Monday, April 23, 2012

How the Microsoft changes affect your cert path


  • MCTS – choose new MCSA certification paths. New MCTS certs will not be released as of April 2012. After the product version of your MCTS retires, your cert will become a legacy status.
  • MCITP (in general) – MCITP certifications will not be updated for future Microsoft Products versions. Unless you’re looking at MCITP EA or SA, opt for new MCSE certifications.
  • MCITP System Administrator and MCITP EnterpriseAdministratorYou automatically get the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).
  • MCITP DatabaseAdministrator 2008 and MCITP Database Developer 2008Upgrade to MCSE: Data Platform - upgrade with 3 exams. You will also get the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
  • MCITP Business Intelligence 2008 Upgrade to MCSE: Business Intelligence - upgrade with 3 exams. You will also get the MCSA: SQL Server 2012.
  • MCSA on Windows Server 2003 – You can first certify as an MCITP and then progress to the new MCSE, but it’s quicker to opt straight for the MCSE certification.