Microsoft announced a series of changes to its Microsoft Certification Program for IT professionals and developers, to help navigate their own path, while also making it clearer for hiring managers to identify credentials that offer the greatest value to their organization's needs.
"Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud. The revamped program is a wholesale new approach to ensure certified individuals have the skills required to steward an organization's journey to the cloud."
"The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows employers and peers that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market. Forecasts show that public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide between now and 2015," says Don Field, senior director of product management for Microsoft.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) emphasizes solutions
Microsoft has reinvented its certifications to validate the skill sets needed to develop, deploy, and maintain Microsoft technology solutions. These certifications recognize IT Pros and Developers who have skill sets that run both broad and deep. The new certification framework has also been streamlined to three skill levels to make it easier to navigate:
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, provides a clear starting point for job seekers early in their technology career. Candidates must prove they have the required skills to hit the ground running. This level represents a foundation and is the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE. This certification validates the core skills you need to get your 1st job in IT.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or its developer equivalent, Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), is Microsoft's flagship certification for individuals who want to lead their organization's transition to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals and developers with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certification differentiates the select few from their peers and represents the highest bar of knowledge and skills validation. This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.
Heres is the Microsoft Certification infographic: (click to englarge)
In this "Behind the scenes: Designing Microsoft's reinvented certifications," Dr. Sneath and Dr. Munson, talk about how Microsoft designs its certification exams as well as some new and more interactive question types for IT Pros and Developers -- and how the latest technologies like private cloud, SQL Server 2012 and Windows 8 are being addressed with new certifications.