Different Microsoft Certifications for Programmers and Developers

By: Sunil Punjabi


If a business does not have the right IT team, then they may soon have some serious problems, that is why the Microsoft Certifications are so important to potential employers. The new generation of Microsoft certifications provides a simpler and more targeted framework for IT managers to validate core technical skills, professional skills, advanced skills, and architectural skills. It also provides professionals in the IT industry with a more relevant, flexible, and cost-effective way to showcase their skills.

Technology: Prove core technical skills on Microsoft technologies
The new Technology certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in the broad range of specialized technologies. Microsoft Technology Specialists are consistently capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) Certifications

Professional: Professional skills and a proven ability to perform on the job
Professional Series credentials validate a comprehensive set of skills required to be successful on the job. These skills include design, project management, operations management, and planning, and they are contextual to the job role. By validating a more comprehensive set of skills, these credentials give candidates and their hiring managers a reliable indicator of on-the-job performance.

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) Certification
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) Certification

The new Microsoft Certifications exams for .Net are the result of the Microsoft .Net Platform update to .Net Framework version 2.0. Microsoft has changed the way it certifies IT specialists, and most of the new certifications require the candidate to pass 2 Exams for MCTS instead of 1 Exam for MCP or 3 Exams for MCAD.Net (version 1.1) or 5 Exams for MCSD.Net (version 1.1), except for some like, SQL server 2005, and the BizTalk Server 2006 which only require one exam. The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications enable professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise in their specialized technologies. An MCTS is consistently capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

In the new Microsoft Certification program for .Net, there are specialty certifications for Windows based Application Development (MCTS- .Net Framework Windows Applications), Distributed Application Development (MCTS -. Net Framework Distributed Applications), and Web based Application Development (MCTS - .Net Framework Web Applications). After achieving MCTS Certification, if you would like to acquire more thorough knowledge and higher Certification, then you can also go for MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) Certification for .Net, which requires the candidate to pass one more Exam on the Windows/Distributed/Web platform. After achieving MCTS-SQL Server 2005, you can either opt for MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) as a Database Developer or Database Administrator. Each of these certifications (Developer/Administrator) requires the candidate to pass 2 more Exams.

So, to a degree Microsoft is making it a bit more difficult to get certified, but this can be beneficial to you. First because what you will study to become certified will make you an expert in your field. And secondly, because Microsoft has determined, that IT hiring managers have a difficult time trying to figure out which computer certification best qualifies an IT professional. This new type of certification will help identify the right candidates for a specific are of development-e.g Windows, Distributed, or Web. The new type of certification can help you prove your job skills and prove your qualifications making it easier for hiring managers to make the right choice, based on qualification and not on personal likes and dislikes.

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