New SharePoint Certifications available in June this year

I have blogged here in the past about the various Microsoft certifications I have studied for and gained after passing the exams. 4 of these are specifically SharePoint certifications so it was with great interest that I listened to the Microsoft bods at the SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas last year talk about the plans to update and improve the offering with the release of SharePoint 2010 this year.

Firstly they indicated that the first step, obviously, will be to update the existing certification to reflect the new product. The base of the exams will be expanded as well to cover developer focused certification as well.

Second they indicated that the overarching certification, MCTS, that you received if you passed ANY one of the previous exams will expand into a more comprehensive set of umbrella certifications i.e.

MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
Microsoft Official Curriculum: With the training courses of this MCTS certification, IT Professionals can learn configuration skills for SharePoint, including deployment, upgrade, management and operation on a server farm.

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
Microsoft Official Curriculum: Developing on SharePoint2010 Technical Specialist
5 day instructor led training course designed for developerswith 6 months or more of .NET development experience. It covers what you need to know to be a productive member of a SharePoint development team using Visual Studio 2010.

MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-668: PRO: SharePoint 2010, Administrator
Microsoft Official Curriculum: The training courses of this MCITP certification cover advanced SharePoint 2010 topics like capacity planning, topology designing and performance tuning

MCPD– Microsoft Certified Professional Developer

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
Microsoft Official Curriculum: Developing on SharePoint 2010 Professional
5 day instructor led training course designed for development team leads who have already passed the Developing on SharePoint 2010 technical specialist exam. It covers choosing technologies for and scoping a SharePoint project, best practices for SharePoint development, configuring a SharePoint development environment, advanced use of SharePoint developer features and debugging of code in a SharePoint project.

These new certifications also feed into the Microsoft Certified Master certification for SharePoint 2010. The MCM for SharePoint 2007 required 4 MCTS certifications whereas the 2010 version will require the MCPD and MCITP for SharePoint 2010. The experience requirements have not yet been release nor has the how the upgrade will work from MCM 2007 to MCM 2010.

MCM – Microsoft Certified Master

IT Pro / Dev
Microsoft Certified Master: SharePoint Server 2010

All SharePoint 2010 exams and certifications will be available in June 2010.
For more information on SharePoint 2010 exams and certifications, and how you can get ready for SharePoint 2010, please visit this page on the MS Partner site.

Looks like I might have a busy time in the second half of the year (unless I can get an invite to the Beta exams) studying for and sitting some new certification exams 🙂

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