Microsoft broadens Exchange certification options

Microsoft has expanded the options for Exchange administrators who wish to seek higher credentials, and that means long stays in Redmond are no longer necessary.

ATLANTA – Exchange administrators that want additional credentials can now earn their Microsoft Certified Masters without flying to Redmond for training and testing. Beginning in July, the company instead will offer its MCM certifications at several worldwide test centers. Admins can still train in Redmond if they wish.

Microsoft said the desire for MCM credentials among administrators is high and the company can no longer accommodate everyone in Redmond. "Historically, [Microsoft] has been dependent on building a community of certified professionals,” said Dwight Davis, an analyst based in Washington. [Microsoft] didn’t want to make it so difficult to acquire Exchange certifications to the point where admins and consultants might drift toward other platforms."

The certification is still hard to earn even though the exam can be taken elsewhere and the training course is no longer required. Those Exchange administrators pursuing their Exchange 2010 MCM must still take both knowledge and lab exams, and the topics covered are still expansive.

For information on prerequisites, exam topics, test locations and more, visit Microsoft's New Path to Microsoft Certified Master: Exchange 2010 page.

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