Microsoft and the Help Desk Institute (HDI) have teamed up to define a new IT professional credential on Windows 7. It’s called the MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7 aka MCITP: EDST7 and adds a requirement to pass one of two HDI hardware exams to the base level MCITP .
The base level MS requirements are:
The HDI exams are:
Although other credentials (such as MCSA and MCSA) have permitted CompTIA certifications to be applied for credit in lieu of other MCP exams, this is the first time that Microsoft has required a third-party certification as part and parcel of earning an MS credential. It should be interesting to see how this turns out. For more information about applying the HDI exam for credit toward the MCITP: EDST7 credential, check out this Microsoft Certification page on the HDI site.