Microsoft Announces New Master-Level Cert Track

Masters series aims to fill gap between Professional series and Architect series of certifications.

Microsoft has finally released some information on a new certification that has been in the works for some time, the Microsoft Certified Master certification. The information on the new cert was announced by Jim Clark, Microsoft's senior product planner, and Per Farny, Microsoft's director of advanced training and certification, at a session during the Microsoft Tech-Ed Conference in Orlando, Fla.

The Microsoft Certified Master certification track, according to a press release, sits above the Professional series of certifications. In the works for about three years, the track has been at times unofficially called the "Series III," and there were indications that the cert would fill an apparent gap between the two current Technology and Professional tracks and the Microsoft Certified Architect series of certifications.

Much like the Architect series, the Master series will be open to a select group who can show some proof of readiness to create solutions and deploy technologies based on real-world experience. Details remain scant for the moment, but the certification will also offer higher-level training options fine-tuned for the new certification.

The Master series will first be offered for Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007 and SQL Server 2008 starting some time later this year.

Microsoft has more details about the program here.

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Jul 11, 2008 Mark Allen Microsoft UK

Having completed Ranger training I can tell you for sure, whatever you think you know; you don't know. And if you think you do, well, don't confuse the two.

This training is first class. I've got a an MSc and this is far in surpass of that. This takes your best and will make it better. The knowledge ia thick and fast and the test are hard. Very hard.

For me this course sets the new standard. Think not? Try it.

Mark Allen
Exchange Ranger R22

Mon, Jun 23, 2008 Per Farny (MS) Redmond, WA

My name is Per, and I'm responsible for the Master certifications here at Microsoft. Our goal is to get to 20,000 certified over the next 10 years; I think it's possible. You're right, CAT, that this won't apply to the majority of the people out there: it's the right certification for the right audience, and the audience here is highly specialized product experts who spend the majority of their time designing, building and troubleshooting solutions on the product. That audience will be mostly comprised of specialized consultants and companies they work for, for whom this will be a worthwhile investment.
I'm very excited to bring this to market and hope it will do well!


Mon, Jun 23, 2008 Darth Contractor Redmond

You don't know the power of the Dark Side, I must obey my master!

They can't take away a degree and it doesnt need to be updated every 4 years.

Sat, Jun 21, 2008 CAT Anonymous


Better to get your degree for the same money. Even CCIE's are underpaid considering the trouble, this will end worse with $20K as the pricetag. Expect less than 5000 MCM's in the world as most companies won't spend this much on any employee. This is a plan doomed to failure, I.T. is not a rich man's career anymore. Wake up Microsoft, this will fail!!!!!

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