Training for computer professionals
There is no doubt in anyone's mind that computers are the future or at least that they will play a very important role in our lives. However, many of us are not technically blessed, but would still like to explore a career in technology or computer science. We are going to try and help people who are looking for advice on what computer related training best suits their needs. We have been involved with just about every computer language and major operating system that has come along in the last 20 years. Hopefully, we can shed some light on some complicated and not so complicated concepts.
Microsoft Certification Training
Microsoft offers a number of certifications as well as training materials and testing aids. However, figuring out which certification is right for you is not always the easiest thing to do. Let's quickly touch on some of the basics of the Microsoft Certifications:
MCSA CertificationThe Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator, MCSA, is the starting point for many system administrators. It is no surprise that Microsoft Windows 2000 and Server 2003 is running on many of today's corporate workstations and server machines and the need for certified Microsoft Systems Administrators is great. The good news is that you can "upgrade" your MCSA certification on Microsoft Windows 2000 to a certification for Windows Server 2003 if you meet certain requirements. This is a great starting point for computer savvy people who are looking to get into the system admin workforce. There are also a number of specializations under the MCSA certification including the MCSA for Messaging on Windows 2000 and the MCSA for Security on Windows 2000 as well as on Windows Server 2003.
MCSE CertificationProbably the best known Microsoft certification is the MCSE certification. Most people however, probably don't know what MCSE stands for...Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. MCSEs are people who are certified by Microsoft to provide assistance in designing and implementing computer infrastructure for companies who run Microsoft Windows 2000 and/or Microsoft Server operating system(s). MCSE certification is offered individually on the Windows 2000 and Windows Server operating platforms. So, if you are looking to become MCSE certified for both, then you will need to test on both separately. However, much of the Windows 2000 operating system is similar to the Windows Server 2003 OS, so there is less to learn that meets the eye. The MCSE certification is offered in the following formats:
- MCSE on Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000 - Upgradable
- MCSE on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 - Upgradable
- MCSE Specialization - Messaging on Windows Server 2003
- MCSE Specialization - Messaging on Windows 2000
- MCSE Specialization - Security on Windows Server 2003
- MCSE Specialization - Security on Windows 2000
MCADThe Microsoft Certified Application Developer is a certification for individuals who have knowledge and expertise in developing, testing, deploying and maintaining department-level applications ans systems. This certification can also be used as a stepping stone for the MCSD credential. Microsoft says this certification is for you if:
- Develop, test, deploy, and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or database and network services using Microsoft tools and technologies.
- Have one to two years of experience building, deploying, and maintaining applications.
MCSDThe Microsoft Certified Solution Developer for Microsoft .NET is the top-level cert for developers working on leading-edge enterprise level solutions. The MCSE credential is for those who posess the skills necessary to guide companies in the successful design, integration and administration of critical business solutions with Microsoft products. In Microsoft's own words, choose a MCSD credential if you:
- Analyze and design leading-edge enterprise solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, and platforms.
- Have at least two years of experience in a lead developer role analyzing business and technical requirements, and defining solution architecture.