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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: ACE NewsByte: Recertification Exams Coming Soon!

    Do you have a MCSD or MCSE that's about to expire? Want to keep your certification current? Wondering how to recertify? You're not the only one with questions, but Briana and Liberty have answers. They share what's going on with recertification in the first installment of the ACE NewsByte...
  • Blog Post: Ask an MCT: Advice for Newbies from Armando Lacerda

    Those of you who are participating in our Certification Challenge are familiar with our online study groups here on Born To Learn. Many Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) volunteer their time and expertise by moderating the study group forums, and we want to introduce them to our broader community with...
  • 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: Stories from the Trainers' Trenches: Armando Lacerda

    Earlier this week, we introduced you to Armando Lacerda , a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), who shared his advice for newbies preparing to take a Microsoft Certification exam for the first time. This week, Armando is back to share with us stories from his experience as a long-time MCT who has travelled...
  • Blog Post: Update: App Review to Cert Pilot Program Now Open Worldwide

    Based on customer demand, Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) are expanding the App Review To Cert Pilot to cover the worldwide MCP community. Originally launched in July, this program aligns with the needs of software developers for a real-world performance-based alternative...
  • Blog Post: My Certification Journey - Part 3 (There and Back Again)

    Well…I did it. Two days ago, I passed Exam 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# and completed my requirements to earn the MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# certification. Of course, I'm elated - this achievement makes it to my Top 10 list of professional goals - but...
  • Blog Post: MCSD Recertification Exams Now Available

    The first wave of recertification exams, corresponding to all five MCSD specialties, is now available. Details can be found on the web pages referenced below. Please note that recertification exams cover material from the exams taken to originally earn the credential, with particular emphasis on the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Pearson VUE partner to make exam-taking and scheduling more convenient

    At Microsoft, we’re committed to giving you powerful computing, at any location and on any device. That principle applies to training, too: it should be just as convenient for you to learn how to make the most of our products and gain valuable certifications. So I'm pleased to tell you that...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Azure Certifications Now Available

    To support the Microsoft community in adoption of Microsoft Azure as the cloud for their modern businesses, Microsoft Learning is proud to announce the availability of two new Microsoft Azure exams. Each of the following exams awards individuals with a Microsoft Specialist certification, validating knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Electives for Windows Server 2012 & SQL Server 2012 MCSA Certifications Now Available

    Effective September 15, 2014, Microsoft is introducing electives to the Windows Server 2012 and the SQL Server 2012 MCSA certifications. This new electives process gives flexibility in choosing the path that’s right for you and your organization. Two exams in each path will be required, and...
  • 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: 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: 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: ACE NewsByte: What to Expect with Online Proctoring

    Microsoft Learning recently announced that candidates can take certain exams from almost anywhere through VUE's online proctoring option. We are one of the first large certification programs to offer candidates the option to take exams online (from almost anywhere, including your home or office)...