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  • Question

  • hello,

    I'm a college student and i really want a job in a good company. I'm pursuing B.Tech(I.T) in India(last semester). I'm really confused. I know that some certification will help me to prime up my CV a bit, but i'm not sure which one should i go for? 

    I tracked down some info about MTA and MCTS certification. Both i'm interested in, but for MCTS they need 2-3 yrs experience. I can develop web applications in ASP.NET 4.0 using C# in VS 2010. But i don't have 2-3 yrs experience. The thing is---that the preparation material for MTA is very costly for me, that's why i'm avoiding it. 

    IF anyone in INDIA has given or has a microsoft certificate, please advise...please i'm really confused, man. 

    anyone else who gets me can also respond.------------I NEED HELP------------

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 2:00 PM

Answers

  • Siddharth,

    I'm glad that you are already thinking about these things while in college. Most students don't!

    MTA is an entry level certification. All the exams have "Fundamentals" in their names and I'm sure you have already covered most, if not all, of that material as a part of your Engineering curriculum. I'd suggest that you skip these certifications.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mta-certification.aspx

    You are already developing applications with .NET technologies. My recommendation would be to pursue the latest MCSD certifications.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification-overview.aspx

    The reason I've not suggested the current MCTS (or their next level MCITP) certifications is because most of their exams are going to retire by July 31, 2013. If you really want to take any of those then plan to take the exam before the scheduled retired date. Retired exam means that candidates will no longer be able to attempt these exams after the retire date. It does not means that they will not be relevant in the industry. The technical skills and the certification will be relevant till the time there is a demand for that technology.

    You have a concern about the 2-3 years experience requirements. Well, these are just guidelines. Microsoft thinks that a candidate would have enough relevant real-world experience in this duration and they are right too. But Prometric will not ask for experience certificates when you go to them to book an exam.

    List of MCTS exams -
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcts-certification.aspx

    Exams that have already retired -
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/retired-certifications.aspx


    Please mark this reply as the answer or vote as helpful, as appropriate, to make it useful for other readers.
    Thanks!
    Aalam | Blog (http://aalamrangi.wordpress.com)

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:28 PM
  • The page for MCPD (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcpd-certification.aspx) says -

    MCPD

    MCPD certifications will not be updated for versions later than Visual Studio 2010, and your MCPD certification will decline in value as companies move to newer versions of our products. Take advantage of special upgrades to earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and protect your investment in your certifications.

    All exams on Visual Studio 2008 are scheduled to retire on July 31, 2013. Your retired certification will remain on your transcript with a Legacy designation. Once certifications and their relevant exams are retired, they’re added to the lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

    This following PDF shows their earlier roadmap. You'll notice that many exams listed here are the ones that will retire in July 2013.
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/9/B/29BB6508-CE33-46D6-B30D-C0888E190C48/Microsoft_Certification_Roadmap_for_Students.pdf

    The latest roadmap PDF is at this URL -
    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/microsoft_it_academy/b/weblog/archive/2012/11/20/infographic-microsoft-it-academy-certification-roadmap.aspx

    I can understand the reason why you think that MCSD has retired. Microsoft used the MCSE and MCSD terminology sometime before 2005-2006. They moved away from that and started using MCTS, MCITP etc. for the certification names around that time and retired the MCSE/MCPD exams. Now they are going back to using that naming convention again! Confusing, right?! Maybe it has got to do something with their plan to have people recertify every 3 years.

    Q.What is the difference between the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications and the old
    Microsoft Certified Solution Developer certifications?

    A.The new MCSD credential focuses on the ability to design and build application solutions, which may include integrating multiple technologies and may span multiple versions of a single technology. It also demonstrates a candidate's commitment to remaining current on the latest technologies through recertification.

    These blog posts and the accompanying video is more about SQL Server certifications but you'll still get a better understanding of the changes -
    http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2012/04/breaking-news-changes-microsoft-sql-server-certifications/
    http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2012/04/sql-server-certification-changes-video/


    Please mark this reply as the answer or vote as helpful, as appropriate, to make it useful for other readers.
    Thanks!
    Aalam | Blog (http://aalamrangi.wordpress.com)

    Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:41 PM
  • i'm sorry sir but i just found out that MCSD exams have retired. are u suggesting MCPD, bcoz like MCTS it will be retiring in july 2013.
    This is not correct. MCSD was re-launched for .Net 4.5/Visual Studio 2012 (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsd-certification.aspx).  I think you may have been looking at the old MCSD .Net 2.0 certifications.

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    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    • Proposed as answer by Gopinath.S Monday, December 24, 2012 5:56 AM
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    Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:43 PM
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  • Siddharth,

    I'm glad that you are already thinking about these things while in college. Most students don't!

    MTA is an entry level certification. All the exams have "Fundamentals" in their names and I'm sure you have already covered most, if not all, of that material as a part of your Engineering curriculum. I'd suggest that you skip these certifications.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mta-certification.aspx

    You are already developing applications with .NET technologies. My recommendation would be to pursue the latest MCSD certifications.
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification-overview.aspx

    The reason I've not suggested the current MCTS (or their next level MCITP) certifications is because most of their exams are going to retire by July 31, 2013. If you really want to take any of those then plan to take the exam before the scheduled retired date. Retired exam means that candidates will no longer be able to attempt these exams after the retire date. It does not means that they will not be relevant in the industry. The technical skills and the certification will be relevant till the time there is a demand for that technology.

    You have a concern about the 2-3 years experience requirements. Well, these are just guidelines. Microsoft thinks that a candidate would have enough relevant real-world experience in this duration and they are right too. But Prometric will not ask for experience certificates when you go to them to book an exam.

    List of MCTS exams -
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcts-certification.aspx

    Exams that have already retired -
    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/retired-certifications.aspx


    Please mark this reply as the answer or vote as helpful, as appropriate, to make it useful for other readers.
    Thanks!
    Aalam | Blog (http://aalamrangi.wordpress.com)

    Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:28 PM
  • Woah, thanks a lot sir, i mean you really helped me out. Nicely explained. I just want to know whether there's an expiry date for MCSD or not.

    Anywho, thanks a lot.

    Sunday, December 23, 2012 2:46 PM
  • i'm sorry sir but i just found out that MCSD exams have retired. are u suggesting MCPD, bcoz like MCTS it will be retiring in july 2013.
    Sunday, December 23, 2012 3:31 PM
  • The page for MCPD (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcpd-certification.aspx) says -

    MCPD

    MCPD certifications will not be updated for versions later than Visual Studio 2010, and your MCPD certification will decline in value as companies move to newer versions of our products. Take advantage of special upgrades to earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and protect your investment in your certifications.

    All exams on Visual Studio 2008 are scheduled to retire on July 31, 2013. Your retired certification will remain on your transcript with a Legacy designation. Once certifications and their relevant exams are retired, they’re added to the lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

    This following PDF shows their earlier roadmap. You'll notice that many exams listed here are the ones that will retire in July 2013.
    http://download.microsoft.com/download/2/9/B/29BB6508-CE33-46D6-B30D-C0888E190C48/Microsoft_Certification_Roadmap_for_Students.pdf

    The latest roadmap PDF is at this URL -
    http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/microsoft_it_academy/b/weblog/archive/2012/11/20/infographic-microsoft-it-academy-certification-roadmap.aspx

    I can understand the reason why you think that MCSD has retired. Microsoft used the MCSE and MCSD terminology sometime before 2005-2006. They moved away from that and started using MCTS, MCITP etc. for the certification names around that time and retired the MCSE/MCPD exams. Now they are going back to using that naming convention again! Confusing, right?! Maybe it has got to do something with their plan to have people recertify every 3 years.

    Q.What is the difference between the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications and the old
    Microsoft Certified Solution Developer certifications?

    A.The new MCSD credential focuses on the ability to design and build application solutions, which may include integrating multiple technologies and may span multiple versions of a single technology. It also demonstrates a candidate's commitment to remaining current on the latest technologies through recertification.

    These blog posts and the accompanying video is more about SQL Server certifications but you'll still get a better understanding of the changes -
    http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2012/04/breaking-news-changes-microsoft-sql-server-certifications/
    http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2012/04/sql-server-certification-changes-video/


    Please mark this reply as the answer or vote as helpful, as appropriate, to make it useful for other readers.
    Thanks!
    Aalam | Blog (http://aalamrangi.wordpress.com)

    Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:41 PM
  • i'm sorry sir but i just found out that MCSD exams have retired. are u suggesting MCPD, bcoz like MCTS it will be retiring in july 2013.
    This is not correct. MCSD was re-launched for .Net 4.5/Visual Studio 2012 (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/mcsd-certification.aspx).  I think you may have been looking at the old MCSD .Net 2.0 certifications.

    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

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

    • Proposed as answer by Gopinath.S Monday, December 24, 2012 5:56 AM
    • Marked as answer by Horizon_NetEditor Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:29 PM
    Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:43 PM
    Moderator