Microsoft Reinvents Cloud Certification Program

REDMOND, Wash., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Microsoft Corp. today announced changes to its Microsoft Certification Program for IT professionals and developers, designed to specifically address the growing skills gap in the technology industry. As jobs with new skills profiles are created by public and private IT cloud computing solutions, certification and training enable IT professionals and developers to differentiate themselves and align their skills to these new profiles, which are in high demand in the market.

The three skill levels — associate, expert and master — create a clear certification path for a strong career journey, from entry level to the most esteemed. Each certification level is now updated to be solutions-focused and addresses the industry’s changing needs while ensuring quality and relevance.

Because cloud computing talent is in short supply, Microsoft has reinvented its flagship credential, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, for the cloud. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) shows employers and peers that those certified have the skills to do the job in an expanding market. Forecasts show that public and private IT cloud services will generate nearly 14 million jobs worldwide between now and 2015.(1) The MCSE is the flagship credential for those who want to lead their company to the cloud and is the target credential for established IT professionals and developers who have expertise working with Microsoft technology solutions.

More information and a complete explanation of the new certification program can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/features/2012/apr12/04-11CloudCertifications.aspx.

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