You’re Still Special!


We’ve added a few new MCTS numbers to the updated "how many people have your cert" page http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/certified.mspx

  • MCTS: Desktop Optimization Pack
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications 
  • MCTS: Windows Embedded CE 6.0: Application Development

On that last one: Sounds like there is a need in the growing embedded field for skilled people who can develop, implement, test, and support embedded devices. One way to show you can do that is by passing one exam (70-571) to earn MCTS: Embedded CE 6.0, "a credential that validates your experience and skills as an embedded developer, making it an excellent proof point when competing for jobs, consulting opportunities, or advancement." (Have we already talked about this?) "Candidates may be an embedded developer, embedded engineer, device driver developer, board support package engineering developer, field application engineer, and/or quality assurance engineer…. In addition, candidates should have a good understanding of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 with Platform Builder, C, and C++." 

70-571 is available in English, Japanese, Chinese, German, French, and Korean and there are some great resources from the embedded team to help you earn that certification if you develop for embedded devices now or would like to move in that direction. For example,

  • a free, downloadable exam-prep kit
  • getting-started resources, and
  • discount vouchers

Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/embedded/cc294468.aspx (You can email mswepp@microsoft.com about the vouchers).


Comments (5)

  1. Birger Halfmeier says:

    Thank you Trika! I am feeling really special now 🙂 It’s kind of cool to be one of only 110 worldwide (I envy those 31 Virtual Earth guys).

    Seriously, I think updating this page regularly is an awesome way to motivate people to take new exams early on while they are still "special".

    Even more awesome would be a tool that allowed me to find answers to questions such as "How many people are MCTS ASP.NET 3.5 and also MCTS ADO.NET 3.5 and also MCTS WCF 3.5? And how many of them are in the southern hemisphere?"

    You could also visualize this nicely on a Virtual Earth map and allow people to find out how "unique" their particular combination of certifications is within their region.

    I realize all this would involve quite a bit of extra work but I seriously think it would be an effective way to make the MCP program even more awesome than it is already.

    I bet a lot of people would be encouraged to try some of the more exotic qualifications in a quest to become as "unique" as possible or to acquire certifications that appear underrepresented in their countries.

  2. Fredrik Nyman says:

    Can we get Dynamics numbers too?  Pretty please?  With sugar on top?

  3. Fredrik Nyman says:

    And what about cross-references?  Are the 31 folks who passed the MDOP exam the same 31 folks who passed the Virtual Earth exam? 🙂

  4. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    Totally agree, y’all. I’ve been lobbying for that – but it’s not the tip top priority for our web and dev teams… but I have shared your requests, for sure!!

    Trika