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About Microsoft's new certifications MCPD, MCTS, MCA

Microsoft's new certification programs MCTS, MCPD and MCA were designed to highlight a candidate's skill in a principal technology set. Each exam now focuses more on core technical and professional skills rather than the old fashion 'broad range of knowledge'. Using this specific set of criteria, individuals can channel their study towards a certification that meets their exact needs.

In contrast to the older certification paths such as MCSD, the new program provides quicker certification paths that are targeted to specific job roles or technologies. IT professionals can quickly gain significant credentials to prove their expertise by passing fewer exams. In addition, companies can more easily ensure that IT professionals applying for positions have the necessary skills for their demands and future projects. Its great news for candidates because you have shorter study times and a more affordable certification path.

Job seekers and managers will both benefit from the new changes. The certification framework makes it easier for managers to distinguish candidates that meet specific job criteria. The naming of the certifications is one of the big changes. Each certification path now has a unique title for the skill set that it applies to. For example, the MCTS certification has several variations such as Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications. By using fewer credentials and logos, Microsoft have made it easier to understand qualifications while still offering a high level of distinction. These all go to make the Microsoft certifications an essential recruitment tool which continues to drive the marketplace for high paying jobs.

Microsoft have introduced 3 new certification paths:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
This series validates core technology and product skills, such as how-to or implementation skills.

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
This series validates specific job-role skills outside of the core technology, such as operational processes, operational procedures, and analyzing business problems.

Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
This series validates the skills that are required to affect business IT successfully. These skills include technical breadth, technical depth, communication, strategy, organizational politics, process, and leadership.








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