SharePoint 2010 certification paths

Future SharePoint 2010 Certifications
(Disclaimer: this information is not confirmed or posted anywhere that I have seen.  Its based upon printed marketing material, and the 2010 certification release of other server platforms.)

With the release of SharePoint 2010 this year, there will also be a release of new certifications.  The best part however, is that there will be the release of additional certifications that will fill the gap of that middle-ground.

MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-668: PRO: SharePoint 2010, Administrator

MCPD– Microsoft Certified Professional Developer

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

MCM – Microsoft Certified Master

IT Pro / Dev
Microsoft Certified Master: SharePoint Server 2010

Although I’m not graphically showing a road map here, as you may be able to interpret these are in order of a career path, so MCTS would come before MCITP / MCPD and those would come before MCM.  There are also plans for a MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect) that have not been released.  Essentially that’s the cream of the crop.

Now that I think about it, the Microsoft Certification path follows almost a Higher Education academic degree system, and probably not by mistake.

MCTS = Associate’s Degree

MCITP/MCPD = Bachelor’s Degree

MCM = Master’s Degree

MCA = Doctoral Degree

I’m pretty pumped about the new certs coming out.  I have been studying for MCITP – Enterprise Administrator, and look forward to studying for MCITP – SharePoint Server 2010.  If you don’t have any certifications associated with your name, it will be a great year to get started.  🙂

Additional Information

Now available! 70-669: TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization

Exam 70-669 is now available in Prometric testing centers. This is a Technical Specialist exam designed to assess candidates’ hands-on skills in Windows Server 2008 R2 desktop virtualization.

Candidates for this exam should have more than one and a half years of experience as virtualization administrators working with desktop virtualization technologies such as Windows Virtual PC, MED-V, Windows XP Mode for Windows 7, App-V, Remote Desktop Services, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), Windows Server 2008 R2 environments, and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2. Additionally, candidates have experience with server virtualization products and technologies, including Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, Windows PowerShell 2.0, and System Center Configuration Manager.

This exam covers the following topics:

  • Deploying and Managing an Enterprise Desktop Virtualization Environment
  • Deploying and Managing a Presentation Virtualization Environment
  • Deploying and Managing an Application Virtualization (App-V) Environment
  • Managing a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Environment

For a more detailed list of the skills measured on this exam, check out the prep guide. To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.