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July 23, 2009  3:14 AM

MCP Exam Voucher Winner John C.



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCNA, continuing education, CTT+, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCP+I, MCSE, MCTS

John C, Virgina Beach, VA 1. What do you currently do for a living? I am a Systems Engineer and work with databases – primarily SQL Server but some Oracle. I started on SQL Server version 6.5 and have tested on all versions since then. This has been my work for the last ten years. Prior to...

July 21, 2009  1:54 PM

The enduring value of IT certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCTS, Network+

In running the contest to select winners for some MCP exam vouchers graciously donated by Microsoft, and in profiling four of the six winners (so far, I'm still chasing the other two) I've found myself revisiting several thoughts and ideas that have confronted me throughout my dozen years toiling...


May 11, 2009  5:21 PM

MS Certification Profusion Leads to Confusion?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
adult education, continuing education, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MC Master, MCITP, MCP, MCSE, MCTS, Microsoft Architect, MS certification

In the latest round of articles posted at one of my favorite IT Certification Websites, GoCertify.com, guest author and full-time trainer Brian Nelson raises some interesting issues about the latest...


May 4, 2009  3:27 PM

Erik Eckel Opines on “10 Best IT Certifications”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCIE, CCNA, CISSP, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Network+, PMP, Secuirty+

In digging through some Microsoft PR materials recently, I came across mention of a Top 10 IT certification list that Erik Eckel put together for TechRepublic, later reprinted by big-time training company Global Knowledge. Though it's...


April 27, 2009  4:30 PM

MCPBACK gets you your next MCP exam for $25



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCP exam, MCPBACK, MCPD, MCTS, Microsoft Certified Professional exam, SecondShot

Microsoft MCP exams — which include any and all exams that count toward MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD — usually cost $125 a pop. Right now, if you sign up for any MCP that leads to one of those three credentials, you can get it for a mere $25. But you have to act fast: this offer extends only to the...


March 30, 2009  4:55 PM

Windows 7 Exams Are Coming!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
BDD, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCTS, MDOP, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685, MS Exam 70-686, WAIK

The "Born to Learn" blog from Microsoft Learning is proving to be an effective and useful source of advance information from MS. Call it a "source of planned leaks" and you wouldn't be at all out of line. Fortunately, MS Learning has been forthcoming and straightforward enough for this to be a...


November 14, 2008  3:24 PM

A Conversation with Bill Wall, MS Director of Certification and Career Excellence, about performance based testing



Posted by: Ed Tittel
70-640, IT careers, MCTS, Microsoft Windows, PBT, Performance-based testing

To begin today's blog, I need to disclose some shared background and history with Mr. Wall. He's the guy who developed the Novell Certified Engineer (CNE) program at Novell at the same time that I worked there (from 1987 through 1994) and who developed Novell's excellent performance based testing...


November 3, 2008  6:15 PM

Microsoft’s First Foray into Performance Based Testing Extended Again



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT certification, MCTS, Microsoft Windows

Anybody who's followed the IT certification game for any length of time is aware of two basic types of tests used to assess candidate skills and knowledge: static, question-and-answer testing and dynamic, performance-based testing. For the former, you sit down in front of a screen or face a piece...


October 6, 2008  3:02 PM

Microsoft Certified IT Professional Credentials



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS, Work background

To some extent, it's fair to look at the MCITP credentials as an answer to the question: "Where do MCTS on the networking/admin side go for the next rung in the MS certification ladder?" This is territory that's still being explored and mapped, because a growing crop of new MCTS certified...


October 3, 2008  3:31 PM

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Certs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCTS

A quick look at the MCTS Web page confirms several observations:

  • Lots of credentials fall under this umbrella (32 in all)
  • These credentials cover lots of different ground: .NET Framework 2.0 (3) and 3.5...


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