Changes to Microsoft Certifications
Microsoft have begun to re-organise their certification structure. Over the next 12 months certain certifications will be retired and replaced with MCSE, MCSA, MCSD or MCSM equivalents. The following certification types are still valid:
- MCTS - Microsoft Certified Technical Series
- MCITP - Microsoft Certified IT Professional
- MCPD - Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
Certification Types Explained:
Microsoft Technical Certification Expained Technology Series (MCTS) – 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 and expertise in the broad range of specialised technologies. Microsoft Technology Specialists are consistently capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.
Professional Series (MCITP) – 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.
Microsoft Certified Master (MCPD)
The MCPD certification provides you, your peers, and employers with unbiased proof of your developer skills using Microsoft Visual Studio, the Microsoft .NET Framework, and other development technologies. In addition, MCPD certification provides you with access to exclusive resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a global network of certified developers. MCPD certification requires two to three years of relevant experience and a commitment to remaining current in best practices and technologies.
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