Monday, August 23, 2010

MCTS Certification: A Step in the Right Direction for Your Career

Did you know that you only need to pass one exam to earn your Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification? While MCITP requires passing two to four exams for certification, MCTS can be achieved sooner, and many of the single exams that you may pass to receive MCTS designation also count toward MCITP.

Eric Eckel, president of two technology consulting companies, published a list on TechRepublic of the top ten IT certifications from his practical viewpoint in the industry. Ranking MCTS as number two on his list, Eckel wrote, “Mastering a single exam, especially when available examinations help IT pros demonstrate expertise with such popular platforms as Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, is more than reasonable.”

The MCTS designation shows that an IT professional has mastered a specific Microsoft technology—and because Microsoft obviously offers a lot of different technologies, MCTS certification allows you to demonstrate a specialized expertise.

For example, a current LabSim user who recently graduated college, started his career in IT, and is beginning to train for certifications that will build his skillset, told me that working with servers is his passion. For him, the MCTS certification will be the best place to start. Either exam 70-640 (TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring) or exam 70-642 (TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration) fulfill the requirement to be MCTS certified and demonstrate expertise working with Microsoft server technologies. A great start for his resume, the MCTS certification with an emphasis in servers will then count toward the MCITP: Server Administrator certification that he can work toward next.

This example shows just one route an IT professional could take on his or her path to learning and certifying in Microsoft technologies. If Microsoft server technologies aren’t your emphasis, consider one of the other categories of expertise for MCTS certification that will work toward your own career goals.

In his article listing his top ten certifications, Eckel said, “The world runs on Microsoft.” He in no way downplayed the importance of Apple technologies, and he included as many Apple certifications on his list as Microsoft certifications. But he pointed out that, realistically, IT professionals need to be experts on Microsoft technologies. Start with the MCTS certification and you’ll take a big step in the right direction for your career.

Emily Howard, TestOut

No comments:

Post a Comment