Paul Gregory | 12 April 2012
Certification has always been a hot topic. Sometimes it has been undervalued sometimes overvalued. Biut it is the only tangable consistent measure we have. Because of this it has always been a used by significant numbers of companies for evaluating potential job application candidates.
One customer I discussed certification with recently, use certification as a requirement for interview because they receive so many job applications. It has become a measurement that the HR department could use to reduce the number of potential candidates and therefore interviews. I know this large company is not the only one to use this technique. So certification today is like any qualification it opens the door for you, without the certification the door stays shut.
The heading was a little misleading as there has not been a big announcement from Microsoft yet I am sure we will see a proper announcement soon but those of you with eagle eyes would have noticed the MCSA and the MCSE/MCSD are back and the MCM, Microsoft Certified Master (the pinnacle qualification) has been rebranded to MCSM. This time they have different meanings and the MCSE/MCSD qualifications are more solution focused instead of product focused.
The new MCSA stands for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
The new MCSE stands for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert
The new MCSD stands for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
The new MCSM stands for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master
Currently there are MCSA's for Windows Server 2008 (R2) and SQL Server 2012. The MCSA are requirements for being able to obtain an MCSE or MCSD.
There are also MCSE's for Private Cloud and SQL Server 2012 (some exams are still awaiting for release)
There are currently no MCSD certifications but it will not be long.
There are a couple of interestings items about these new certifications. The MCSE's will require some form of recertification every 3 years and (with the exception of the SQL Server 2012 MCSE) the idea is for the MCSE qualificatons to be versionless