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Longest Certification Title Ever

Posted in General | WF | Certifications at Thursday, May 1, 2008 7:29 AM Pacific Daylight Time

I just recently found out that I passed the WF 3.5 beta exam (well, actually I passed it some time ago but it took Prometric, the world's worst test provider, a while to figure out how to send the score to Microsoft). So here is my new logo:


Since they wrap a lot of the words, you really need to spell it out:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist - .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications

I think that is my longest certification title to date. The Windows Mobile 5.0 is a close second.

BTW - I also found out that I didn't pass the WPF or the WCF exams so I'll have to retake the real ones at some point.

Exam 70-540 Results Posted

Posted in Gadgets | Certifications | Windows Mobile at Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:48 AM Pacific Standard Time

Howard Dierking announced that the Mobile Exam has gone live [Via Email]:

The long-awaited mobility developer exam (70-540) was released today! Check out the preparation guide for a list of the topics covered and links to resources to help you prepare. When you feel ready, you can register for the exam at either Pearson VUE or Prometric.

According to Vue I passed the exam which I took back in September during the beta. That gives me another certification MCTS - Windows Mobile 5.0 Applictions. I think it is pretty interesting that even though I'm one of the first people to get the certification it is already out of date since Windows Mobile 6 has already been released.

Certifications Are Like Decorations

Posted in General | Certifications at Thursday, January 18, 2007 10:03 AM Pacific Standard Time

Jeff Atwood asks Do Certifications Matter? Personally I think there are two main uses for certifications:

  1. Inexperienced developers trying to break into that first job
  2. Experienced developers who want some decorations

In the first case, even though they don't mean a whole lot, I do feel better hiring someone fresh out of college if they are also an MCSD. While that doesn't mean they will come in at a higher level, it does mean that they have a better idea of the software development landscape and probably know more of what they don't know.

For the second case I think certifications matter even less between programmers, but probably have some impact in selling developers to a client. If I'm interviewing an experienced developer I'm definately much less interested in their certifications.

I personally like certifications. Not so much for selling myself to clients or potential employers, but as decorations. I enjoy taking tests and I don't spend anytime studying for the exams (unless I don't pass, then I generally see it as a real challenge). I also find them helpful because they help me to know what I know or don't know. If you take the beta exams, they are free, plus many times you get a voucher for passing them.

So to complete my analogy, certifications are like decorations and experience is like floorspace. If you have very little floorspace and lots of decorations, it will look cluttered and strange. The more floorspace you have, the more decorations you can have.

Do certification matter? I think so, but not as much as experience.

Beta Exam Extravaganza

Posted in Sql and Xml | SharePoint | Certifications | Vista at Tuesday, December 12, 2006 10:28 AM Pacific Standard Time

From LLiu on the SharePoint Team Blog

You are invited to take the following exams in their beta versions. If you pass either or both of the beta exams, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take the exam in its released form.

·         Exam 70-542: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development

o    Counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Application Development

·         Exam 70-541: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - Application Development

o    Counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Application Development

Plus I noticed that both the exams for the MCITP: BI certification are available and a few Windows Vista exams too.

  • 071-445 - TS: Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence - Implementation and Maintenance
  • 071-446 - PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using Microsoft® SQL Server 2005
  • 071-621 - UPG: Upgrading your MCDST Certification to MCITP Enterprise Support
  • 071-622 - PRO: Installing, Maintaining, Supporting, and Troubleshooting Applications on the Microsoft® Windows Vista Client - Enterprise
  • 071-624 - TS: Deploying and Maintaining Vista Client and Office 12 System Desktops using the BDD

The promo code for all these exams seems to be BTA + last three digits of the exam number (071-445 would be BTA445). If you've been working with these technologies then the beta exams are a great deal since they are free and even if you don't pass at least you know what you need to study.

SharePoint 2007 Beta Exams Available

Posted in SharePoint | Certifications at Thursday, November 2, 2006 6:05 AM Pacific Standard Time

You can sign up for them on the Vue website:

  • 071-630 TS: Configuring Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007
  • 071-631 TS: Configuring Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0

The exam dates are from 11/7/06 through 11/20/06. The exam promo codes are BET630 and BET631. Good luck!

WM5 Beta Exam Promo Code

Posted in Gadgets | Certifications | Windows Mobile at Monday, August 21, 2006 2:46 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Via Jason Langridge:

We've just released preliminary details of the Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 - Application Development certified professional exam.

This exam is currently in development. It is expected to be released in its beta version in August 2006. 

To get a headstart on studying for this you can review the pre-release information at:


You can head over to the Vue website and register for this exam right now. The beta exam is exam number 71-540. You can schedule to take it anytime after September 5th, 2006.

The promo code for this exam is BTA540 which will allow you to take it for free!

Good luck!

Update: More information on the exam and the promo code here.

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YAC - BizTalk

Posted in BizTalk | Certifications at Monday, July 24, 2006 3:27 AM Pacific Daylight Time

I found out today that I passed that BizTalk 2006 exam (70-235) that I took back in June. This gives me yet another certification to add to my list:

I'm guessing that a lot of the BAM/Rules questions were cut from the exam otherwise I wouldn't have passed. :)


Posted in Sql and Xml | Certifications at Monday, July 17, 2006 9:43 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Yet Another Certification....

Just passed 70-442 on Friday. I think I'm done taking Microsoft exams for a little while. At least until the Mobile 5 exam comes out...

Passed 553 and 554 Upgrade Exams

Posted in General | Avanade | Certifications at Friday, June 2, 2006 1:13 AM Pacific Daylight Time

Well I'm back from vacationing in New York and Connecticut for a week (which was great) and I just found out that I passed the 553 and 554 exams which I took while they were in beta. Passing these two exams not only gives you a MCPD:EA cert, it also gives you three others! Add that to my other recent certification and my existing ones and I could have quite a signature. :)

MCTS: BizTalk 2006 Beta Exam Promo Code

Posted in BizTalk | Certifications at Thursday, May 11, 2006 3:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time

The new BizTalk 2006 exam for the MCTS: BizTalk 2006 cert is now available on the Vue website in its beta form (you just can't schedule it until May 24). I know there is a promo code out there somewhere that will let you take this exam for free but so far I haven't found it (I've tried combos of 235 and BTA, BTS, BIZ to no avail). Anyone know the promo code?

Update: Just received this from Jim Clark of MS Learning (through Marty):

Hi Kris, registration for this beta exam is available now, and the exam will run 5/24 – 6/2. The invitations for this exam have been slightly delayed until the Preparation Guide goes live on the web site (hopefully today, if not tomorrow).

Registration info:

To register for this exam or for information about testing centers in your area, call:

  • Prometric: (800) 755-EXAM (800-755-3926)
  • VUE: 800 TEST REGistration (800-837-8734)

Outside the U.S./Canada, please visit the following Web sites for registration information:

The promo code is TS235, and you can send this to anyone you wish.

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