The new Microsoft certifications and outside vendors: No credits at this time

October 22, 2008 at 4:29 pm | Posted in CompTIA, Microsoft | 2 Comments
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This follow-up to Troy’s post on the next wave of Microsoft certifications answers two questions:

  • Do outside certifications, such as CompTIA’s Security+, still count as elective credits toward any Microsoft certifications?
  • Where’s the new version of the MCSE: Security certification?

Let me sum up: Yes and no, and matter is never lost, just transformed.

Let me explain. I couldn’t find an answer to the first question on any Web site, so I went to the source and communicated with Rob at Born to Learn and with Carol at CompTIA. Both confirmed that Microsoft does not apply outside vendor certifications to any “new generation” MS cert – MCTS, MCITP, MCPD, MCM, or MCA – at this time. (You can find out exactly what is required on the Certifications Overview page.) I’m guessing this is because the new certifications were designed for a higher level of specialization and a shorter exam sequence.

However, if you are currently working toward your MCSA or MCSE – certifications that will remain valid for Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 for the duration of these technologies – then you can apply valid third-party certifications as an elective, same as before. Depending on your path, CompTIA’s A+, Network+, and/or Security+ certifications may count. Refer to this FAQ for more details.

The MCSE: Security specialization, as such, is no longer a supported path for Windows Server 2008 and related technologies. Microsoft did a really good job of explaining the hows and whys with this FAQ. As with other certifications, you can now pick the MCTS or MCITP that showcases your particular credentials, such as the MCTS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.

For those of you working toward a CompTIA Security+ certification, the new exam was released on October 14. We will announce the Transcender pratice test version as soon as it is available. The changes at Microsoft have no effect on CompTIA certification paths.


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  1. Hi Ann,

    the link behind “Troy’s post on the next wave of Microsoft certifications” has a ” too much at the end.


  2. “But who will copyedit the copyeditor?”

    Fixed. Thanks, Eduard! (I was just, um, testing you.)

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