Welcome kits for recently released certifications


In my role as MCP Aggravation Manager, I’m doing my best to think of new things to poast that will annoy certified professionals across the land and inspire a flood of angry commentary (and occasional intimation that I do not stand up to my pet cat*). Here’s my next stab.


Delay in Welcome Kit Shipments: If you recently placed an order via the MCP site for any of the following MCTS or MCITP Welcome Kits, please know that fulfillment of your kit may have been delayed. We are working to resolve this issue and get your kits shipped as soon as possible. There is no action required; we will resume shipments as soon as we are able. Thank you for your patience.



  • MCTS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 Application Development

  • MCTS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0: Configuration

  • MCTS: Microsoft  Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Application Development

  • MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Application Development

  • MCTS : Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Business Intelligence Development

  • MCTS: Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration

  • MCTS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Configuration

  • MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Configuration

  • MCTS: Business Desktop Deployment with the BDD

  • MCTS: Microsoft Team Foundation Server: Configuration and Development

  • MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician

  • MCITP: Consumer Support Technician

  • MCTS: Microsoft Office 2007: Client Application Development

  • MCTS: Microsoft Exchange 2007: Configuration

  • MCTS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007: Configuration

  • MCTS: Microsoft Project Server 2007: Configuration

  • MCTS: Microsoft Operations Manager 2007: Configuration

  • MCITP: Microsoft Exchange 2007 Messaging Solutions Administrator

  • MCTS: Windows Server 2003 Hosting,Configuration and Management

OK, but for reals. You’ll notice that some of these are BRAND new, or aren’t even fully available yet – so for many of these there will be limited impact; hopefully the shipments will get caught up before the kits are even ordered. However, I know that at least a few of you HAVE been affected by this – and I’m really sorry if you experienced any inconvenience by this slow down. Our brand new program manager is getting all the details locked down on when/how these will be shipped to you – when I hear an expected ship date I’ll certainly let you know.


UPDATE SEPTEMBER 16, 2007<from MCP newsletter>  Update: Delay in Welcome Kit Shipment (Worldwide)
Per our announcement in the July MCP newsletter, welcome kits for several new certifications have been updated with a new look and their shipments have been delayed. If you placed an order, please rest assured that it will be processed and the kits will be shipped; no further action from you is required. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.


*Richard, is the cat’s name.

Comments (30)

  1. Wes says:

    "In my role as MCP Aggravation Manager.."

    LMAO.

  2. Ken W says:

    Noooo…..  Oh well, at least they’ll be coming 🙂  Thanks for letting us know.

  3. dave says:

    I hope you don’t stand up to your cat. The purpose of a cat owner is to serve.

    Richard can explain it  better than me 🙂

  4. Helmer says:

    It’s really strange, but I did recieve the MCITP (general?) welcome kit, but the MCITP : Entrise Desktop Technician is still under way.

    BTW. the same thing for the MCTS Windows Vista Configuring. I DID recieve the ‘general’? MCTS welcome kit but not the Windows Vista Configuring kit.

    When i ordered the kits it says TWO kits would be send : the MCITP and the MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support (same thing for the MCTS kits). About the MCTS kit i called the MCP Helpdesk a few weeks ago (or is it months ago now) but still didn’t recieved the kits. Now i know why 🙂

  5. Chris Haaker says:

    In the example of the: MCITP: Microsoft Exchange 2007 Messaging Solutions Administrator, if you pass the two ITPro tests but not the TS test (70-236) what are you besides one test short? Anything?

    Also, do you have to *order* the kits or are they automatically sent as in the old days when you achieved a certification milestone (first MCP, first MCSE, etc). PS Dogs rule.

  6. Mike says:

    "MCP Aggravation Manager" Hahahaha. 🙂

  7. Leonardo says:

    Thanks for the info trika…Cats are cool

  8. :-P says:

    "..BRAND new, or aren’t even fully available yet – so for many of these there will be limited impact.."

    I guess the same reasoning applies for the problem with the Vista beta exam 😉 … there are not too many people… limited impact LMAO

  9. Daniel says:

    Now i know why I’m waiting for my Welcome Kit for  # MCTS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Configuration

    # MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Configuration

    since about 3 months.

    Why didn’t you inform the affected Customers directly (earlier)?

    Regards,

    Daniel

  10. Thanks for the info. FWIW, I hadn’t noticed any delay; from memory it takes six weeks or so anyway. To my mind the most important thing is the online transcript so – as nice as it is to get – the welcome kit isn’t IMHO someting that need arrive in any timely fashion. (Well, except for the wallet card, although my understanding is they don’t list cumulative credentials anymore – I already have two, one for my MCP/MCSD, and another for my MCTS and I imagine I am going to receive a third for my recently-completed MCITP. That actually makes me less keen on the wallet cards now. I much preferred having one.)

  11. Wesc says:

    Actually, David, the wallet cards are cumulative.  They probably don’t show both classic certs and "new generation" certs, but, for example, when you attain, say, MCPD, you get another card that has both the MCTS and MCPD logos. They do not show each certification area, however, which is fine with me.

  12. Guy says:

    Noooooo, i wants my pin badge now!! :'(

    hehe, j/k – thanks for the update, trika

  13. Terrific, thanks Wesc – that’s good to know.

  14. gomcse2002 says:

    Hey Trika

    May I know when will we able to receive our specific cert for the following IT titles :

    (1) MCTS: Microsoft Windows Vista: Configuration

    (2) MCTS: Business Desktop Deployment with the BDD

    (3) MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician

    (4) MCITP: Consumer Support Technician

    Please give us some updates !!!

  15. Gezim says:

    Hi. Not only welcome kits but my transcript also not showing the 70-444 but the 70-237 yes and i passed this exam 2 weeks after 70-444.

  16. hartplaza says:

    I finaly had response from Prometric. They will resend the score report of the 71-621, however, when, or how, will I get it on mine transcript ????

  17. Larry West, MCSD, MCPD, MCITP, MCTS x5, ... says:

    I just got my MCITP:Enterprise Support Technician and MCTS:Web Development Welcome kits today.

    Now I have to carry yet another ID card.

    There is enough room to include MCPD, MCITP, and MCTS on the same card – so why didn’t they do it?

  18. gomcse2002 says:

    Hi Trika

    When you come back, can you do some follow up for us and let us know is there any updates of the new welcome kit with specific cert !!

  19. Ravi Kiran says:

    Hi have completed MCP last 45days over upto now didn’t receive any mail from microsoft

  20. gomcse2002 says:

    Hello Trika

    May I know do you have any Updates regarding Welcome kits for recently released certifications ?

    May I know when will we be able to receive the specific cert for 70-620, 70-622, 70-623 and 70-624 ?

    Please kindly let us know the sooner the better !!!

  21. Meile Zetstra says:

    Hi Trika,

    I’ve not seen any Welcome Kit yet for my 070-540 exam which I took sometime last year. I’ve also already contacted my local service center, and they have re-sent my request for the Welcome Kit. But I understand that there is/was some delay with this specific kit amongst others. However, would you have any clue as to how long the waiting should continue?

    It would be great to have an update on the status of the welcome kits you mentioned in this blog post. I believe it would also be a good idea to put more info on this over at the MCP site.

    Thanks and keep up the good work,

    Meile

  22. gomcse2002 says:

    Thanks for your post, Melie. I am in the same bot as you and still haven’t receive my certs yet.

    Trika, Please kindly check with your marketing team and give us update about the delay of the welcome kits !!!!

  23. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Hey Vincent, Melie, all… thansk for the questions and suggestions. I updated the post above with the latest info from the MCP newsletter–a notice is also on the MCP homepage. I have spoken to the team over here and they are getting close to shipping everything out but I don’t thnk shipments have started yet — so official word is please hang in there; as soon as they begin shipping I will post to my blog and we’ll put a notice on the MCP site.

  24. For those of you waiting on a welcome kit, thanks for hanging in there. I know that the team here is

  25. For those of you waiting on a welcome kit, thanks for hanging in there. I know that the team here is

  26. Yanze says:

    [quote]we’ll put a notice on the MCP site[/quote]

    Unfortunately the MCP Member Site is down at the moment???

  27. Hello, this just in. new things in MCP benefits are now available online. Great! In addition to the Community

  28. deepika says:

    sir….

        sorry to say that i didnt recieve the certifite yet .i had written the exam on13th july 2007….i am still waiting.

  29. deepika says:

      sorry to say that i didnt recieve the certifite yet of 70-270.i had written the exam on13th july 2007….i am still waiting.

  30. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Deepika, did you contact the helpdesk? They are the only ones who can help you.