Overview of the new Microsoft certification tracks

Microsoft has released a nice overview of the new certification tracks and which exams to take to achieve this certification status.

They have described 5 major tracks on which you can certify yourself.

  • The Business track: Microsoft Office Specialist certification demonstrates that an individual is proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and has the most up-to-date skills. Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist helps increase everyday productivity while providing the tools to succeed in a technology-driven world.
  • The Client track: Getting certified on the Windows operating system can help your students expand career goals. In today’s increasingly complex IT environment, a Windows certification helps prove to customers and employers that they have the technical skills necessary to do the job.
  • The Server track: Windows Server 2012 takes a big step in the areas of virtualization, networking, storage, and user experience. Certification validates students’ expertise in designing, implementing, configuring, or managing a Windows Server infrastructure or desktops and devices. Students can advance to earn either the MCSE: Server Infrastructure certification or the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification.
  • The Database track: The data explosion is happening at every level of the business—across devices, applications, and individual roles. Becoming certified on Microsoft SQL Server proves students’ knowledge and skills in designing, building, and maintaining the next wave of cloud-ready database and information solutions. Two MCSE certifications are available for SQL Server 2012:
    • An MCSE: Data Platform certification demonstrates indispensable expertise to build enterprise-scale data solutions on-premises or in the cloud.
    • Students can showcase skills in developing and deploying visually rich business intelligence solutions and reports by earning an MCSE: Business Intelligence certification.
  • The Development track: Organizations demand beautiful, elegant apps that are alive with activity. This certification path demonstrates your students’ expertise at designing and developing the fast and fluid Windows 8 apps by earning Windows Store Apps and Web App certifications. There are two paths to achieving Windows Store Apps certification—using HTML5 or C#—as well as a separate path for Web Apps.

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