Microsoft is preparing changes to user certification programmes that will accompany the launch of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 in November.
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The changes introduce three new user focus areas for achieving a Microsoft certified technology specialist certification in SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005, allowing software engineers to demonstrate their area of expertise.
For Visual Studio, software engineers will be able to achieve a certification in either web, Windows or distributed development.
SQL Server certified technology specialists will be able to achieve certification as a database administrator, database developer or business intelligence developer.
Currently, Visual Studio offers only application developer and solutions developer certifications, and SQL Server only offers a database administrator certification.
The specialist certifications will not cost more. Microsoft plans to release more details on the certifications this autumn, ahead of the SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 launches.