Revisiting Anne Martinez’s latest GoCertify “Certification Watch” newsletter reminded me of my blog dated 11/9/2010 which discusses the elimination of the $18,000 classroom training requirement heretofore associated with every Microsoft Certified Master program for the specific MCM associated with SQL Server 2008. Upon learning about this development, I’d hoped to see other MCM offerings quickly following suit, but alas, that appears not to be the case. I’m going to forward this blog to my MS Learning contact at Waggener-Edstrom (Microsoft’s PR agency) to see what kind of response it engenders, but right now all I see is a training discount for $3,500 on any of the other MCM programs (except for Windows Directory R2, for which the discount is $1,000) for those who are fast enough to complete the exams and the application process by the end of 2010.
For the record, the MCM programs are as follows:
The asterisk after the SQL Server 2008 means that “training is optional,” to use MIcrosoft’s language to explain the special deal that the SQL Server team has put together. Given that the other subject areas — especially Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Directory Services — also enjoy subtantial numbers of highly qualified and expert practitioners, it would be really nice if MS decided to turn this into a change of policy across the board. Failing that, I’ll be very interested to see what kind of response I get from the MS Learning folks to this suggestion. I’m supposed to talk to Lutz Ziob, the General Manager for MS Learning, some time in December, and may also bring this up with him should the opportunity present. Stay tuned!