Knock Knock. Who’s There? Hopefully someone who can explain the ‘new generation’ of Microsoft Certification.

Hello. So, we’re getting better about explaining why and how we made changes to the structure of MIcrosoft Certification that we announced in November 2005, but I know that we aren’t even half-way there to get all customers and employers totally familiar and comfortable with what the new titles (MCTS, MCITP, MCPD) mean, or how to translate them when we are used to talking about MCAD, MCSD, MCSE, MCDST…

One idea to help is to give yous guys (that was not a typo, i said yous guys, because i am Microsoft’s in-house lady mob boss) some stuff to help get the word out. Like, a short PowerPoint deck with speakers notes (background and purpose of the new structure, one-slide views of all the new paths, and an idea of where the classic certs (on older MSFT technology) and new gen certs run in to each other)–or a better piece of collateral that explains what you think your peers/manager would want to know? Maybe we could do something where you tell us who you presented the material to (user groups or your organization?) and then we send you a New Gen Rocker! leather jacket (just kidding, but maybe soemthign)? Do we need to do a road-show at events? In any case, I’m planning kind of a train-the-trainer session for April or May to talk JUST about the new gen structure. Any other suggestions in the meantime?   

Comments (5)

  1. Alfred Myers says:

    A PowerPoint deck and other types of material would certainly help to clear things up.

  2. Andy says:

    At the CPLS where I contract I was stopped in the hallway ONCE AGAIN this week and asked; How do the new exams fit within the SA/SE and DST, and what about the new certs, what are they for?

    Wall posters have always been a nice way of summarizing what’s new and what’s required to get there.

    I’ll get the thumbtacks…

  3. quincycheng says:

    How about a 5 min Flash animation apart from PowerPoint deck?  It will help my boss & peers stop looking for something like  "MCSA/MCSE :Messaging for exchange 2007". 😛

  4. gomcse2002 says:

    Hello Trika

    Try to create MCSE, MCSA, MCDST etc as different kinds of Super Hero. Each one has it owns specialised area.


  5. Ed Branch says:

    One thing of note from an Employer standpoint is that there hasn’t been anything official in the way of how the new accreditations will count toward Partner status.

    My employer is reluctant to pay for exams for the MCTS qualifications because of this.

    It would be really handy to know whether the new qualifications will work like MCPs do in regards to this.