MCSE 2003 exam question

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Tomk, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. Tomk

    Tomk Guest

    Is there a time limit on how long you have to take the remaining exams once
    you have passed you first exam?
    Tomk, Oct 2, 2007
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  2. Meinolf Weber, Oct 3, 2007
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  3. Tomk

    Brains,None Guest

    yup.. that bit my tail so hard i don't really consider those exams worth
    taking. is it really all that worth it, guys?

    Brains,None, Oct 3, 2007
  4. Tomk

    David Brown Guest

    Hello Brains,None,

    It's sort of like the difference between getting a degree versus just going
    to college for a while. It looks good on a resume, shows that you can complete
    something that you start and gives some evidence that relevant information
    has passed through your head at least once. It shows that you are serious
    about your career (or at least want to give the impression that you are).
    Whether it actually helps you get a job or not depends on you, the employer
    and the market. Having a certification certainly won't hurt your chances.

    A cert provides evidence that you have learned the right things to apply
    for and succeed at a particular job, to the employer and yourself. So it's
    useful in a change of career or concentration.

    Some fields (e.g. contracting, instruction, development) may require that
    you maintain or pursue certain certifications. A new certification after
    you are employed provides evidence that you are keeping your skills up to
    date, which may help you in negotiating for a raise - or even in keeping
    your job during a merger or downsizing.

    Some companies are members of Microsoft's Gold Partner program (or similar),
    which provide certain benefits and discounts to it's members. One of the
    membership requirements is that the company have a certain number of employees
    that are Microsoft certified.

    Having a cert makes it easier to get the next cert using the upgrade path.
    From MCSE 2000 to MCSE 2003 is 2 tests at about $135 each. Without the
    MCSE 2000 you have to go the long way, which is about 7 tests (about $1000
    total). There will probably be a a similar short path from MCSE 2003 to
    MCSE 2008. I've heard that there will not be a short upgrade path from
    2000 to 2008 (I've not checked). So if you're close to the 2003 cert, it
    may be worth your while to complete it.
    David Brown, Oct 11, 2007
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