Microsoft is changing its certification pattern with the release of the next version of Visual Studio. NET and SQL Server. They are introducing a new framework for certification that will pair up a credential with a skill-identifying certification based on a tiered approach consisting of three credentials:
- Tier 1: Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
- Tier 2: Microsoft Certified IT Professional or Professional Developer
- Tier 3: Microsoft Certified Architect
Out of which the last exam Microsoft Certified Architect is supposed to be very rigorous, board-level certification. Microsoft released information about this exam somewhere in last April.
The following is the update path for the current exams
MCDBA + 2 exams – Microsoft Certified IT Professional
MCSD + 2 exams – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (Enterprise Application Developer)
MCAD + 1 exam – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (either Windows or Web Developer)
Microsoft is yet to give information regarding MCSE and MCSA. But those people who have already taken the current titles (MCP/MCSE/MCSA/MCDBA/MCAD/MCSD) will still have their certifications intact.
My current plan is to take that one exam for Web Developer and upgrade my MCAD title to Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (Web Developer). But who knows there is lot of time to decide though ;)
So guys share with me how your upgrade path is going to be.