When I blogged back on July 27 about a Microsoft recertification survey (“Microsoft Seeks Recert Feedback“), I was already more than half-convinced that a new era of Microsoft certification might be about to dawn. The first article in Anne Martinez’ most recent Certification Watch newsletter (Volume14#10, 8/16/2011) goes a long way to confirm my presumption. Therein she cites the appearance of some brand-new content and requirements associated with the brand-new Windows Phone Certification. Here’s a screen cap that tells this story pretty eloquently:
Notice the new recert requirement language at the bottom of this table!
Here’s what the fine print at the bottom says, verbatim, for those who may not be able to parse the preceding screenshot: “*Note that candidates who earn the MCPD: Windows Phone Developer certification will be required to show continued competence in this technology area by completing a recertification exam every two years.”
And there you have the first concrete and irrefutable evidence that a new era for MS certification is dawning. I’m contacting folks in MS Learning to get such information as they may be willing to divulge about how this will fold into the MCTS, MCITP, MCM, and other Microsoft certifications over time. Very interesting!