
              PhD, MSc, FIAP, MIITT
              IT Trainer / Consultant
              Ossian Ltd
              Scotland

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              • #8
                Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

                Is also got a email with with "Congratulations on Your Microsoft Certification!" So now I'm also a new MCSA.
                gerth

                MCITP sa, ea & va, sysadmin@cydonia.

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                • #9
                  Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

                  pretty sure mine now says "MCSA1" and "MCSA"

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                    Re: Microsoft certifications "reinvented"

                    I got the same message, that I'm a MCSA on Windows 2008, Dunno why and/or how, yet I fear it might lower the value of MCITP:Enterprise Administrator...

                    I also received an email about the new certification tracks.
                    I'm a bit lost now what Microsoft is doing.
                    First, it was MCSA/MCSE for years, then MCTS en MCITP. Ok fine, re-teaching my management, recruiters etc, now we are back with MCSA and MCSE yet they are different acronyms. That means re-teaching again. Will Microsoft gonna pay my many hours I've to put into it?

                    But besides bitching about the Microsoft who's keep turning there asses around I did notice this certification path, Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert - Private Cloud.

                    I think I'm gonna like that one and I only need to take 2 exams about system center 2012...
                    Never worked with System Center, let alone System Center 2012. The moment my Technet is renewed (it's expired ) I think I'm gonna to play with it in my lab environment.
                    Marcel
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                    MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
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