CertDay_SetYourSights_squareMeet exam requirements to earn or renew your MPN competency or complete your personal certification goal. IT professionals and developers are invited to participate in online forums and self-paced events leading up to our National Certification Day on Saturday, May 31. During the month of May, take advantage of free Microsoft Virtual Academy training and participate in our Yammer group to connect with experts and find resources to help you prepare for exams that meet your company’s competency needs or your personal certification goals. Then, on May 31, visit your local, participating New Horizons office to take your exam.

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How to participate

  1. Join Microsoft and New Horizons experts in the National Certification Day Yammer group. Request your invitation.
  2. During the month of May, take advantage of free Jump Start accelerated certification prep courses from Microsoft Virtual Academy for select topics and exams (see the exams and competencies section at the end of this post). Partner learning paths may also be helpful in your exam preparation.
  3. Before May 31, purchase your exam voucher through one of these offers. You may also use an exam voucher you have already purchased.
  4. Choose your New Horizons testing location and call to schedule your exam (see participating locations below).
  5. On Saturday, May 31, show up at your New Horizons location with your voucher to take your exam between 8:00AM to 5:00PM (onsite exam registrations will be taken until 1:00PM).

Each participating New Horizons location will offer door prizes (two Dell Venue Pro devices) and there will be a drawing for one Microsoft Surface Pro 2 from all National Certification Day participants. Ask your New Horizons office for details.

Purchase your exam voucher at up to 40% savings

On May 31, you’ll need to bring an exam voucher with you to New Horizons. This is a great opportunity to use a second shot voucher before it expires! But if you don’t already have a voucher, here are two options to purchase yours prior to May 31:

Join the conversation on Yammer and Twitter

Yammer_coolgrey11Throughout the month of May, experts from Microsoft and New Horizons will be moderating and actively participating in the National Certification Day group on the US Partner Community Yammer network to share information and resources with you aligned to select competency-related exam topics. Join the experts there to ask your questions about those topics, get exam preparation resources, and stay motivated, leading up to May 31.

Twitter_coolgrey11You can also follow and join the conversation about National Certification Day by following @msuspartner and @mslearningcurve on Twitter, and using #certday.

Schedule your exam at a participating New Horizons location

Exams, exam preparation links, and competencies

We’ve selected the exams/topics listed below as our areas of focus leading up to May 31. Join the conversations about these topics in our National Certification Day group on Yammer.

Exam

Gold competency alignment

Silver competency alignment

Exam 70-688
Managing and Maintaining Windows 8

  • Devices and deployment
  • Midmarket Solution Provider
  • OEM
  • Small Business
  • Devices and deployment
  • Midmarket Solution Provider 
  • OEM
  • Small Business

Exam 70-480
Programming in HTML5

  • Application Development
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobility
  • Application Development
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobility

Exam 70-483
Programming in C#

  • Application Development
  • Application Integration
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobility
  • Application Development
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobility

Exam 70-487
Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

  • Application Development
  • Application Integration
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Mobility
  • Application Development
  • Application Integration
  • Intelligent Systems

Exam 70-412
Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

  • Application Integration
  • Collaboration and Content
  • Communications
  • Hosting
  • Identity and Access
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Learning
  • Management and Virtualization
  • Messaging
  • Mid-Market Solution Provider
  • OEM
  • Server Platform
  • Collaboration and Content
  • Communications
  • Hosting
  • Identity and Access
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Management and Virtualization
  • Messaging
  • OEM
  • Server Platform

Exam 70-461
Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Platform
  • Business Intelligence
  • Data Platform