MS Learning has changed their structure in regards to the certification styles. Don’t get me wrong the MCP , MCSA, & MCSE tracks were good…. at their time. What they all significantly lacked was the ability to really call out what someone was really GOOD at. In the 7 exams it took me to get my MCSE, I only took ONE exchange exam. Exchange was my focus! How can it show I am a messaging specialist with the MCSE if 6 of the 7 exams i took weren’t even on the topic i was focused on!
 
      The new tiered structure allows IT Pros to really show what they have a decent level of exposure and knowledge in (Tier 1 or the MCTS – MS Certified technical specialist) and then what you are specializing in, or what you’re best at (Tier 2 or the MCITP – MS IT Professional) Most Pros will have 1-2 MCITP’s depending on their role in the organization and then if they would like can show their breadth of knowledge with multiple MCTS. Let’s use me as an example. My focus is Exchange, Windows server OS and Desktop OS. I have some decent experience in other technologies as well…
 
      I have my MCTS in.. Vista, Server 2008 (all 3), Exchange 2007, MDOP, Forefront security & windows 7. I then have my MCITP in Server 2008 (both), Vista & Exchange 2007
 
      Evolving from this trend if you skipped the MCTS/MCITP track for vista, they will be releasing a new MCITP for Windows 7. Here are the details…
 
MSL will be offering a MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician certification. The requirements are not yet finalized. They expect to have final requirements shortly. Candidates wishing to pursue this certification can safely proceed to prepare for 680: Win 7, Configuring and 685: Win 7, EDST. Additional requirements will be announced by the end of December 2009. Upgrade requirements have not been determined yet and will be announced at the same time.
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