Certification: What's in store for 2002

Ed Tittel

The past year left many changes to Microsoft certification. As I write this tip, the Windows 2000 accelerated exam for Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) on NT 4.0 (70-240) is no more. For those who passed the three Windows NT 4.0 core exams (70-067, 70-068, and 70-073), this tough and nasty exam offered a faster (if not smoother) MCSE upgrade path from NT 4.0 to Windows 2000. Likewise, in 2002, the door will be closing on similar sweet deals for holders of older, less up-to-date Microsoft certifications.

The good news in 2001 was Microsoft's surprise decision to count discontinued, NT 4.0-era exams as electives for the MCSE on Windows 2000. This decision represented a profoundly conciliatory move that should encourage existing MCSEs to upgrade without debasing their "new and improved" credential based on Windows 2000. The bad news: per-exam fees now cost $125.

In 2002, you can expect many more certification program changes and developments. Here's a preview of coming attractions:

  • .NET Server: In the wake of Windows .NET Server's expected introduction some time in 2002 (Most of the smart money?s betting on a release date between June and August.), lots of new exams will be offered to incorporate new .NET server technology. We know that the Windows 2000 Server exam will be updated to from 70-215 to 70-275; the networking infrastructure exam from 70-216 to 70-276; Active Directory from 70-217 to 70-277; and the Windows 2000 network
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