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Where to Start with Microsoft Certification Exams?

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  • I'd like to test out on a couple of the MC exams, but don't know where to start, how much I should prepare or how much they cost.
    Everyone I know who is Microsoft Certified said it's like selling your soul. But I am very determined.
    Where did you undergo Microsoft certification training? Do Microsoft professional certification exams have any value by themselves?
    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:43 AM

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  • Hi Gwyneth, A degree is important either you are going for certification or not. Degree is must for every IT professional. Certification works as an icing on the cake. Microsoft Certifications are valuable enough to get you in notice of employers at the time of placement. They are the premiere and industry recognized certifications. I took my training at NetAssist, a certified IT professional and partner of Microsoft.

    Try http://www.netassist.com.sg

    Hope it helps u
    Happy Vibes

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:47 AM
  • Hello,

    Have you decided what 'stream' you've going to do? What I mean is do you want to be a coder or a techie? That will determine where you start.

    I did coding and for me there was no Microsoft Certification Training! well there was but it was rubbish! very high level and not nearly as technical as I needed it to be. It was Microsoft training (online) and I have to say I was very disappointed with it's content. For me getting the certs was sitting with a large number of books and a computur & compiler writting line after line of code, experimenting, understanding, and so on.

    If you want to be a techie then it's different. There are some places that have hands on training (hands on the hardware) where they set up domains and networks and there is actual hardware involved. They were quite expensive (not Microsoft run) as I remember but they were worth it because doing that stuff at home without a mentor would be difficult.

    MCP's on their own... are they valuable?... depends. I'd say not really, you have to take it up to another level. For example when I did the coder it was MCP->MCAD->MCSD.... the MCP wasn't too valuable but the MCAD was. I'd say that having quite a few MCP certs would be valuable, rather than just having one (depends on which one though).

     

    You need to see all this as an investment. The price of tnhe books, the exams, the time involved.... it looks a lot to give away but the thing is you will get much more back in the long term. It's an investment in yourself.


    …we each have more potential than we might ever presume to guess. (Blog: http://dsmyth.blogspot.com/)
    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 1:40 PM
  • Hi,

    you can always check the prices for your country on prometric.com.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:06 AM
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  • Hi Gwyneth, A degree is important either you are going for certification or not. Degree is must for every IT professional. Certification works as an icing on the cake. Microsoft Certifications are valuable enough to get you in notice of employers at the time of placement. They are the premiere and industry recognized certifications. I took my training at NetAssist, a certified IT professional and partner of Microsoft.

    Try http://www.netassist.com.sg

    Hope it helps u
    Happy Vibes

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:47 AM
  • Thanks Kevin, are the exams hard? I have checked NetAssist and emailed them regarding my qualifications.

    How much do the microsoft certification exams cost?

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:52 AM
  • The cost depends on which exam you go for, they range in prices depending on how far down the line you are and how complicated the course is.

    best of luck gwyneth!

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 9:54 AM
  • Hi,

    you can always check the prices for your country on prometric.com.

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 11:06 AM
    Answerer
  • Hello,

    Have you decided what 'stream' you've going to do? What I mean is do you want to be a coder or a techie? That will determine where you start.

    I did coding and for me there was no Microsoft Certification Training! well there was but it was rubbish! very high level and not nearly as technical as I needed it to be. It was Microsoft training (online) and I have to say I was very disappointed with it's content. For me getting the certs was sitting with a large number of books and a computur & compiler writting line after line of code, experimenting, understanding, and so on.

    If you want to be a techie then it's different. There are some places that have hands on training (hands on the hardware) where they set up domains and networks and there is actual hardware involved. They were quite expensive (not Microsoft run) as I remember but they were worth it because doing that stuff at home without a mentor would be difficult.

    MCP's on their own... are they valuable?... depends. I'd say not really, you have to take it up to another level. For example when I did the coder it was MCP->MCAD->MCSD.... the MCP wasn't too valuable but the MCAD was. I'd say that having quite a few MCP certs would be valuable, rather than just having one (depends on which one though).

     

    You need to see all this as an investment. The price of tnhe books, the exams, the time involved.... it looks a lot to give away but the thing is you will get much more back in the long term. It's an investment in yourself.


    …we each have more potential than we might ever presume to guess. (Blog: http://dsmyth.blogspot.com/)
    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 1:40 PM
  • see right now they're having Microsoft IT Career Packages as part of their promotions, check out their Promotions Page http://www.netassist.com.sg/Course-Promotions.aspx

    the free TechNet subscription is valuable bonus

    link to Microsoft IT Packages http://www.netassist.com.sg/Microsoft-IT-Career-Package-Offer.html

     

    Have a rewarding career in IT!

    Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:35 AM
  • Thank you so much Kevin! I am now part of the second batch and whew their training is intense!

    learning a lot

     

    Thank you

    Monday, March 14, 2011 8:17 AM
  • I do believe in that Derek, thanks. Ive always look at it as a good investment (worth my time, effort and MONEY)

    Most of the people I've encountered have MCP certification, followed by MCSEs, I am taking the same path.

    although my cousins said MCSEs have not been of any great benefit

    what do you think?

    Friday, April 01, 2011 2:52 AM
  • Hello,

       Based on my own research i would skip the MCSE certs and move on to the MCITP SA or MCITP EA certifications. These are based on Windows Server 2008 R1. The only problem with this, which i am also facing is these certifications now have R2 questions and all of the current books are based on Windows server 2008 R1 and the new books aren't scheduled till later this year. I am working on the 70-680 for now so i can use it towards the MCITP EA, but there is also a new version of the book coming in August. For more information look at these links. Hope this helps.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-windowsserver.aspx#tab3

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcitp.aspx#tab1

    Friday, April 08, 2011 2:36 PM
  • Good point knwldg0010, but for me 2011 is the last year to take MCSE, 2012 will be MCITP time and I believe it will make sense cos I have to understand 2003 stuff that's for sure...while it is diminishing, there certainly is value in the MCSE 2003 still....also at the moment it is expensive to upgrade to the MCITP

     

    Thanks for your good point

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:52 AM

  •  

    I do believe in that Derek, thanks. Ive always look at it as a good investment (worth my time, effort and MONEY)

    Most of the people I've encountered have MCP certification, followed by MCSEs, I am taking the same path.

    although my cousins said MCSEs have not been of any great benefit

    what do you think?

    Truth is you cannot get a decent job with MCSE, you gotta do higher courses and prefrebly find an area to master before you can get any benefit.
    Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:06 AM

  •  

    I do believe in that Derek, thanks. Ive always look at it as a good investment (worth my time, effort and MONEY)

    Most of the people I've encountered have MCP certification, followed by MCSEs, I am taking the same path.

    although my cousins said MCSEs have not been of any great benefit

    what do you think?

    Truth is you cannot get a decent job with MCSE, you gotta do higher courses and prefrebly find an area to master before you can get any benefit.

    "Preferably find an area to master before you can get any benefits". True and bravely spoken Mr. Laws.  However, my question is this: How can you get into IT, any branch of it, when you have limited resources and no experience at all. It seems to me that everyone is asking for many years of experience forgetting that they themselves had to start somewhere. I'll love to be an administrator but the fact that they are asking for many years of experience is a concern.

     


    Every action has a reaction in physics and in men.


    Friday, April 22, 2011 2:31 PM
  • Gwyneth,

    I acheived my first certification approx 13yrs ago in MCSE NT4. I once heard an IT magazine columnist say that it stood for 'Must Consult Someone Experienced'. There my be some truth in that, mybe there are people with little experience, who sucessfully boot camp their way to a MCSE. However, I think most employers are aware that this can happen in a small percentage of cases and also look for comensurate experience. My personal experiences have been that my certifications, and I have MCSE's in Windows and MCITPs in SQL, all gained by self-study, have been very valuable to my career in two ways. Firstly, the study process to gain certification has been extremely beneficial. Secondly, with two equally experienced cadidates, who equally present well at interview, the one with the certifications is mostly to be sucessfull in getting the job. Indeed, during the initial phase of submitting CVs, those without certifications are likely to be weeded out, regardless of everything else. HR depts sometimes just don't have time or knowledge to do it anyother way.

    My advice would be to self-study, don't go the boot camp route, and get a test box to install what ever you're in studying, use VMs to set up a Domain, etc, and practice the various technologies in your product choice. Get real life experience, difficult in some companies, you may have to move around every couple of years to get on and up.

    Cost of books and exams is irrelevant compared to benefit of certification. 

    Sunday, April 24, 2011 1:02 PM
  • I see. Thanks for shedding some light.
    Thursday, May 19, 2011 10:51 AM
  • I you've have spent a good deal of your own time and money to accomplish your goals. Those accomplishments should be updated not deleted :)
    Thursday, May 26, 2011 8:03 AM
  • a degree is not a must for an IT professional...certifications hold almost as much value (it does depend on where you go) but I would NEVER say that a degree is a must.  I'm an analyst with a high school diploma and no certifications making close to what someone with an associates in CS would dream of making.
    • Proposed as answer by KevinPoon Monday, July 04, 2011 9:01 AM
    Thursday, June 23, 2011 6:30 PM
  • Hi Gwyneth, A degree is important either you are going for certification or not. Degree is must for every IT professional. Certification works as an icing on the cake. Microsoft Certifications are valuable enough to get you in notice of employers at the time of placement. They are the premiere and industry recognized certifications. I took my training at NetAssist, a certified IT professional and partner of Microsoft.

    Try http://www.netassist.com.sg

    Hope it helps u
    Happy Vibes

    I also took my training and completed my certifications at http://www.netassist.com.sg , Mary Lee and the rest of the team were the best in Asia. Hows your training going on Ms. Gwyneth?
    Monday, July 18, 2011 2:41 AM
  • I couldn't agree more, I met Mary many times and she's the nicest!

    Training-wise, so far so great...managing projects has never been a lot more easier  :)

    so what certs are you working on nowadays?

    Friday, August 26, 2011 6:25 AM
  • nice to hear....Im currently taking a course in CRM- Applications in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
    Monday, September 12, 2011 4:09 AM
  • You can receive training at any number of locations in a wide variety of ways, classroom, bootcamp, self study, etc. You can check out the providers on http://www.certguard.com if you would like some assistance finding a reputable supplier. Microsoft exams do have value, but what do you mean 'by themselves'? Do you mean, with no experience? Or, with no other certifications?
    Monday, September 12, 2011 6:52 PM
  • HI Samantha,yes I also did check on certguard. I started my classes and a few online trainings February and now Im working on getting more Certs...oh by "themselves" I meant the certifications (indeed these certs are valuable)

    Thank you everyone for your warm responses
    Friday, October 14, 2011 7:37 AM
  • it's been a year, how are things coming along?
    Friday, November 25, 2011 8:28 AM
  • How time flies, thanks for asking Kevin...I'm now starting my journey to MCITP: SA / EA...still with NetAssist.

    Apparently I followed the recommendations mentioned by all of you guys, thanks so much

    Have a blessed 2012

    Tuesday, February 28, 2012 1:55 AM
  • That's always nice to hear Gwyneth, all the best to your journey of getting to the core of information technology. Remember to also review online study materials and take practice exams developed by industry experts.

    Yes, time flies!

    Thursday, March 08, 2012 2:37 AM
  • Thank you very much for your support and kind words Kevin.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:31 AM
  • Hi GwynethLA,

    Based on above all your posted communication, how was your MCITP course, have you obtain your Cert?

    Basically, I'd like to find out how many question for 70-640 & 70-642 exam which am intend to take soon. Is it tough ?

    Hope to hear from you good commend.

    Thank you!

    Friday, June 15, 2012 3:06 PM
  • I'd like to find out how many question for 70-640 & 70-642 exam

    Microsoft does not release the number of questions that are in exams.  Furthermore, there's no guarantee that you'll get the same number of questions as someone else.

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    Friday, June 15, 2012 11:52 PM
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