IT Career JumpStart

Aug 20 2010   4:30PM GMT

Buy More, Save More on MS Certification Costs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

When I go shopping, nothing awakes my acquisitive spirit like the prospect of buying more stuff to save more money. Of course, this principle applies only if you really, really like what you buy — as regular shoppers at wholesale clubs such as Costco (my personal favorite), BJ’s, Sam’s Club, and so forth can tell. When you go home with that gallon jug of seven bean salad you’re much more likely to buy a second one later if your reaction is something less lukeware than “Hey! That’s not too bad!” (I won’t even bother discussing some of our less inspired purchases that resulted in immediate donations to our compost heap.)

With a “buying more means saving more” premise in mind, Microsoft has teamed up with Prometric Services to offer a “Grow Your Career” campaign. This program targets would-be and working IT professionals, and seeks to draw them into any of a number of career paths with associated Microsoft learning and certification offerings to help them walk along those paths. Click the “Grow Your Careers” tab on this Microsoft Learning page to see what’s up with that.

But here’s the “buy in bulk” pitch from MS, snipped and clipped from the actual offer page:

The more you buy, the more you save

The more you buy, the more you save

For verisimilitude (or whatever) the fingerprints and coffee stains on the clipped graphic are on the original: I swear those aren’t my work! ;-) But the bottom line for this offer, which can save nearly $100 (93.75) on the biggest package (not to mention the free second shot offer that applies to all 2-exam packs or higher) is that you can save by buying enough exams for various certifications if you plunk your cash down all at once.

But like the seven-bean salad at Costco, if you’re going to buy a great big, heaping helping, you’d better be sure you like what you’re buying, and that your appetite is big enough to put the whole serving away. All such exams and retakes have to be completed by June 30, 2011, so you have less than one year to exercise your options for discount exams and retakes. You’d better get going! And while you’re at it, cruise over the Prometric certpacks page to sign up and pay for your selections.

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