Announcing the Microsoft Certification Challenge

Announcing the Microsoft Certification Challenge

Veronica Sopher - Microsoft

 For those who are regular visitors of Born to Learn, you know about (and likely participated in) the "60 Days to MCSE" and "90 Days to MCSA" peer challenges in previous years. Those challenges were initiated by the MCP community, with support from Microsoft Learning. Along the way, we heard from many who want to get started with other Microsoft certification paths, or need more time to gather information and resources, and still very much want to be part of a community-based challenge.

Today, Melissa Bathum and I are pleased to announce a new and expanded Microsoft Certification Challenge. This Certification Challenge is for everyone who is interested in becoming a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). It is also for MCPs who are continuing to expand or upgrade their Microsoft Certifications. From now through July 2014, we're assembling training and exam prep resources in one place: study guides, books, videos, discount offers, etc. We'll also bring you expert advice via guest blog posts, discussions, and (soon) a place to showcase your success. To gain access to all this, you just need to decide it's time to get that certification and join the group.

The challenge is simple: achieve your Microsoft certification within 180 days, and you could see yourself featured on Microsoft websites. Make a commitment to yourself. Join the challenge today.

Comments
  • Ryan Easte
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    The PDF's with the "checklists are silly I mean most of it can be done in 30 min on day one.. Find a book?  Get a 2nd shot voucher? none of it has anything to do with how you spend those 60 - 180 days its just a list of resourses .. A real checklist would be taking the exam objectives, putting them in a user friendly pdf, and then saying Day one - learn about xyz  and here is where u will find the info on said subject.  IMO would make for a much more productive checklist. Back to the drawing board people. Poorly implimented.

  • Luigi Bruno
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    I subscribe Ryan's thoughts about the checklist: they have to be improved.

    Furthermore, I've noticed that the "Visit the Tools You Can Use page" and "Read the challenge blog now" links do not point to any page.

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @Ryan - Hi! Thanks for your comment. I'm glad you took some time to check out the challenge. Definitely appreciate your point about the checklists being generic, as they're meant to be reminders. Everyone has a different starting point, experience level, learning style, exam schedule, etc., and therefore a unique study plan.

    In the study group wikis, you'll find community-contributed exam prep resources that are organized by exam objectives. These may be the more in-depth info you need for mapping out your own study plan. Check them out!

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    @Luigi - Hello. The links will be accessible once you've logged in and joined the challenge group.

  • Luigi Bruno
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    After logging in with my Windows Live account (the same that I use for MCP and MVA), I've clicked the "Join the challenge today" link: the new page opens but when I click on the "Go straight to the challenge" link I can see only a page with the text "Group Not Found".

  • Konstantin Ceran (Regional Lead - Istanbul,Turkey)

    @Luigi: I think you can go straight to the group page following this link:

    borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../default.aspx

  • Konstantin Ceran (Regional Lead - Istanbul,Turkey)

    @Ryan: I think what you ask for has been already implemented. For example, the exam 70-410 has a "Prep resources by objective " section. Here is the link:

    borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../491.410-installing-and-configuring-windows-server-2012.aspx

  • vilarhernan
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    hi,

    when trying to join the challenge we get this error message..

    Group Not Found

    The requested Group cannot be found.

    Many thanks.

    Regards,

    Hernan Vilar

  • Luigi Bruno
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    Me too, Hernan: three times the same problem.

  • Brian W
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    I keep getting GROUP NOT FOUND when going to the challenge...

  • Jason Krause.
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    "Group Not Found - The requested Group cannot be found. "

    Link on site points to borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../assignrole.aspx

    Redirects to borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../default.aspx

  • Ricardo Batioja MCT
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    Same here... Group not found... Come on Team, you can make it better!!!

    As Konstantin said, you can go to the Microsoft Certification Study Groups using this link borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../default.aspx

    Hope everything will be fine soon to join the CHALLENGE!!!

  • Veronica Sopher - Microsoft
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    Hi everyone - Sorry if you're having trouble joining the group. Lots of participants are in already, so we'll need to check on your individual profiles. Hold tight for a bit!

  • Jason Krause.
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    The PDF study plans refer to practice tests, but unfortunately, that is a bit of a hollow recommendation at this point. Only one MCSE tract has %100 practice exam coverage at this point.

    social.microsoft.com/.../choosing-your-mcse-goals-based-on-microsoft-press-training

  • Jason Krause.
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    @Veronica: I believe what Ryan was trying to say is that these PDFs are not plans, but rather loosely organized checklist. That's fine, but a checklist is not a plan, and this is not new material. This is almost identical to the now neglected "Learning Plans" and provide just as little value : learning.microsoft.com/.../LearningPlanV2.aspx

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