Immediately after my previous blog post about the new cloud-centric MCSE certifications, I received an instant message and an e-mail from the group responsible for it. They thanked me, and then asked if I would please share some additional information. So the following text comes directly from that e-mail:
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is a reinvented certification for today’s technology solutions
Microsoft has reinvented its certification program by building a broader and deeper set of technology solutions skills validation, starting with cloud-enabled solution skills. As one of the most recognized and respected certification programs, Microsoft is charting the path for IT Professionals and Developers to keep their skills relevant as new technology solutions are released.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) emphasizes solutions
Microsoft has reinvented its certifications to validate the skill sets needed to develop, deploy, and maintain Microsoft technology solutions. These certifications recognize IT Pros and Developers who have skill sets that run both broad and deep. Certifications are available at three skill levels:
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
The Associate level is the prerequisite certification necessary to get your Expert level certification. This certification validates the core skills you need to get your 1st job in IT.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) & Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)
The Expert level is Microsoft’s flagship set of certifications validating that your skills are relevant in the constantly changing tech environment. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is the destination for established IT Professionals who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) is the destination for established Developers who have expertise developing solutions with Microsoft tools.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)
After you have achieved your Expert level certification, Master is the next destination. This certification is for the select few who wish to further differentiate themselves from their peers and achieve the highest level of skills validation.
The Cloud Changes Everything
“With the demand for cloud skills growing quickly, the gap between hiring demand and talent supply across the United States is getting larger and causing more difficulties in sourcing candidates.”
– Wanted Analytics, Hiring Demand for Cloud Computing Skills Skyrocketing, March 2012
The need for cloud computing skills has been pushing the market for months. Solution providers are seeking cloud-ready employees to bring their businesses to the next level. The cloud computing market is evolving at such a pace that while the number of job postings is skyrocketing, the talent isn’t there to fill the positions.
In the past 20 years, Microsoft Certifications have been THE tool to address the skills gap. To be relevant, certifications need to continue to be the tool needed and recognized in the market.
That’s why Microsoft has reinvented its certification program—to certify a deeper set of skills that are mapped to the Cloud and to real-world business contexts. Rather than testing only on a component of a technology, IT Professionals and Developers are now tested on more advanced skills and a deeper understanding of the technology.
New Certifications Are Available Now
Private Cloud and SQL lead the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) reinvention
We’ve posted a lot more information about the reinvented program and the first new certifications: Private Cloud MCSE, Database MCSE & Business Intelligence MCSE:
- Microsoft Certification overview page: https://aka.ms/MSCerts
- Microsoft Certification overview video: https://aka.ms/MSCertsVideo
- MCSE information page: https://aka.ms/MCSE
- MCSE video on YouTube: https://aka.ms/MCSEvideo
- MCSE Private Cloud: https://aka.ms/MCSEpvcloud
- MCSE Data Platform: https://aka.ms/MCSEDP
- MCSE Business Intelligence: https://aka.ms/MCSEBI
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