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Microsoft Certification - Is It For You?

Punjabi Sunil
Aug 10, 2008
Do you feel more secure when a certified mechanic works on your car?

Do your taxes get done by a professional certified Accountant?

If you are sick or injured, do you visit a certified, qualified Doctor?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, it is because you value service from someone you know is qualified and certified to do the job right. In the IT field that qualification comes in the form of Microsoft Certification. So if you want a qualified and certified professional giving you service in their field (Mechanic, Accountant, Doctor), would not an IT Company want to know that you are the best in your field and certified,qualified for the IT job/service. That is what Microsoft Certification does for you. It proves that you are among the "BEST" in your field and capable of doing the job or providing the service-competently.

You may think that Microsoft Certification is not important, and it is true. You can probably get a job anyway in the IT field without Certification, but when you do have Microsoft Certification, you have "PROOF" that you have the skills and the knowledge to work in the IT field on Microsoft Products. Today many IT Companies require Microsoft Certification as proof of your skills and competency. And in order to offer you a job they require you to be Microsoft Certified. Microsoft Certifications ensure that you are the first choice of IT Companies for jobs or the first choice for promotions if you are already employed.

What is Microsoft Certification?

This is a recognition that Microsoft gives you which proves you have special skills to get the job done. Microsoft Certifications recognize and validate your real-world IT skills, and offer a life-long career path of IT skills development.

How do You Get Certified?

Actually Microsoft Certification is not that complicated, but it is tough. You have to learn / self-study for the required course through course books available at Bookstores / Online Bookstores, or join a Training Institute which provide Training and Certification Guidance courses. After the course is completed, you have to Register and appear for the Online Exam conducted by Prometric and VUE testing centres authorized by Microsoft to conduct the Exams. You need to prepare thoroughly for the Exam, because there is a fee for taking the Online Exam, and if you fail, well there goes your money.

How to Prepare for Certification?

As you can see the certification you get will depend on the job you hold and where you want to go in the future. Often your employer will suggest certain certifications, and will sometimes pay for the certification. If you need to find out how to prepare for certification, you can do that online. The benefit of preparing for certification online, is that you get the practice tests you need, and you can study whenever and however often you want. Each certified test has a certain price that is why you need to be sure that you are well prepared for the certification test.

Microsoft Certification assures your current/future employer or future clients that they have someone that really knows what they are doing, and it gives you self confidence in yourself and security - knowing that you are fully trained in Microsoft product/products.
About the Author
I am a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP,MCSD, MCAD.Net,MCSD.Net, MCP-.Net 2.0). I have been conducting Microsoft .Net Certification Courses, Training and Certification Guidance for the past 8 years.
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