Punch to Head: More Pleasant than MCA Review?

I think these posts on the actual process of applying for and sitting your panel review for Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) are interesting. There is good reason that the MCA has such a great reputation–it is a pretty thorough process…

  • Richard was at Microsoft when he went through his early-days MCA process (he passed)
  • Congratulations to Natasha for passing her board! Read her advice.
  • Miha has a pretty funny story. Not funny ha-ha. More roundhouse-to-the-shins funny. On the MCA blog.

The Ranger programs (for database and messaging architecture) are another facet of MCA and part of our Microsoft Certification program. The Ranger director, Per, is going to talk about the program and process in our MCP meeting on Wednesday, another reason to attend: meeting info.

Do come, unless you have something better to do, like get punched in the head.

Comments (2)

  1. Wayne Anderson says:

    Actually I have to say that although its tough, its great to see something on that level from microsoft.  We have several MCA:Messaging (most grandfathered), and a few MCAs including one on the review board.  

    These are high quality people with a proven track record of delivery, each one of whom I would personally recommend to lead a complex engagement.  

    The MCA credential is so tough that MCS’ own folks fail on a regular basis as well.

    Kudos to Per.  Dont compromise the program, as the folks that have sailed through to this point really are quality architects.

  2. jtb-in-texas says:

    Loads of competition for this certification–AND–your career needs to put you in the right place at the right time.

    Still, many of us are looking to join this fraternity, when we’re all growed up…  😉