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  • Can anyone explain to me why after taking Microsoft upgrade exams from mcsd.net 2.0 to enterprise 3.5 Microsoft only allow me to use my credentials toward gold software development competency and for silver software development they say I am not qualified. On my transcript I see all individual certfication (MC...TS) awarded automatically the same day I passed second UPGRADE exam and got MCSD.NET 3.5 EA. I guess Microsoft comparing by exam id and not by Certification/version number as they should. What is the purpose of an UPGRADE path?
    Tuesday, June 14, 2011 4:07 PM


  • Not sure what you're upset about as the Gold Competency is higher than Silver.

    Anyway, Software Development Competencies relate to the Microsoft Partner program, not certification. Microsoft has always used MCPID's to validate what competencies a partner has achieved. The issue is that the rules were changed about a year ago to ensure that partners kept their skills up. You should talk to your local Microsoft Partner centre if you feel you've been treated unjustly.

    The purpose of the upgrade path (from a certification perspective as they're not related to Partner Competencies) is so you only need to sit 2 exams instead of 4 or 5 exams to get your MCSD.NET 3.5 EA. You could have done each of the individual MCTS 3.5 exams to reach EA however you decided to take the upgrade path.  What I’m interested in knowing is whether you agree that upgrade paths are better as they make it easier build on existing certifications or whether you believe they are a waste of time and would prefer to do each individual exam.

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt) MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
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    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Monday, July 25, 2011 2:25 AM
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 3:06 AM