Microsoft plans to provide Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program for Exchange Server 2010 through a network of international testing centers. "Starting in summer 2011, IT engineers and consultants all over the world will have an opportunity to earn MCM status on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 by passing the required exams at one of many international testing centers," Microsoft announced.
Professionals who've earned this certification agree. "One of the things the Master certification does is further validate our expertise and give us a new level of exposure in the industry," says Joe Cirillo, a consultant at Horizon Consulting in St. Louis. Cirillo explains that he and his colleagues work with businesses that support critical information in complex infrastructures. They assist these clients in analysis, design, implementation and troubleshooting.
"Microsoft officials say the exam will maintain its level of rigor, and new testing is intended for people who have reached the Master level by working in the field. Candidates pursuing this certification will be required to take both a knowledge exam and a lab exam. The curriculum of the three-week training course in Redmond will be appropriate for individuals who feel they need classroom-based instruction before taking the test."
Navin Chand, senior product manager, Exchange says that "the MCM program for Exchange has been a success because it helps companies understand that they are getting the best possible service. "Companies want to make sure that they're getting a true expert," he explains. "And to be a Master is to be one of the elite few, the best of the best.""
[Source: Microsoft Press]