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  • The requirements to obtain a Microsoft Certified Master certification on SQL Server is more extensive than it is to obtain lower level certifications. Aside from the $20k cost (if you include travel expenses), it requires a 3-week immersion period at Microsoft Campus.

    My question is, in addition certifying a superior experience and skill level, what are other benefits in getting this certification? For instance, are the partnership benefits with Microsoft, or other financial/discount benefits, that only MCM allows?

     Thanks



    Gustavo - Central California
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 3:00 PM

Answers

  • Masters blog is here

     

    http://blogs.technet.com/themasterblog/default.aspx
    MCP,MCAD,MCSD.NET,MCTS*7,MCPD*3,MCITP*2,MCDBA Blog: http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com
    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:48 PM
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:31 PM
  • I think that you have to look at the main benefit for the MCM certification to be the knowledge that you gain during the extensive training. At this point, I would say that industry recognition is still very limited, but may yield greater visibility soon.

    Regarding the typical students/participants in a MCM course, I would say that you are likely to see employees of large consulting firms or employees of Gold Microsoft Partners, either that will come from companies that see the financial or expertise benefits that could come from MCM. In most cases, the hefty price and time frame is likely to prevent independent from attending.

    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:47 PM
    Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:20 AM

All replies

  • Hi Gustavo

     

    I have been asking similar questions for a while now. Do you get better benefits, at the moment. Is there any plans for this to change. I dont know.

     

    I think you get access to MCM level benefits similar to MVP and MCT style and also you will have some added bonus' of knowing a lot more of the SQL experts within MS and the product group.


    MCP,MCAD,MCSD.NET,MCTS*7,MCPD*3,MCITP*2,MCDBA Blog: http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009 3:13 PM
  • Normally someone holding a MCM will more than likely be an independent I.T. consultant working with high level businesses as a advisor and or consultant. Sort of like; Have Gun, Will Travel... More money in the private sector anyway!
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 3:12 AM
  • Masters blog is here

     

    http://blogs.technet.com/themasterblog/default.aspx
    MCP,MCAD,MCSD.NET,MCTS*7,MCPD*3,MCITP*2,MCDBA Blog: http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com
    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:48 PM
    Wednesday, January 28, 2009 9:31 PM
  • I think that you have to look at the main benefit for the MCM certification to be the knowledge that you gain during the extensive training. At this point, I would say that industry recognition is still very limited, but may yield greater visibility soon.

    Regarding the typical students/participants in a MCM course, I would say that you are likely to see employees of large consulting firms or employees of Gold Microsoft Partners, either that will come from companies that see the financial or expertise benefits that could come from MCM. In most cases, the hefty price and time frame is likely to prevent independent from attending.

    • Marked as answer by Ken Rosen_MS Thursday, January 29, 2009 3:47 PM
    Thursday, January 29, 2009 5:20 AM