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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

If you have an MCSE/MCSD or are planning to get one – this affects you


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Microsoft’s head of communications, Tim Sneath wants to make the MCSD and MCSE ‘harder for everyone.

Last year, the retirement of Microsoft’s Master level certs left the most determined of IT professionals without top tier Microsoft qualifications to strive for. The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) have all been discontinued without replacement.

But whilst there are no plans to release a new pinnacle certification, Microsoft does have something else in mind.


Without the Master Level certifications, there's a new top tier

Currently, the most advanced Microsoft certifications on offer are the MCSE and MCSD. To reflect their top-tier status, Microsoft now plans on upping the difficulty of both MCSE and MCSD certifications. 

Sneath describes the changes: ‘[Microsoft] will add a variety of richer test types that make it harder for people to memorise answers. We’re also adding richer questioning types. In testing for SQL certifications, we ask you to actually create an SQL query.’

The aim is to make certifications reflect more practical knowledge, not just theory.

Microsoft wants the route to an MCSE/MCSD to be more rigorous, but without excluding the majority. Instead of just a small elite group of cert holders, Microsoft now wants to embrace a broader community. These tougher certs will be promoted as something new and unique.

Sneath received his MCSE 20 years ago – ‘I thought I was pretty special. We want to bring that back.

And the changes to MCSD and MCSE certs don’t just apply for new candidates. As MCSE holders are required to recertify every three years, and MCSD holders every two years; these changes definitely have the potential to catch some professionals out.

Microsoft haven't yet announced a time-frame for these new updates, so if you’re recertification is looming, or you’re planning on achieving one of Microsoft’s new pinnacle certs – now's the time to so. You can find our full range of MCSE and MCSD certs here.

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Monday, 19 November 2012

Individual Exam Sessions for Red Hat

The idea was introduced back in June and has given students a lot more flexibility.

Red Hat Individual ExamsTraditionally, Red Hat was known for its lab based exams which were taken directly after the course. With this new method, the candidate can choose the date, place and time to take the exam. The candidate can then feel a little more prepared before going in.

The drawback is that there are a small number of individual exam centers around the world. Also, as the system is arranged through a reservation process, it depends on the availability of a lab and onsite proctor, which could mean waiting months before taking the exam.

The individual exam is exactly the same as the exam used in the classroom session.

If you fail the exam, the computer will give you the option to choose when to retake it.

The only European Red Hat individual exam location is in London. The following exams are included:

Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) Exam (EX200)
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Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) Exam (EX300)
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Red Hat Directory Services and Authentication Exam (EX423)
[You must be a current RHCE® to take EX423.]
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Red Hat Enterprise SELinux Policy Administration Expertise Exam (EX429)
[You must be a current RHCE® to take EX429]
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Red Hat Enterprise Clustering andStorage Management Exam (EX436)
[You must be a current RHCE® to take EX436.]
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Red Hat Enterprise Performance Tuning Exam (EX442)
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JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) Exam (EX336)
[This version of the JBCAA exam relates to JBoss® Enterprise Application Platform 5.]
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JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) Exam (EX248)
[This version of the JBCAA exam relates to JBoss Enterprise Application Platform 6.]
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JBoss Certified Developer in Persistence (JBCD-Persistence) Exam (EX297)
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JBoss Certified Developer in Seam (JBCD-Seam) Exam (EX311)
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JBoss Certified Developer in ESB (JBCD-ESB) Exam (EX431)
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How to Register for and take an Individual Exam Session:
  1. Click on exam you are interested in above and then click the Enroll Today button,
  2. Fill out the order form and submit payment. You’ll receive an email confirming your purchase and details of the next steps.
  3. After your confirmation email, create an account with Innovative Exams.
  4. You can then schedule your exam by choosing your exam, date and time. You will receive an email confirming your scheduled exam and detailing instructions on what to do on your testing day.
  5. Show up for your exam on the chosen date and time, and take your exam.



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