This week, the Certification team will host three events during PDC hours to give developers the opportunity to see what’s new in certification at Microsoft and help shape our program. All events will take place on Thursday, October 28, in Building 40, Classroom 3 on Microsoft Main Campus in Redmond. If you’ve already signed up to a take the new beta exams for Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications (Exam 70-583) or Developing Microsoft Silverlight 4 Applications (Exam 70-506) at the Certification Test Center at PDC, stop by and say hello!

If you’re interested in attending any of the events, please RSVP by emailing me (sfilkins@microsoft.com) with “Certification Events” in the subject line. Note: The Innovative Item Type event is limited to 10 participants. An NDA is required of all participants in the Innovative Item Type and Certification Program Enhancements events.

Can’t make it? We’ll post a summary on the Born to Learn website following the events.

To arrange transportation between Building 40 and Building 33 (Conference Center): Inform the receptionist at Building 33 that you would like a "red route" shuttle to Building 40. Wait time for the shuttle is about 5 minutes. When you are ready to leave Building 40, inform the receptionist that you'd like a shuttle back to Building 33.

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Innovative Item Types: Conditional Questioning

Join Microsoft Certification product planner Gerry O’Brien in a group exercise that explores the possibility of creating exam items based on different approaches to a single scenario. We’ll use content from Designing and Developing Web Applications Using .NET Framework 4 (Exam 70-519) as our starting point.

Note: This event is limited to 10 participants with skills in .NET Framework 4 web application design and development; an NDA is required of all participants. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis by email response. To participate, please email sfilkins@microsoft.com with “Certification Events” in the subject line.

When: 12:30-2:00 PM
Where: Building 40, Classroom 3, Microsoft Main Campus (Redmond)

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Influencing Developer Certification Exams: Join the community of item contributors

Learn about Microsoft’s new community authoring initiative for developer exams and find out how you can participate. Don Tanedo, a Content Development Manager with Microsoft Certification, will discuss the role of subject matter experts in the development of certification exams, methods of assessing skills in Microsoft certification exams, and the value of communities in shaping the direction and focus of developer certifications.

When: 3:00-4:00 PM
Where: Building 40, Classroom 3, Microsoft Main Campus (Redmond)

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Certification Program Enhancements: What Do You Think?

Help shape the future of the developer certification program! We'd like to get your feedback on a couple of ideas. Stop by building 40 between 10:00 and 4:00 PM to share your opinions. Event format will be an informal discussion with Krista Wall, Certification Product Manager. Note: An NDA is required of all participants.

When: Drop in between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM
Where: Building 40, Classroom 3, Microsoft Main Campus (Redmond)