New Examination Path for Visual Studio 2005
The goal posts for Microsoft certification has moved yet again!
Ugh, looks like I’d better fight the demons of procrastinations and complete my MCAD at break neck speed to be in time for the upgrade.Question: Where are the Portal exams?
It's finally happening! The new certifications have been announced - The New Generation of Microsoft Certifications. There is a new credential called Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) that offers 3 paths for the .NET 2.0 Framework - Web Applications, Windows Applications and Distributed Applications. Each path consist of the compulsory Application Development Foundation exam and an exam specialized in that area. Therefore, you need atleast 4 exams to secure all the MCTS for software development.Above the MCTS is the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). For MCPD, there are also 3 paths - Web Developer, Windows Developer and Enterprise Applications Developer. You will need an additonal 'Designing and Developing' exam for each of the paths. So you will need an additional 3 exams on top of the MCTS credentials mentioned earlier to secure all MCPD credentials.The good news is, if you are a MCAD, you can take one upgrade exam for MCPD: Web Developer and one upgrade exam for MCPD: Windows Developer. If you are a MCSD, you can take two upgrade exams for MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer.I think I better start preparing now...