Project/Project Server Certifications


At TechEd there were lots of questions about certifications for Project–you might have seen some of the articles on it. Exams are still in development so there isn’t much public info yet, but I talked to my friend Marie in my office, who knows things, and she told me:

There will be three “new gen” certifications coming out in the next three calendar quarters, making up Microsoft’s Office Project 2007 certifications. You will see full public information posted starting in late June via the MSL website <we’ll have a Live Meeting later in the summer to go over details, too>

  • For each certification there will be one course and one exam.
  • To achieve the IT PRO certification, both MCTS certifications must be completed first.
  • Preliminary release timing: We expect the first MCTS to release in late August, the 2nd MCTS to release late November and the MCITP to release Q1 2008. Please note these dates are preliminary and subject to change.

To give you a better sense of the topics covered with each certification track, here’s an advance view of the certification descriptions:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Microsoft Office Project 2007

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential for Office Project 2007 validates the skills of project managers who use Microsoft Office Project 2007 as team members, project leads, project managers, schedulers, or in other roles that require the ability to build, maintain, and control well-formed project plans. This candidate is involved in or responsible for scheduling, estimating, coordinating, controlling, budgeting, and staffing projects and supporting other users of Office Project. A familiarity with key project management concepts and terminology is also recommended.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential for Office Project Server 2007 provides industry recognition for project managers or other users of Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 and Project Server 2007 who manage and support both simple and complex projects in an enterprise environment. This candidate can use Office Project 2007 or Project Server 2007 to manage project and non-project efforts, risks, issues, documents, task progress, and timesheets. This candidate should be familiar with the key project management concepts and terminology found in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide).

Microsoft Certified IT Professional for Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential for Office Project Server 2007 provides industry recognition for project managers or other users of Microsoft Office Project Professional 2007 and Project Server 2007 who manage and support projects in an Enterprise Project Management (EPM) environment. This candidate can manage projects in the EPM environment, including project and non-project efforts, risks, issues, documents, task progress, and timesheets. This candidate should have in-depth knowledge with key project management concepts and terminology found in the Project Management Institute’s A Guide to the Project Management Book of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide). In addition, this candidate will have earned both the MCTS Office Project 2007 and MCTS Office Project Server 2007 certifications.

Comments (9)

  1. dave says:

    mmmm sounds cool.

    I still haven’t quite grasped if this is tool focused or methodology focused. Yes of course both … but are these certs really about "Project Management" or are the about the management of PM  tools.

    the focus and needs are different – but both are important to different people (just as DBA and DB developing are quite different skillsets )

  2. S.Y. Paul Lai says:

    After taking all 3 exams at beta, I wonder why they are MCTS and MCITP, instead of MCAS and MCAP.

  3. MMMMm, I am already eagerly waiting details and release.  For Microsoft-centric organizations, it has been quite some time in waiting for a Microsoft-specific project management credential to see release.

    I hope to see this hit our requirements table for our delivery management practice.

    We will see how adoption goes both internally and accross the industry.  Trika, beyond the livemeeting on the subject, can you shed some insight on the method by which Microsoft intends to drive industry adoption of these credentials for Microsoft-associated projects that include enterprise components or large deliveries?

  4. Dave says:

    Trika – is there a microsoft-centric ITSM/ITIL cert? I know about MOF but is there a cert on those lines?

  5. Michael Wignall says:

    I’ve recently completed the Beta exams for these three certs. I think they do both, provide a firm grounding in the technology but also put the focus on utilising it within a PM methodology.

    Last year when these certs were first announced their was mention made of a fourth, based around "Project Portfolio Management", presumably based upon Project Portfolio Server, any news where they has gotten to?

  6. mlmihail says:

    Thanks for your interest in the upcoming Office Project 2007 and Project Server 2007 certifications. Here are some updates and answers based on the posted questions so far.

    Q. Why are these new Office Project 2007 certifications not considered to be in the MCAS or "Microsoft Office Specialist" (MOS) certification families?

    A. The Microsoft business certifications, such as MCAS and MOS, typically focus on general Microsoft application usage. Given the strong project management standards in market, Microsoft wanted to provide a certification family that complemented these robust PMBOK standards as well as provide a more in-depth training experience on the functionality and features of Project 2007 for desktop and enterprise project management deployments.

    Based on the scope of these Project 2007 certifications, they are best represented in the Microsoft New Generation Certification family, including an MCTS for Project 2007 plus an MCTS and an MCITP for Project Server 2007.

    Q. Are these certs really about "Project Management" or are they about the management of PM tools?

    A. The Project 2007 certifications are focused on the management of PM tools (Office Project 2007) and also complement the PM methodology (PMI/PMBOK)

    Q. Can you shed some insight on the method by which Microsoft intends to drive industry adoption of these credentials for Microsoft-associated projects that include enterprise components or large deliveries?

    A. Microsoft will be working closely with MPA and PMI to promote these new certifications and adoption through events, local chapters and marketing programs. A key marketing message is to promote how the new Project Server 2007 certifications (MCTS and MCITP)will cover enterprise project management deployments. Microsoft is also interested in working with customers and partners to develop case studies that showcase their successful adoption and deployment of these new Project 2007 certifications. Please contact us if your organization is interested in discussing this option.

  7. Jon Jones says:

    Oh, does that ever suck.  I can’t believe Microsoft is not working with vue anymore.  I live in japan, so with vue, I just use my credit card, schedule the cert and show up.  Retarded prometric you have to pay by bank transfer only, which is almost impossible, you need to fax your request in, then receive a fax, then it gets screwed up, you scores never post.  Way to take us back to the 1990s Microsoft.  Next thing is windows 98 4th edition will be coming out.  

  8. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Someone asked, at some point, if 632 can count toward server certs (MCSE) like the other MCTS. Answer is no. But being debated internally! But no.

  9. Olivia Cain says:

    Do you have any knowledge of if and when  Microsoft Learning will release Project Server 2007 courseware?