Microsoft has announced a new three-tiered certification programme for providing training and credentials for IT professionals and developers.
Microsoft said the new certifications – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist, Microsoft Certified IT Professional or Professional Developer, and Microsoft Certified Architect – are designed to better integrate with the company’s product roadmap and the changing IT environment in businesses.
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Microsoft said the new three-tiered programme offers a flexible curriculum to enhance technical knowledge and skills and a certification framework that helps individuals demonstrate their unique skills.
It is also designed to offer IT directors a proven benchmark for successful recruiting and staffing decisions.
Microsoft said these more-targeted credentials can be achieved with fewer exams, making it more cost-effective for individuals and organisations to validate specific sets of skills.
The first new credentials will be offered for Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005, which will be available next month, to help Microsoft customers and partners more rapidly adopt the new products.
Industry partners will also be able to take advantage of a new level of integration between Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Partner Program, which will allow them to apply Microsoft Certified Professional certifications towards multiple Microsoft Solution Competencies.
“Today’s systems require IT professionals and developers to possess more specialised skills,” said Lutz Ziob, general manager for Microsoft Learning.
“These new certifications are key to helping customers and partners continuously build the skills they need to successfully adopt and deploy Microsoft technologies,” she said.