Microsoft’s April Shower of Exams

Last year, Microsoft Learning announced that it would restructure its entire certification program in order to better align to technologies and specific jobs in the IT industry. This month, as the end of the first wave of certification tests under this new system draws closer, Microsoft has seven exams slated for release.


“We’re feeling really good about the progress we’ve made,” said Al Valvano, director of certification at Microsoft Learning. “When we first started talking about the new generations of certs last year, we had set out a timetable of what we hoped to achieve and laid out a road map for that first wave of products. The good news is that we’re still proceeding on plan. We’ve had no major shifts in strategy or any changes in timelines. We’ve gotten out our upgrade exams for people who are currently certified as MCDBA on SQL Server 2000 or as an MCAD or MCSD on .NET. We’ve got a couple more to go beyond this, and that’ll pretty much close down that first wave of releases.”


This month’s exams, which are tied to Microsoft’s latest versions of SQL Server and Visual Studio, include 70-529 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development (English), 70-431 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance (German, Japanese, French), 70-442 PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (English), 70-443 PRO: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (German, French), 70-444 PRO: Optimizing…


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