If you're a Microsoft Certified
Professional operating either on or in conjunction with the Guam
marketplace, you can breathe easy for the moment. Software giant Microsoft
announced recently that the company would be revising its policies regarding
certification in its products. The Redmond, Washington company has
revamped its certification program to allow current holders of the various
degrees of software mastery to keep their credentials intact, essentially
recalling earlier an earlier strategy which forced all MCPs to upgrade...or have
their credentials expire outright.
The change comes after the company announced in February that all current
certifications would be discontinued in lieu of the new line of certifications
focused on the Windows 2000 operating system. Apparently, many local current
certifications holders did not jump to upgrade their networks - or their
certification levels to Windows 2000, and the same trend can be seen worldwide,
much to the chagrin of Microsoft. The
change was proposed as a method of making it more tough to get MS
certifications, as the industry has since been inundated with “paper system
engineers”, or those IT professionals who merely study for and then take a test
and pass, without really possessing the requisite formal experience of how to
work on a system, setup a network, or write complex code.
So, effective now as of October 11, all MCPs will retain their certifications,
extended past December 31 (the date initially set to be the cutoff for older
certifications.) Likewise, current IT pros holding Microsoft Certified Systems
Engineer status will hereforth be known as MCSE on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, as
newer certifications now carry the distinction of being
MSCE on Microsoft Windows 2000. Microsoft has also created a new
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification track for those IT
professionals who oversee operations on their company systems day-to-day, but
may not necessarily set them up from scratch.
There are roughly 60 information technology professionals on Guam who hold
various Microsoft certification credentials.