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Ten Certifications That Actually Mean Something

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A recent change to Microsoft's Certification program also engendered a name change for the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) to Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM - similar to the changes with MCSA and MCSE). The Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) certifications validate skills that are deeper and broader than those validated by MCM certifications, skills that are required to build solutions both on-premises and in the cloud. Currently, there are five MCSM fields - each of which requires an examination and an exhaustive hands-on lab. The MCSM is a prerequisite for the Microsoft Certified Architect - the premier Microsoft certification.

What gives meaning to a certification? Is it the certification vendor? Is it the subject? Or is it the perceived difficulty, mystique or aura? Or might it be something totally different? There are some certifications and/or vendors that are perceived to be more valuable - think of Cisco's CCIE, which has been perceived as meaning something (value) since its inception. Then there are other certifications that don't have this same perceived value - certifications that are seen as too easy or ones that might be seen as entry-level certifications. Global Knowledge instructor Randy Muller, MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH, has identified a list of certifications that do have perceived value and worth.

 

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