Microsoft has two certification programs that are designed to emphasize both the primary technology skill set and the job role of the individual.   With the new programs, individuals can focus on their technical or professional skills that meet their needs.

These new programs are the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).  To define each of these programs are:

1.  Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – a certification program that tests a candidate’s knowledge of the technology rather than specific job skills.  This credential is for candidates who wish to focus on particular Microsoft technology.  It is a certification that is a pre-requisite to the Professional certification program as MCITP.  It does not require related work experience to gain MCTP certification but hands experience is an advantage. A MCTS holder is capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

Some of the technology skills include: Managing and maintaining Windows Server 2008, Administering, deploying and maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Developing business process and integration solutions by using BizTalk Server 2006, Managing Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 environments, Managing and supporting enterprise projects by using Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 and Deploying and maintaining Windows Vista client or 2007 Microsoft Office system computers.

2. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) – a certification program that shows skills in working with IT
infrastructures including the planning phases, deployment, support, maintenance, and optimization.  This program validates specific job-role skills outside of the core technology.  It enables individuals to distinguish themselves within specific job roles and technology specializations.

Some of the MCITP certifications are Business Intelligence Developer, Consumer Support Technician, Database Developer, Database Administrator, Enterprise Messaging Administrator, Enterprise Project Management, Enterprise Suuport technician, Enterprise Administrator, and Server Administrator.

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