Holy smokes, Microsoft changed the certification schema again

Now that I finished reading the Web Developer’s certification training book
and was about to do all the labs and get my hands on the Exam Cram book
I read that MS will be changing the certifications next month and I might need to upgrade my skills, right before getting the MCP exam. Ok, Ok, I knew this might happen, I just didn’t know it would be so soon…

Here’s a paragraph taken from the original article:

According to Valvano, Microsoft will follow tradition, releasing exams for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 about 45 days after the release of the products to the general public. Those exams, however, won’t fit into the traditional MCP schema that one might be familiar with. Instead, Microsoft will introduce a new framework for certification that will pair up a credential with a skill-identifying certification based on a tiered approach consisting of the following credentials:

  • Tier 1: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist will require simply passing one to three exams based on a Microsoft technology. As products meet the end of the support lifecycle, its related exam will be retired.
  • Tier 2: Microsoft Certified IT Professional or Professional Developer require a Technology Specialist certification, plus one to three more exams, based on the requirement for a particular path. This tier is tied to job role at an organization, such as Database Developer or Business Intelligence. Recertification will be required to maintain status at this level.
  • Tier 3: Microsoft Certified Architect is a rigorous, board-level certification that requires recertification. Achieving Technology Specialist or IT Professional or Professional Developer certification not a prerequisite to attaining this level of certification.

Okay, I honestly don’t know if taking the MCP exam at all…

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