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  • Blog Post: Follow-Up: App Review To Cert Pilot Program

    ​Microsoft Learning and Premier Field Engineering are off to a great start with the App Review To Cert Pilot Program launched on July 3rd, 2014. Over 60 MCPs have applied for the program to earn credit towards MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification through review and submission of a C# or HTML5...
  • Blog Post: Get Credit Towards Certification with your Windows Store Apps

    Just in case you didn't get a chance to read this week's MCP newsletter, here's info on an exciting new certification pilot program we launched today... To align with the needs of software developers for a real-world performance-based alternative to exams for validating their technical...
  • Blog Post: Calling all SharePoint 2013 Developers - Need your feedback on recert exam

    Microsoft is developing Exam 70-517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications , and we’d like your help. If you have experience with developing applications for SharePoint 2013, we need your feedback for our blueprinting exercise. The blueprint determines how many questions each...
  • Blog Post: Certification Update - Recertification Exams (Revised)

    NOTE: My thanks to all that provided feedback on this thread. Based on concerns you raised about maintenance of multiple MCSD and/or MSCE certifications, we have been able to make a change to the recertification deadline to ensure that all individuals will have a minimum of 12 months to prepare for...
  • Blog Post: Join New Horizons for National Certification Day on May 31, 2014

    (Please visit the site to view this video) IT professionals and developers in the United States are invited to participate in online forums and self-paced events leading up to "National Certification Day" on Saturday, May 31, 2014. During the month of May, take advantage of free Microsoft...
  • 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: Exam/Certification Update - MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

    To help students stay current with the latest ALM processes and tools, Exams 496, 497, and 498 will be refreshed on June 8, 2014 to cover solutions based on Visual Studio 2013 and Team Foundation Server 2013. Details on the exam updates, in the form of side-by-side comparisons of exam objectives,...
  • Blog Post: Certification Update 2: SQL Server 2014

    To help MCITP: SQL Server 2008 credential holders upgrade to MCSE: Data Platform and MCSE: Business Intelligence certifications while staying current with upcoming release of SQL Server 2014, upgrade exams 70-459 and 70-460 will be updated on May 15, 2014 to cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: List of Upcoming Exam Retirements - April 2014

    As technology changes, we add new exams and revise or retire older exams. We have planned the exam retirement dates for the next 12 months and have listed them in a downloadable page below. Both the exams and dates that are planned for retirement are subject to change, so please check the exam retirement...
  • Blog Post: What are the Hot Trends and Innovations Happening in the Testing Industry? What Do You Think?

    As I promised in a my post about a session that Super Sigma... I mean, Briana, and I presented at the Innovations in Testing Conference in March, I want to share what I learned about trends, innovations, and hot topics that are emerging in the testing industry. As Kerri Davis mentioned in her post ,...
  • Blog Post: A Day in the Life... of a PjM!

    Hello hello everyone! Psychomagician and I are bringing you a mini-series within the ACE Chronicles. The ‘Day in the Life’ trio of episodes will give you behind the scene insights into what a PjM, CDM, and Psychometrician actually do every day! You didn’t think that these fun videos...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Test Fest on Campus - What a day!

    Not that long ago Veronica in her blog post Do Microsoft Employees Get Certified? talked about a Test Fest happening on our Redmond campus, so I decided to be part of it. Now, I’m not technical like most of you are so I went for an MOS PowerPoint 2013 certification. But before I go on, I...
  • Blog Post: Exam/Certification Update 2 - MCSD: Web Applications

    To help students stay current with the latest Web Application development processes, Exams 486 and 487 will be refreshed on April 30, 2014 to cover solutions based on Visual Studio 2013, MVC 5, and recent developments in Windows Azure. Details on the exam updates, in the form of side-by-side comparisons...
  • Blog Post: Announcing a New Way to Add Microsoft Certifications to Your LinkedIn Profile

    If you’re career-focused, you’re probably maintaining an active profile on LinkedIn—the world’s largest professional network. It is essential for building and engaging with relationships that land your next job…or a new career. I’m very excited to announce that...
  • Blog Post: My Certification Journey - Episode 2

    Thanks for tuning in for another installment of my personal pursuit of the coveted MCSD: Windows Store Apps credential. Riding the wave of euphoria from passing Exam 70-483: Programming in C# on 31-Jan, I immediately created my study plan for Exam 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps...
  • Blog Post: Do Microsoft Employees Get Certified?

    Microsoft is very supportive of employees' professional development, and that includes the pursuit of Microsoft certification. Regular readers of our blog recently heard from Larry Kaye about his journey toward MCSD. Larry's day job is to manage the certification portfolios related...
  • Blog Post: Certification Update: SQL Server 2014

    To help students stay current with upcoming release of SQL Server 2014, all MCSE-level SQL exams (464 through 467) will be updated on April 24, 2014 to cover solutions based on both SQL Server 2012 and 2014 products. The MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential and associated exams (461/462/463) will remain...
  • Blog Post: Training and Certification Guide-- now available as an app!

    Do you recall seeing this subway map? Perhaps at a tech event? It's an awesome roadmap of all of our technical certifications, with the exams clearly mapped to the corresponding Microsoft Official Courseware. Well, we're proud to announce this fantastic subway map is available as a free...
  • Blog Post: Lions, Tigers and Bears - oh my! Microsoft is evolving the exam UI!

    We have a great opportunity for you to learn how we are updating our exam user interface (UI) for a more modern look and feel! We are working hard to create an exam experience that provides the best design for its purpose: to certify people on Microsoft technologies! We are taking the time to invest...
  • Blog Post: My Certification Journey

    Greetings, Fellow Developers: Taking a break from reporting on developer and SQL certification news to share with you my personal certification journey. I spent the first 10 years of my career as an enterprise developer and enjoyed every minute of it, especially the iterations to tweak the user...
  • Blog Post: Well, hello there!

    Hi All! This is Laura, I’m the new gal on the Microsoft Learning Assessment and Certification Exams (ACE) Team. So I’m basically the last to join the blog wagon but I thought it would be fun if you joined me on my journey as I learn what I’ll be doing here at Microsoft Learning...
  • Blog Post: Superheroes may be super human... but that doesn't mean they don't make mistakes!

    Check out the best of bloopers reel from Psychomagician and Super Sigma's first few dabbles in filming. Everyone knows that all superheroes have their weaknesses, right? Come on, Superman is powerless against Kyrptonite… and what about Woleverine? You know he doesn’t stand a chance...
  • Blog Post: MCSA: Windows 8 and MCSA: Windows Server 2012 exams to be updated January 28, 2014

    A few months back we let you all know that we are updating our exams to cover Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2. Well, the day is approaching quickly when the updates will be seen in the exams. In just under 3 weeks, on January 28th, you will see the updated content in the...
  • Blog Post: Exam/Certification Update - MCSD: Web Applications

    To stay aligned with how developers build Web applications, the Microsoft Learning Experiences team is making a few exciting updates to the MCSD: Web Applications certification: 1. CHOICE: Web application development often requires a combination of programming languages for implementation, so students...
  • Blog Post: Super Sigma and Psychomagician Ring in the New Year by Celebrating 5 Key Moments from the ACE Chronicles

    One of my favorite parts about the year end is looking back over the year and finding the key moments that made the year great. These moments are often converted into “top 10” lists that are always fun to read (or watch). With that in mind, Super Sigma and I reviewed the videos we shared...