For those of you who've been following the MCSM: SharePoint program, you're probably saying to yourselves, "but you're already delivering RTM versions of the training - didn't the Beta happen a while ago?" Yes, it certainly did, but the end of the Beta training is far from the last milestone in the Beta process. Although the leading-edge nature of our course means that it's constantly evolving, this is an important milestone in the development of the program.
What did we evaluate in the Beta process?
When did we do this?
Who was involved?
It's a given that a lot of folks from Microsoft Learning were involved, but the following figures should give you some idea of the scale of the effort in terms of SharePoint community participation. Here's a quick headcount on the number of SharePoint SMEs from the MCSM, MCA, MVP, SharePoint Product Group, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Services communities who were involved in the various aspects of the Beta and content development.
We couldn't have done it without you!
Where can I learn more?
Detailed descriptions of our training, knowledge exams, and lab exam are now listed in the Microsoft Learning training catalog, as it is a somewhat more prominent, official, and search engine-friendly place to go looking for detailed info on our training than this blog. :) You'll see that the course topics list is identical to the early preview I shared on this blog a few months ago.
As described in the training catalog entries, you can register for the training (which includes the initial attempts at the exams) through our registration site. Hope to see you in Redmond someday!