MCTS Exams Now Available

New-generation MCP certifications step out of the shadows with general release of three new MCP exams for SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005.

Microsoft's new-generation MCP certifications have finally emerged from the shadows. On February 1, the company released three new exams:

Those who passed exam 70-431 in its beta form should be recieving good news this week: that they've achieved the first new certification under the three-tiered program. Candidates who passed that exam have fulfilled the single requirement for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SQL Server 2005 title. The exam also counts toward the three second-tier Microsoft Certified IT Professional titles.

Also new is 70-441: PRO, which, along with 70-431, comprises two of the three exams needed to fulfill requirements toward the second-tier MCITP: Database Developer title. (Exam 70-442: PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using SQL Server 2005 is expected to be beta tested later this month, with release in April.)

Exam 70-528 fulfills one of two requirements for the MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications. One other exam is also required for that title: 70-536: TS: .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation, which is expected to go live some time in March.

The exams are available at Pearson Vue and Prometric testing centers worldwide, and cost $125 each in the U.S. To view exam objectives, go to the main information pages on Microsoft's MCP Web site at

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Fri, Jul 11, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous


Tue, Jun 17, 2008 Trupti Jamnagar

anyone knows whether there is MCTS exam center in Rajkot,Gujarat??
pls reply asap..

Mon, Apr 28, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous

plz tell me about exam details like how many questions will be thr and marks

Mon, Feb 18, 2008 subash chennai

pls kindly help me still currently how mamy peoples are certified as MCTS in Framework field?

Mon, May 28, 2007 Vikram India,Pune

Do you have any training institue in India,Pune? If yes,Please tell me.

Wed, Feb 15, 2006 Ben Ogan Nigeria

pls kindly help me with tips on general trouble shooting on computer hardwares.
though I'm interest in the MCTS.

Fri, Feb 10, 2006 B Calgary

Will the MCTS be taking the place of any of the old certs. i.e. MCAD. Also, how long before the MCAD MCSE become outdated and no looked upon favourably

Mon, Feb 6, 2006 Anonymous new zealand

Hmmm, yet another change to the certifications. I was going to start an MCAD, but I guess I'll wait now and do this new certification...

Mon, Feb 6, 2006 Harry Palmer in photo with GWB

Back in the day, Novell guys used to say that CNE stood for Cash Never Ends.

Boy, they didn't know the half of it. MCTS = More Cash Thanks Suckers??

Just in a Simpsons mood..........

Fri, Feb 3, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

hook up with a guy from india, they will be mcse within 2 days of the exam

Thu, Feb 2, 2006 parag medsinge india

This is although good news , exam preparation books are not yet available in the market fully and due to that peoples will be less reluctant to go for it, also other books that are mentioned on the site are not available in the market (i m talking about india, pune)

Thu, Feb 2, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

is there any training in australia or any books?

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