02-01-2002, 06:45 PM
I was wondering how I go about taking the MCSD exams.
I was wondering if I pass the Desktops exam, does that mean I become an MCP, or do I have to pass all three and the optional ones aswell?
What are the best books and resources to make sure I am up-to-date with the VB6 stuff in order to pass the exams.
I am looking to do the Desktop exam for now If I can gain an MCP certification.
02-01-2002, 07:00 PM
Yes, if you pass it. One test is all it takes and you will join the
other 2 million of us. ;)
02-01-2002, 07:07 PM
Pass the two VB ones (desktop and distribtuted) and you are MCP certified. If you also pass an elective (you choose) and a complex exam on business solutions, then you are a full Microsoft Certified Solution Developer. That is something you can actually be proud of.
02-01-2002, 08:20 PM
Any one of those tests will get you MCP, Volte.
02-01-2002, 09:11 PM
Oh cool. I'm gonna aim for the MCSD, but if I don't make it all the way, at least I'll be MCP (probably, anyway). I've been reading this book called "VB6 Bootcamp" I think. It's an excellent preperation for the exams. I recommend it.
02-02-2002, 09:33 AM
And now you (not Volte, but in general) have to solve something not involving Windows or PC's ... No knowledge of general IT thinking, no ideas how to work to solutions, but everyone thinks you are an expert. :(
Such a "degree" doesn't mean anything to me, did see to much people having papers but without any feeling for computers or solving problems and just seeing it as a job (like the toilet cleaner).
02-02-2002, 12:57 PM
Would it help me in the future to have mcp? how about A+ (or whatever it is)? I imagine if I had mcp/mcsd, and the next guy didnt, it would be better for me, but is it really necessary?
and how much does it cost lately, i think i heard like 800 usd or something
02-03-2002, 07:08 PM
MCP just means you passed one of the qualified tests (last time I
looked there were only one or two tests that didn't count.) MCSD
means you have passed 4 tests, one of which can't be passed
without either cheating or really knowing and understanding
computer business/database application design. Still, since most
people aren't aware of what is actually involved with getting an
MCSD certification, it doesn't carry as much weight as it should.
The tests are $125 each, pass or fail, and whatever other study
materials you feel you need are on top of that, so it can easily run
you $800 to get an MCSD even if you pass all tests on the first try.
A+ has nothing to do with programming. For a computer service
person or installer, it might be worth something.
If you want to see the most recent statistics about how many
people hold which MS Certs, go to http://www.mcpmag.com/ and
scroll to the bottom of the page. They also have a salary survey,
but I don't know that I trust their numbers.