News

Microsoft Certification Price Jumps

U.S. pricing for Microsoft exams through Prometric and VUE testing centers has increased 25 percent, to $125.

Microsoft Certification just got a lot more expensive. U.S. pricing for Microsoft exams through Prometric and VUE testing centers has increased 25 percent, to $125.

The increase comes at a time of global recession, and speculation is that the increase will help to offset the added cost of maintaining the certification program’s quality. Andy Barkl, MCT and owner of WeTrainIT in Glendale, Arizona, noticed that Microsoft is following suit with other certification programs.

"Cisco exams were just raised to $125 also," Barkl notes, "and CompTIA exams always have been more expensive than most."

The increase is likely to affect international pricing. Georges Thibault, an MCT in Quebec, Canada, called the increase "ridiculous." He noted that the exchange rate can translate to about $200 Canadian. "Why does Microsoft have to make the certification process so expensive?"

To be fair to Redmond, though, it’s also true that Microsoft’s exam pricing hasn’t changed in about seven years.

About the Author

Michael Domingo has held several positions at 1105 Media, and is currently the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

Featured

  • Microsoft Expands Azure AD Password Lengths, Adds Conditional Access Controls

    Microsoft announced a couple of Azure Active Directory enhancements this week regarding password lengths and new conditional access controls for IT pros.

  • Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0 Available for Checking Software Installs

    Microsoft this week described Attack Surface Analyzer 2.0, an updated tool for checking software installations that's now built using open source code.

  • What Causes Hyper-V Replication Failures?

    Hyper-V replication failures happen rarely, but their impact can be catastrophic when they do. Know the scenarios that are likely to trigger a replication failure.

  • Microsoft Touts Using HyperClear To Address Intel Processor Woes

    Microsoft is again promoting its HyperClear Hyper-V hypervisor technology as a potential balm for organizations trying to come to grips with Intel's latest speculative execution side-channel attack disclosures.

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.