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Microsoft Exam Targets Project Managers

New Exam 70-281 exam tests for enterprise deployment using Project Server 2003.

Microsoft has introduced another new exam, dubbed 70-281, Planning, Deploying and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution, which is one of many that the company has released in the last few months. According to the exam objectives guide for exam 70-281 (click here to view it), it counts as an elective toward the MCSE on Windows Server 2003. Beta testing is expected in December. Microsoft was unable to comment on the exam as of this writing.

According to the exam guide description, 70-281 is aimed at candidates who have at least three years of experience and who "are familiar with basic project management concepts and the Microsoft Enterprise Implementation Framework." Exam 70-281 appears to address Tier 4 of Microsoft's IT Professional Audience Taxonomy (see figure). Microsoft last week released an exam aimed at tier 1, consisting of desktop technicians and help desk support personnel (see "Desktop Tech Cert Sees Light of Day" or click here).

MCDST targets Tier 2 and 3
Exam 70-281 appears to target Tier 4 personnel (the grayed out top point). MCSA and MCSE fill Tiers 2 and 3, respectively. Microsoft last week released an exam for tier 1. (Source: Microsoft Corp.)

The exam's software experience list includes Microsoft Project Server 2003 and Project Professional 2003, part of the Microsoft Office Enterprise Project Management (EPM) Solution initiative that CEO Bill Gates will be officially announcing in New York on Tuesday. Microsoft released Project Server to manufacturing in August (see "Microsoft Project to RTM Aug. 18" by ENTmag.com Editor Scott Bekker or click here).

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Dec 10, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

i got the beta exams invitations, but there is no resources to study it yet

Thu, Nov 13, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Any word about the beta? No invitations yet?

Sun, Nov 9, 2003 MCSD Milwaukee, WI

This exam isn't for project managers.. the skills all have to do with installing and maintaining Microsoft Project Server 2003. An actual Architect exam won’t have the 'maintaining' part.. they will use Microsoft Project not install and administer it. The Architect exams will all be of the Analyzing, Planning and Designing sort without any Maintaining and with minimal Implementing.. The only exams I see so far which would apply to Tier 4 are 70-297, 70-298 and 70-300.

Fri, Oct 31, 2003 MCSE - Project Manager Anonymous

Does this mean that project managers need yet another certification, even if they already have a certification like PRINCE2? Due to the fact that Customers always ask for vendor certifications...

Wed, Oct 29, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

I would expect current MCSE 2000 and MCSE 2003 folks would get an invite to the betas.

Thu, Oct 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

May be a new track? Microsoft cerified system architect?

Thu, Oct 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Does it mean management need certified? It is a good new for the fair of both technical and operation one.

Mon, Oct 20, 2003 Unemployed MCSD Louisville, KY

If these are brand new exams (seeing as there were no previous "tier 1" and "tier 4" exams), how does Microsoft determine whom to invite to the Beta? Is there someplace (other than waiting for an e-mail from Microsoft that may never arrive) where I can let MS know I wish to take it (providing it's free, of course)?

Mon, Oct 20, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

good news

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