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Still lost looking for MCP information RRS feed

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  • Can I just scream in frustration at this point???

    I have been searching the Microsoft Learning Catalogue for three days now trying to find anything on the MCP certification - that is also available in Australia. And ... basically just been going round and round in circles. Yes, I know to obtain the certificate I need to pass an exam 70-620. I've read the overview and the FAQ sections, the many benefits and requirements. Even found the link to the six steps, and searched the On Line learning catalogue. Been through the Microsoft Books website. And several Technet Articles.

    The book for self paced training is not available to purchase from Microsoft Books store. No out of print notification - just that it was not available to purchase.
    There is no on line training available in the On line Catalogue (that I can find, I did find a link to MCITP which is more advanced but adding this to My Learning only added a link back to the overview page *cry*)
    There are no classes currently available but they were held in Sydney in February (helpful - not).
    Prometric exams seem to be only available in the US (yay ... an overseas holiday thrown in?)

    Am I doing something wrong? Blonde? Femalish? All three?
    I'm qualified ... I have three certificates in the IT field hanging on my office wall staring at me. I also have my Trainers Certificate.

    It can't be that hard to add MCP and MCT to the wall surely?

    Do I really need to shove kids and hubby into a box, close up my business and move 500kms away (or overseas) for the next three years and pay another $3,500 to attend Excelsior College?
    blonde & female ... aggh! what else can go wrong :p
    Thursday, July 2, 2009 8:11 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    The reason, you don’t find any information about MCP Certification, because Microsoft has changed their Certification structure. MCP is currently used as a general term for all Microsoft certified professionals not a certification. The certification you need would be MCTS which replaced MCP.

     

    The term MCP is used both as a general term for all Microsoft Certified Professionals and as the name of a credential. As an MCTS, you become part of the Microsoft Certified Professional community, with access to all related benefits, information, and activities. You do not earn a credential titled “MCP.” You should use the MCTS credential on your resume and in business collateral; thereby indicating your specialty and that you are a member of the MCP community at large.

     

    Detail: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx

     

    Hope this is helpful.


    Rubel Khan - My Blog: http://rubelkhan.wordpress.com
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, July 2, 2009 1:17 PM
    • Marked as answer by Twisties34 Thursday, July 2, 2009 10:30 PM
    Thursday, July 2, 2009 1:17 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    The reason, you don’t find any information about MCP Certification, because Microsoft has changed their Certification structure. MCP is currently used as a general term for all Microsoft certified professionals not a certification. The certification you need would be MCTS which replaced MCP.

     

    The term MCP is used both as a general term for all Microsoft Certified Professionals and as the name of a credential. As an MCTS, you become part of the Microsoft Certified Professional community, with access to all related benefits, information, and activities. You do not earn a credential titled “MCP.” You should use the MCTS credential on your resume and in business collateral; thereby indicating your specialty and that you are a member of the MCP community at large.

     

    Detail: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx

     

    Hope this is helpful.


    Rubel Khan - My Blog: http://rubelkhan.wordpress.com
    • Proposed as answer by Rubel Khan Thursday, July 2, 2009 1:17 PM
    • Marked as answer by Twisties34 Thursday, July 2, 2009 10:30 PM
    Thursday, July 2, 2009 1:17 PM
  • Thanks Rubel, I actually found information I needed in about 30 minutes on another website. Full certification pathways, career advice, suggested course materials, exam tips ... even a link to the actual nearest testing centre which turns out to be Warrnambool TAFE.

    The continual error 404 errors on the Microsoft site drove me nuts. But yay for www.mcmcse.com.

    And maybe feeding grumpy hubby & kids, finding coffee helped my brain a bit.
    blonde & female ... aggh! what else can go wrong :p
    Thursday, July 2, 2009 10:30 PM