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  • Blog Post: Purchasing an OEM Windows Server? Get a MCP Exam & eBook for FREE

    Hot off the presses, we’ve got a great new offer that we’re really excited about sharing with you! Right now, if you purchase a Windows Server, you’ll receive on-demand content, a Microsoft certification exam and an eBook for FREE! That’s a value of $180. What exams can you...
  • Blog Post: Free MCP Practice Test Offer from Pearson VUE

    Pearson VUE is so excited about delivering MCP exams again that they're offering candidates free practice tests! Between now and December 31, 2014, purchase an MCP exam and get a practice test at no cost. Get the confidence and preparation you need to pass that exam before year end. To take advantage...
  • Blog Post: MCP Voice: “Microsoft Certification helped me to step into the next level”

    When I was growing up, my mom often told me, “Anything worth doing won’t come easy.” Of course, as a kid, I didn’t exactly appreciate this lesson from her, but now that I’m an adult (at least according to my ID), I understand what she was talking about. To me, the statement...
  • Blog Post: Highlights and insights: A look back at September

    And just like that, September is over–but what a month it was! Here on the Microsoft Learning Team, things were very busy in September. During the month, we announced a new partnership, shared discounts with you, and even had new certifications to tell you about. With so much going on, it can...
  • Blog Post: Join The Office 365 Certification Study Group

    Back in August, MCSA: Office 365 became an additional path onto three MCSE titles: Communications (Lync), Messaging (Exchange), and SharePoint. (Read Holly Dickson's announcement here .) For those who focus on on-prem deployment, MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is still the path of choice, but for those...
  • Blog Post: Get Your 15% MCP Exam Discount Code

    The last quarter of 2014 is upon us. How's your progress toward your certification goal this year? To help you cross that finish line, we're bringing you a special 15% discount on all MCP exams scheduled and taken by December 31, 2014. There's no voucher to buy. No extra promotion page...
  • Blog Post: Put An MCP Shirt on Your Xbox Avatar

    We are excited to announce the availability of the Certified MCP shirts for Xbox Avatars in the Xbox Store. Now your avatar can show off his or her MCP pride, too! You can find these shirts for your avatar in the Xbox Games Store on xbox.com or on an Xbox 360 console. Search for "Certified...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Online Proctored MCP and MTA Exams

    Come on, admit it: you’ve always wanted to take one of our exams in your pajamas. I can’t be the only one. Or maybe you travel for business frequently and find yourself in a hotel room with nothing to do and nothing good on TV. Or maybe you just live hours away from the closest testing...
  • Blog Post: ACE NewsByte: Updating You on Some Cool Changes to Microsoft Certifications

    Have you heard the news? We have three big and fun announcements to share with our community! 1) Microsoft is creating more flexibility in how you can earn your MCSE Communication, Messaging, or SharePoint certification. Y ou can now satisfy the prerequisites for any of these three MCSE certifications...
  • Blog Post: We're Listening! Results from the MCP Survey!

    Every year, we randomly select...well...a lot of MCPs to participate in a survey to gauge satisfaction with the MCP program overall, evaluate the Microsoft Certification Program relative to programs of other IT vendors, and determine areas for improvement. We recently received the results from that survey...
  • Blog Post: Ask an MCT: Advice for Newbies from Nate Stammer

    Last week, we kicked off our brand new “ Ask an MCT ” blog series with an interview with Armando Lacerda, a long-time Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and a moderator in our Born To Learn online study groups . Today, we’re back with our next post in the series—helpful advice...
  • Blog Post: Technology and Microsoft Certifications Help Turn Around a Life

    Justin Durrant would seem to have life figured out. He’s 35, lives in the Minneapolis area, and has a high-powered job with Best Buy, leading that company’s migration from legacy Microsoft Windows 2003 servers to Windows Server 2012. In his spare time he enjoys playing Forza 5 on Xbox. ...
  • Blog Post: How I Earned Credits toward My College Degree with Microsoft Certifications

    You may have seen these advertisements: “Current IT Certifications could waive up to 25% of the credits toward your college degree.” I had ignored the ads in the past but thought it might be time to check them out. If nothing else, I could see if the claim in the ad was real. If it turns...
  • Blog Post: I Am: Ed Baker, Microsoft Technical Evangelist

    Last week we introduced you to Ed Baker , the former UK law enforcement agent who earned (many!) certifications and became a technical evangelist for Microsoft UK . Here's an update from Ed on his experience working in his new role, "selling people the art of the possible." I Am…...
  • Blog Post: I Became: One Cop’s Journey to Microsoft Technical Evangelist, via Certification

    Every journey from certification to career is unique. Sometimes, certification is the start to a career in technology. Other times, it's the catalyst for a change into a dramatically new world. Ed Baker is a prime example of a successful career shifter. Read on to learn how this former law enforcement...
  • Blog Post: Meet Frank, the Other Brother: "Never give up."

    Last week on Born to Learn, we published the story of John Deardurff , one of two brothers who set out to get certified, on a dare. This week we hear from Frank Deardurff, the other brother—a “family guy” who became an MCP and later a successful web developer. “Push through the...
  • Blog Post: Now Available On Demand: Exam Prep Sessions from TechEd NA 2014

    (Please visit the site to view this video) Whether you attended TechEd North America 2014 or not, all the Exam Prep sessions are available for you to watch anytime, thanks to our friends at Channel 9. Catch them all here . For ease of reference, here's the list of Exam Prep sessions in the...
  • Blog Post: Join Me for "Future of Certification" Focus Group at TechEd NA 2014

    I'm at TechEd North America this week, and will be holding a special focus group for attendees on Thursday. In exchange for your time and feedback, I will provide you with a Microsoft exam voucher to be used at a Prometric testing center (good through December 31, 2014). Below are the details...
  • Blog Post: Certification Central opens today at TechEd NA 2014

    Certification Central , where you'll find discounted MCP exams and free study resources at TechEd North America 2014, is located across the sky bridge at the Hilton. It is open at noon on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Sunday: 12-6pm Monday: 10:30am - 6pm Tuesday: 9:30am - 6pm Wednesday: 9...
  • Blog Post: Behind the scenes at TechEd North America 2014

    The Microsoft Learning team landed in Houston on May 9, 2014. Melissa Bathum got into George R. Brown Convention Center on May 10 and gave us a sneak peek of all the work going on: sound checks, forklifts beeping, hammering, etc. Watch her video here, and scroll down to see how many people you recognize...
  • Blog Post: #MCPBuilt App Review: Humbrol Paint Converter

    When I was younger, I often built plastic models of planes, tanks, and other military machines. I wanted the models to be very realistic, but it was often a challenge to find the correct paint colors. The local hobby shops did not have a big selection of paints. Usually, there were just a few different...
  • Blog Post: Have You Seen These Wanted Persons?

    We're rounding up MCPs and need your help spotting these wanted persons. They're wanted by @MSLearning and @TechEd_NA for being notorious in their field and solving heinous IT issues, and considered dangerously certifiable. Sources tell us they may surface in the Houston, Texas area over the...
  • Blog Post: MCP Success Story: Reggie Benito on Getting Certified at Age 43

    It is challenging to meet the demands of work and family life. To add studying on top of everything else? Sometimes that seems like a crazy idea. Maybe you're thinking you already have a good enough job. Maybe you think it's too late for you to start something new. Maybe you're afraid of...
  • Blog Post: #MCPBuilt App Review: PowerShell Hub (Windows Phone 8)

    Earlier this month , we asked you, the MCP community, to tell us about apps you’ve created, and how training and certification has benefited your development skills. Over the next few weeks, we’ll spotlight some of the submitted apps in the MCP newsletter, on the Born to Community, and here—the...
  • Blog Post: One month to TechEd NA 2014 - What to do now

    Okay, technically, TechEd North America 2014 is less than four weeks away. Some of our favorite TechEd alumni from Europe are already procuring goodies and packing for the trip (Hi Patrik and Bjarne!). I just watched Rick and Joey's latest Countdown Show episode (the one about the newbies, see below...