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MCITP learning plans, SQL Server specifically RRS feed

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    I'm mapping out a strategy for MCITP: Database Developer 2008 certification.

    For exam 70-433 I notice there is a Microsoft Press Book as well as an E-Learning series for self-paced training.

    There are not similar options for 70-451. Rather there is something called a "Learning Plan". The one for this certification is here:

    http://tinyurl.com/6rpooom

     

    Lots of goodies are listed but the page is lacking what I think to be some basic information.

     

    First, why do I have to "activate" a Learning Plan? Is there a time aspect to completing this?

    Second, I'm sure there must be a cost aspect to at least some of the steps. How can I find out what those costs are before I activate the plan.

    The steps that include "courses" (#3 &#4), are those self paced courses or classroom courses?  And what are the "collections" that represent the alternative choices to a course?

    I guess that's enough questions for now.

     

    TIA,

    Karl

     


    Karl Thompson
    Thursday, January 5, 2012 1:54 PM

Answers

    1. Can't help with this one in relation to Learning Plans.  Activating a clinic or collection is usually the trigger for payment and/or time limitations.
    2. Some content does cost and the cost varies between content.  When you try to access a specific course, you will be shown the cost.  You will need to provide purchase details (credit card, etc) to start using the content.
    3. Courses relate to classroom training.  Collections and clinics relate to online content that is self-passed.

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

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    Friday, January 6, 2012 12:37 AM
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    1. Can't help with this one in relation to Learning Plans.  Activating a clinic or collection is usually the trigger for payment and/or time limitations.
    2. Some content does cost and the cost varies between content.  When you try to access a specific course, you will be shown the cost.  You will need to provide purchase details (credit card, etc) to start using the content.
    3. Courses relate to classroom training.  Collections and clinics relate to online content that is self-passed.

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Please mark answered if I've answered your question and vote for it as helpful to help other user's find a solution quicker
    Friday, January 6, 2012 12:37 AM
    Moderator
  • Thanks.

    It does seem strange that a Learning Plan has to be "activated", and there is not explanation for what "activation" actually means in this context.

    Also, from what I see now, a "collection" is in essence "E-Learning", but what is stated on the Exam 70-451 page is:

    Microsoft E-Learning
    There is no Microsoft E-Learning training currently available.

    http://tinyurl.com/85pqsl7

    Anyway, I think I understand what's going on. Thanks again.


    Karl Thompson
    Friday, January 6, 2012 1:57 AM