MCSA Certification Track Off to Strong Start

In little more than a month, more than 4,000 people had already attained Microsoft’s newest certification, the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA).

In little more than a month, more than 4,000 people had already attained Microsoft’s newest certification, the Microsoft Certified System Administrator (MCSA).

The MCSA went live Jan. 22; by March 1 (the date of the latest available figures), 4,225 MCSAs had been awarded. The MCSA is a credential that sits between the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). The MCSA requires passing four tests, whereas the MCP and MCSE require one and seven tests, respectively. Microsoft has said the MCSA is aimed at those who support, maintain and troubleshoot Windows networks on a daily basis.

Title Certificates Issued
MCP+Site Building
Total Issued
Note: Numbers indicate total certification per title as of March 1, 2002. The total number of individuals who have obtained MCP status is 1,255,713.

The new exam required for the MCSA is 70-218, Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Environment, and so far it has gotten positive reviews. In April’s issue, reviewer Michael Chacon wrote “What struck me about the test was that the questions were clearly written, and the options for the questions weren’t esoteric or confusing. It’s a good test.”

MCSE+I Ron Beacom took the test cold, without any preparation. “The exam was fairly challenging, but if you’ve worked with the product, it wasn’t too bad,” he said. “I think it took me about an hour [to get through 60 questions]. I had trouble with about three questions.” Beacom said he passed.

MCSE Dwight Watt said he found 70-218, “very similar to the Server test.”

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Jun 5, 2002 Brian Virginia

Hey "Not a Loser", how about you get a grip man and lay off. You got an MCSE and going for the MCSA. What is your MCSE in? Basket Weaving? I guess you need the accomplishment given the basket weaving.

Sat, May 25, 2002 Milan Chatterjee India

I have passed MCSD.I want to know the difference between the benifit's of passing MCSD and MCSA

Fri, May 24, 2002 Seve Washington

The Charter Membership for MCSA should have been awarded to those who had no certification except MCP. Of course MCSEs are going to pas one test (70-218) and become MCSA, but why would they want to. They are already way ahead of that. Just to post another shingle? Basically, the MCSEs who became MCSA robbed the people who were trying to get their first certification from Charter Membership.

Tue, May 21, 2002 Allan jamaica

When the MCSA certification came out I was happy because I was already pursuing my MCSE. I took 70-218 and passed (3-25). I am two exams away from MCSE and three away from MCDBA. Hope to pass all by end of year. Wish me luck!

Sat, May 18, 2002 BionicJoe Lexington, KY

I was probably within the first 1000 to get MCSA, but I was dissappointed with the kit. Only a lousy 'special' diploma (piece of paper)??? How about a cheesy plexiglass plaque or something.

Mon, May 13, 2002 JDe Oregon City

I just took the exam on 5/13/02 and breezed right through it. I found with the right study material these test are a becoming easier, and this one only took me one try to pass. I am now and MCSA!!

Fri, May 10, 2002 Gagan Sameer New Delhi, India

After Achieving My MCSE 2000 with Early Achiever Credit, Becoming a Charter Member for MCSA2000 was a real good feeling in itself. Though, I got my charter membership, but I agree with those who say that this Charter Status should have been time bound instead of number bound. However I also understand that Microsoft must have had something good in mind doing this. There is also one more thing that comes to my mind, Are charter members not given any Special Kit? Because I recieved an ordinary one. I wonder how can so much Advertised Charter Membership, can be same as ordinary MCSA. Can any other Charter Member get back to me confirming whether he recieved ordinary kit or different one... Heading to MCDBA and MCT now... !!

Tue, May 7, 2002 Melinda Anonymous

I just received my MCSA on 4/26/2002 and I had to complete five exams not four as previously stated in the above article by Keith Ward.

Mon, May 6, 2002 Steve California

I just passes the 70-218 test this Saturday. The questions on the test is really straight forward, no tricky at all. It take me less than an hour to finished 60 question. Now i'm very happy to get my second certifications.

Mon, May 6, 2002 JOYJIT ROY GHATAK india

the data shouid provide the no different combination of certificate issued like MCSD+MCSE, MCDBA+MCSD, MCSE+MDBA+(MCSE+I), that we can get a clear distribution of the certified professionals

Wed, May 1, 2002 Cody Boca

So far i've taken all but one of the MCSE electives, and i'm glad that the 70-218 counts as an mcse elective, as it is the last one i need to get the mcsa. Ok that was a bit confusing, the exam counts towards both, so by passing it, i get 2 certs for the price of 1

Tue, Apr 30, 2002 sean omaha

I passed the 70-218 test on 4-25 and had MCSA status by monday. I wonder what the score was though, and how many tests are now pass/fail. I will not be happy untill I have atained the MCSE.

Mon, Apr 29, 2002 Kobby Accra, Ghana

I've got 70-218 to take and I'll be MCSA, glad to know it's not as difficult to pass. With this in hand I can go on to get my MCSE.

Fri, Apr 26, 2002 Not a loser Anonymous

to RL -
um, get over it? Are you THAT much of a geek that you need that status? What company CARES??? UG.
I have my MCSE and I'm working towards my MCSA now...and I just want to achieve the accomplishment, not worry about the timeframe.
I bet you wear your pins!

Fri, Apr 26, 2002 dn Connecticut

I finished my MCSE 2K on 4/8, went back on 4/15 and took 70-218 to get my MCSA. If you've got your MCSE and you've got good experience working with W2K (we hope you would if you've got MCSE) you should have no problem passing 70-218. One test to get another certification, sounds like a no brainer to me.

Fri, Apr 26, 2002 jp virginia

the reality is that being a charter member does not make much of a difference....reason being because being an MCSA (or MCSA charter member) makes not real difference in the certification. I passed the MCSA and all the necessary MCSE exams and as with all other exams it is another resume / skills builder. in this writers opinion being a charter member does not really gain you anything professionally.

Fri, Apr 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Unfair competition. You do not just say 5000 first Charter member. You give deadline and say all that get certified by this date will receive this...

For their mistake, Microsoft should give all us Bronzes. At least all those who got MCSA by March/April

Thu, Apr 25, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

I'm a current MCSE and had been since 1998. I keeps wandering if there is any reason for taking for a MCSE to be certified as MCSA. MS market MCSA as the administrator and MCSE as the "network starter". Kind of unfair isn't it?!

Thu, Apr 25, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Easy and straight forward test. A lot easier than the design exams.

Thu, Apr 25, 2002 RL New York

I passed the 70-218 on 3/14/02
and missed the MCSA Charter Member status by an hair. I was profoundly disappointed. If is more fair that the cutoff is based on a date, rather than a number, 5000. In MCSE 2000 Early Achiever status, the cutoff is based on time, the end of October 2001. Will there be a reconsideration? Or, have MCSA Early Achiever for those who can achieve it by the end of May. Mr. Gates, what do you think?

Thu, Apr 25, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

This was a good article. I am one of those 1,255,713 MCPs. I just can't see any reason not to get an MCSA on the way to MCSE. I'm already more than have way there! Your article gave me some encouragement.

Dan Hicks

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