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Microsoft's New Generation of Certifications for Windows 2008

Jul 24, 2008
The Microsoft MCP, MCSA and MCSE certifications are to be replaced with a "new generation" of certifications for Windows 2008. These new certifications can be divided into three progressive levels: The Technology Series (MCTS - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist), The Professional Series (MCITP - Microsoft Certified IT Professional) and The Architect Series (MCA - Microsoft Certified Architect).

MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist):

The first level of certification, MCTS, demonstrates the individuals knowledge and skill on a particular Microsoft product. The MCTS is achieved by passing one exam on a specific Microsoft topic. Examples of MCTS certifications include: MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration; MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Application Infrastructure; and MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Networking Infrastructure Configuration.

MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional):

The MCTIP (second level certification) is achieved by passing a series of exams. There are two MCTIP certifications, MCITP: Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator. To receive the MCITP: Server Administrator certification, the candidate must pass three specific MCTS exams (earning 3 MCTS certifications along the way). The MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certification builds upon the MCITP:Server Administrator certification. The MCITP: Enterprise Administrator candidate must pass the three specific MCTS exams, a Vista MCTS exam and an Enterprise Administrator exam - five exams in all.

MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect):

The highest level of certification, the MCA, is designed for industry architects. The certification is achieved by applying for and attending 4 weeks of training, passing written and lab based exams and approval from a review board.

Upgrading from MCSA 2003 and MCSE 2003:

For those with "legacy certifications", such as the MCSE 2003 or MCSA 2003, there is an easy upgrade path to the "new generation" of certifications. With the passing of one exam, the MCSE upgrades to 3 MCTS certifications. Current MCSE's can upgrade to the MCITP: Server Administrator by passing 2 exams, or to the Enterprise Administrator by passing 3 exams. The MCSA certification upgrades to 2 MCTS certifications with the passing of just one exam. To upgrade to MCITP: Server Administrator, an MCSA must pass two exams - or four exams to become a MCITP: Enterprise Administrator.
About the Author
Sharon Toler is Certification Coordinator for AmeriTeach, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions in Denver, Colorado. For additional information on Microsoft Certification, visit here.
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