Be a mover and a shaper in the Microsoft certification sphere in two easy steps

April 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Posted in Microsoft | Leave a comment
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Certification (as you know) gives you more control over your career. How would you like a little more control over the certification process itself? If you’d like a bit of a behind-the-scenes pass to the world of certification, then check out two  initiatives from Microsoft Learning: MCP Learning Rewards, and an open call for Office 2010 SMEs.

Starting April 21, 2010, Microsoft Certified Professionals were invited to register for a new program, called MCP Learning Rewards. Some in our group (like Josh) received an e-mail invitation directly from Microsoft; others saw it mentioned on the Born to Learn blog ( The details available so far explain that this is a pilot launch and open to the first 10,000 MCPs who register. (As per the latest blog post, slots are still open; contact with your MCP ID to check availability if you can’t register online directly.)

Josh has enrolled, and we’re waiting for that application to clear so we can see what’s behind the curtain. In short, though, it will give you the ability to generate those coveted exam vouchers (including Second Shot vouchers during the availability dates) and pass them on for friends and colleagues to use. The more vouchers that are redeemed, the more points you earn, propelling you toward your own free exam vouchers.

In other Microsoft news, they’ve released a call for subject matter experts (SMEs) on Microsoft Office 2010 to help develop Microsoft Business Certification exams. Details are available at

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