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What is MCTS?
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams will lead the way to you getting Microsoft’s newest generation of certifications. Passing an MCTS exam and getting an MCTS certification validates your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products. In addition, being MCTS certified demonstrates to employers, customers and the industry that you truly have the skills necessary to make a difference in their organization and that you are capable of implementing, troubleshooting, building and debugging a particular Microsoft products and technologies.
According to Microsoft, “The MCTS certification helps enable IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise”.
The new certification tracks are much like Cisco’s, where there are specialist certifications to go along with the more general CCNA, then mid-level certifications such as the CCNP, and then a more-advanced practical exam modeled somewhat after the coveted CCIE certification.
What Products Can I Certify On?
There are several MCTS Tracks. Three of them deal with .NET Framework 2.0; these are the Web Application, Windows Applications, and Distributed Applications certifications. Microsoft also allows you to obtain an MCTS certification on a selection of “Other Technologies”, such as a BizTalk Server single-exam certification, Microsoft Dynamics and Volume Licensing.
- Exchange Server
- Lync Server and Office Communications Server
- Project and Project Server
- SharePoint and SharePoint Server
- SQL Server
- System Center
- Visual Studio
- Windows Client (Currently Vista and Windows 7)
- Windows Embedded
- Windows Mobile
- Windows Server
- Other technologies (Volume Licensing, etc.)
Who Should Look to Get an MCTS?
Microsoft has indicated that the idea candidate for the MCTS is an IT professional with 1 to 2 years of experience. An IT professional seeking to obtain the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) must pass 1 to 2 exams, depending on the product track(s) they have chosen.
Why Did Microsoft Do This?
According to their website, Microsoft feels that IT hiring managers today have a tough time deciding which computer certifications best identify job candidates who best meet their needs. These more-specific certifications should make it easier for the job candidate to prove that they can do the job – and easier for the hiring manager to make an informed decision.
Another benefit of getting an MCTS certification, is that it allows you membership into the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community. This gives you access several resources such as career-related tools, discounts on products and services.
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