Getting Certified

Getting Certified

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I have decided to throw down and eat the proverbial "dog chow".  I am certified as an MCP for Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003. But technology has moved on and so have I. In December of 2007, I joined Microsoft Learning as the Program Manager for Courseware Library. I find myself in the heartland of certification. This is the source. This is where it happens. So, if not me, then who and if not now, when?

I intend to get an MCTS in SharePoint Server configuraton. I want to do this by August of 2008. I then intend to get certification as an MCT and deliver one of the Courses from Courseware Library by December of 2008.

Let me confess. I am really, really bad at the kind of test that Microsoft has used in the past for certification. I have failed many of them. That being the case, this is no small undertaking for me. I anticipate pain. Being pain averse, I am going to utilize all resources that are at my disposal but I am going to use only resources that are available to everyone else. In other words, no finding the answer sheet or pumping a subject matter expert for inside scoop. I'm going to do it the honest way. 

I will document my experence here: the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I started today by setting up a learning plan. If you haven't seen these yet, I really encourage you to take a look. You identify a learning objective. In my case, that was the MCTS in SharePoint Server Configuration. 11 steps have been identified for successful completion of this goal. I can add them or decide that they are not necessary. Trying to avoid the pain, I'm going to do this by the numbers. So, here are the steps:

  1. An Overview of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007    
  2. Which SharePoint Technology Is Right For You?
  3. TechNet Virtual Lab: What's New in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Feature Walkthrough Virtual Lab
  4. Course 5061: Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
    -or-
    Collection 5404: Implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
  5. TechNet Virtual Lab: Getting Started with the Business Data Catalog in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Stay tuned. I'll keep you posted about how it is going. If I encounter things that I do not feel are supporting my goal. I'll let folks here in MS Learning know. And I'll share with you what I hear back. If I find something that works particularly well for me, I'll be sure to point to that as well.

>< Mark Shea

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  • Hey Mark,

    Are you located n Redmond? We give MS employees a special rate at our CPLS...

    We have a full course offering for SharePoint

    nd5060 - (5060 and 5061 in 5 days)

    Let me know if we can help..

    Jeff

  • Don't forget to register for the Second Shot offer and take your first exam by May 31 . Then if you fail,

  • Hi Mark;

    Thanks for the resources. I am also studying for this exam. I would be able to use most of them except for the eLearning courses as they are still quite expensive. I am also planning to doing the exam by August 2008. I am also really bad at doing exams, I can openly say that I have failed more the passed certification exams but atleast I can say I did my best and was honest with myself.

    Drop me a line if you are interested in a study buddy :)

    Shivam

  • I would be able to use most of them except for the eLearning courses as they are still quite expensive. I am also planning to doing the exam by August 2008.

  • Are you located n Redmond?

    We give MS employees a special rate at our CPLS. We have a full course offering for SharePoint nd5060.

  • Are you located n Redmond? We give MS employees a special rate at our CPLS... We have a full course offering for SharePoint

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