One More Tool for Microsoft Certification Self-Study

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Despite signs that the economy is on the track to improvement, IT professionals are still worried about their job prospects. By cross-certifying in more than one skill area, you can improve your chances of landing decent employment. Genium Group Inc., which runs the Certification Zone Web site, says that this is the reason so many of the IT professionals who use its Cisco-centric certification study Web site are most interested in adding Microsoft certifications like the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) to their roster of credentials.




To help them, Genium Group has announced that it has added a Study Zone for the MCSA and MCSE Windows 2000/2003 certifications to its Certification Zone Web site, allowing IT professionals to use self-study to work their way toward these Microsoft credentials.




Certification Zone, at, has been around for four years, but until now it has focused specifically on Cisco certifications: the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE).




The new Microsoft study area on the Certification Zone Web site will allow MCSA and MCSE candidates to work through individual study guides. Each study guide focuses on a set of concepts required to pass a specific series of Microsoft certification exams. The site tracks and reports users’ progress through the study guides. 




Each study guide includes a tutorial that gives an overview and explanation of the topics and skills. Then, students answer questions to see if they understand the content they’ve covered. Finally, students complete real-world lab exercises.




One year of access to the five study guides for the MCSA certification costs $180, and one year of access to the eight study guides for the MCSE certification costs $225. In addition, candidates who need more help getting up to speed before taking the exams can pay an extra fee to get 24×7 telephony and IM access to a tutor.

Emily Hollis is associate editor for Certification Magazine. She can be reached at 

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