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The field of information technology (IT) covers all aspects of managing and processing information. IT professionals design, develop, support, and manage computer software, hardware, and networks. Let Microsoft training and resources help you develop the skills necessary to succeed in the IT industry.

Information for Developers

New and experienced developers get the most relevant training and skills with courseware, books, and exams that have been created by Microsoft product teams.


* New Developers: New to development? Let us point the way to the best resources for you.
* Experienced Developers: Upgrade your skills and career with these developer resources.
* .NET Developers: Either start or continue learning about Microsoft .NET development today.


 
Microsoft Certification:

MCDST Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technicians (MCDSTs) have the technical and customer service skills to troubleshoot hardware and software operation issues in Microsoft Windows environments.

MCSA Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSAs) administer network and systems environments based on the Microsoft Windows platforms. Specializations include MCSA: Messaging and MCSA: Security.

MCSE Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs) design and implement an infrastructure solution based on the Windows platform and Microsoft Windows Server System software. Specializations include MCSE: Messaging and MCSE: Security.

MCDBA Microsoft Certified Database Administrators (MCDBAs) design, implement, and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases.

MCT Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are qualified instructors certified by Microsoft to deliver Microsoft training courses to IT professionals and developers.

MCAD Microsoft Certified Application Developers (MCADs) use Microsoft technologies to develop and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services.

MCSD Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSDs) design and develop leading-edge business solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, platforms, and the Windows architecture.

Microsoft Office Specialist
Microsoft Office Specialists (Office Specialists) are globally recognized for demonstrating advanced skills with Microsoft desktop software.

Salaries Rise For Microsoft Certified Professionals:


Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine releases annual MCP compensation report.
For the first time in three years, Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine reports a rise in salaries for certified IT professionals. Up nearly 11 %, network professionals with the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows 2000 credential reported an annual salary of $59,400 compared to 2002’s average salary of $53,700. The average salary across all certifications is $61,700.
The study, conducted by Wilson Research Group, found an increase in salaries across nearly all Microsoft certification titles compared with last year. Developers top the salary chart with the Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSD) on Visual Studio .NET bringing in $82,300.

The two most valued skills an IT professional can have according to this year’s results are data warehousing and software design, with average salaries of $71,800 and $71,700, respectively.

"What struck me this year is the interest level among IT professionals in pursuing certification on Microsoft’s newer technologies ," said Dian Schaffhauser, Editorial Director and co-author of the report.

"Whereas the training and certification market has been in the doldrums for the last several years, there’s a heightened interest in pursing credentials on Windows Server 2003 and Visual Studio .NET," Schaffhauser said. Seventy eight percent of respondents anticipate pursuing some form of credential on Windows Server 2003 during the next 12 months.

"At the same time people have lowered expectations," she said. "The average raise people expect this year is 12 %; last year it was 15 %."

Also, she added, whereas last year 25 % of respondents said they expected to change jobs within the year, in 2003 that number had dropped to 21 %.

Women are making great strides in closing the gender/income gap. This year female respondents average $59,400 a year in salary while males earn $62,000 -- a difference of $2,600. The difference was $4,200 in 2001 and a staggering $10,000 in 2000.

While most salaries are up, so is the number of unemployed professionals. About 10 percent of respondents were laid off in the last 12 months, which is slightly higher than last year. On a bright note, one third of working respondents report their companies plan to hire additional IT staff in the next 12 months. The average number of openings is nine.

Wilson Research Group of San Carlos, Calif., managed the study for Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine and measured the responses from more than 6,500 U.S.-based Microsoft Certified Professionals. The survey measures compensation information by certification title, job title, years of experience, gender and age, type of client, type of industry, region, educational and training trends, outlook for the future and much more.

Please click here for further information on the MCP compensation report.
Microsoft Certified Professionals Continue To Make Good Money

Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine’s ninth annual salary survey shows MCP salaries flat, nonetheless, MCPs remain committed to their it careers, according to this year’s survey.
Having weathered a cycle of job cuts, slower IT spending, and the outsourcing threat, salaries for Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) managed to find stability. Still, the wins were minimal. This, according to the 2004 Salary Survey, an annual survey of nationwide MCP compensation.

"The good news is that things don’t appear to be getting worse for MCPs," said Keith Ward, senior editor.

"Our survey shows that certified professionals continue to make good money, and feel more secure about their future in IT."

This year’s results report an across-the-board average of $61,900, a minor increase of only $200 from results reported in the MCP 2003 salary survey.

- Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSDs) took the top wage-earner spot, averaging a base salary of $78,600.
- Many MCPs, 51 %, believed their compensation increased due to certification.
- Despite a looming threat, many MCPs remained employed in the last 12 months: only 9.5 % reported that they joined the unemployment line and, of those, 65.9 % were rehired or found a new job.
Additional findings from the report include:
- 88% feel outsourcing has had no impact on their job and 85% believe it will not have an impact next year.
- Less than half, 44 % of respondents, named training as a company benefit, down from 54 percent in 2003.
- Most MCPs, 88.3 %, plan to be working in IT in five years.

Microsoft Developers
For developers:

Why should I get a developer certification? What are the requirements for the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) for Microsoft .NET credential? What training is offered today to help me become a .NET application developer?
View this online seminar to see how the MCAD for Microsoft .NET certification enables you to demonstrate that you have the skills to:
· Use Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework to develop, deploy, and maintain department-level applications and components for Microsoft Windows® and the Web.
· * Build enterprise solutions incorporating data services and XML Web services.



MCAD for Microsoft .NET Certification Benefits Content Updated:


Microsoft Certified Application Developers (MCADs) for Microsoft .NET will receive the following benefits:
· Industry recognition of your knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft products and technologies.
· * Access to technical and product information direct from Microsoft through a security-enhanced area of the MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) Web site.
· Access to exclusive discounts on products and services from selected companies. Current Microsoft Certified Professionals can gain access to these benefits by visiting the MCP Member Site and selecting "Other Benefits."
· * MCAD for Microsoft .NET certificate, transcript, wallet card, and lapel pin to identify you as an MCP to colleagues or clients. Electronic files of logos and transcript may be downloaded from the MCP Member Site upon certification.
· Invitations to Microsoft conferences, technical training sessions, and special events
· Free access to Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online, a career and professional development magazine. Security-enhanced content on the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online Web site includes the current issue (available only to MCPs), additional online-only content and columns, an MCP-only database, and regular chats with Microsoft and other technical experts. Additional online benefits are available to individuals with the MCSE+I, MCSE, MCSD, or MCDBA certifications. Enter the MCP Member Site for access to Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online. (All MCPs are eligible for the online magazine's security-enhanced content. Some MCPs may also be eligible to receive the print version of the magazine free; eligibility is determined by the magazine.)


How to Earn Your MCAD
MCAD Requirements and Training Resources Content:

Now is the time to validate your developer skills with the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) for Microsoft .NET credential. MCAD candidates are required to pass two core exams and one elective exam in an area of specialization. See the table below for a complete list of exams and related training resources.
If you are not currently building .NET applications, Microsoft recommends getting started with fundamental Visual Studio .NET development skills.

How to Earn Your MCAD

Core Exams (2 Exams Required)
To fulfill the core certification requirements, pass one exam focused on either Web Application Development or Windows Application Development in the language of your choice. Then pass one XML Web Services and Server Components exam.
Elective Exams (1 Exams Required)
In addition to the core exam requirements, you must also pass one elective exam that provides proof of expertise with a specific Microsoft server product.

The following tables list Official Microsoft Learning Products and Microsoft Press books designed to help MCAD candidates prepare for the required exams. See individual Exam Preparation Guides for exam availability.

Core Exams: Web or Windows Application Development (1 Exam Required)

Exam 70–305*: Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio® .NET
Course 2310: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET (5 days)
Course 2389: Programming ADO.NET (3 days)
Course 2640: Upgrading Web Development Skills from ASP to Microsoft ASP.NET
Exam 70–306*: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
Course 2565: Developing Microsoft .NET Applications for Windows (Visual Basic .NET) (5 days)
Course 2389: Programming with Microsoft ADO.NET (3 days)

Exam 70–315*: Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual C#™ .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
Course 2310: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Web Applications Using Visual Studio .NET (5 days)
Course 2389: Programming with Microsoft ADO.NET (3 days)
Course 2640: Upgrading Web Development Skills from ASP to Microsoft ASP.NET

Exam 70–316*: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET

Course 2555: Developing Microsoft .NET Applications for Windows (Visual C# .NET) (5 days)
Course 2389: Programming with Microsoft ADO.NET (3 days)

Core Exams: XML Web Services and Server Components Development (1 Exam Required)

Exam 70–310*: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and the Microsoft .NET Framework

Course 2524: Developing XML Web Services Using Microsoft ASP.NET (3 days)
Course 2557: Building COM+ Applications Using Microsoft .NET Enterprise Services (5 days)
Course 2389: Programming with Microsoft ADO.NET (3 days)
Course 2663: Programming with XML in the Microsoft .NET Framework

Exam 70–320*: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual C# and the Microsoft .NET Framework

Course 2524: Developing XML Web Services Using Microsoft ASP.NET (3 days)
Course 2557: Building COM+ Applications Using Microsoft .NET Enterprise Services (5 days)
Course 2389: Programming with Microsoft ADO.NET (3 days)
Course 2663: Programming with XML in the Microsoft .NET Framework


Elective Exams (1 Exam Required)

Exam 70–229: Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Enterprise Edition
Course 2073: Programming a Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database (5 days)
Course 2071: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2000 with Transact-SQL (2 days)

Exam 70–230: Designing and Implementing Solutions with Microsoft BizTalk Server® 2000 Enterprise Edition
Course 2379: Developing and Deploying Microsoft BizTalk Server 2000 Solutions (5 days)

Exam 70–234: Designing and Implementing Solutions with Microsoft Commerce Server 2000
Course 2185: Deploying and Managing Microsoft Commerce Server 2000 (2 days)
Course 2341: Fundamentals of Developing a Business-to-Consumer Solution with Microsoft Commerce Server 2000
Exam 70-305*, 70-306*, 70-315*, or 70-316*
If you use Exam 70-305 or 70-315 to satisfy the core exam requirement, you may use either Exam 70-306 or 70-316 as an elective.

If you use Exam 70-306 or 70-316 to satisfy the core exam requirement, you may use either Exam 70-305 or 70-315 as an elective.

Exam 70–330: Implementing Security for Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET
Course 2840: Implementing Security for Applications (5 days)

Exam 70–340: Implementing Security for Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Course 2840: Implementing Security for Applications (5 days)

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Member Site

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Member Site

The MCP Member Site is open only to skilled technology professionals who are Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs). The member site delivers:
* Exclusive benefits such as MCP logos and special discounts.
* The ability to download your transcript, which lists the certificates you hold and the exams you have passed. You can also update your contact preferences and profile.
* The ability to request your Welcome Kit.

Access the MCP Member Site.

The MCP Member Site now uses Microsoft .NET Passport as its logon authentication technology. If you do not have a .NET Passport account, please visit the .NET Passport Web site to set up your account today. Before you can use .NET Passport to enter the MCP Member Site, you must first associate your .NET Passport identification with your Microsoft certification credentials. This process is called migration. Visit our migration page to access instructions and FAQ.

Welcome to the Microsoft Certification Member Sites.

You must be a certified professional and have a .NET Passport to proceed.

Please click the Passport icon Sign in with your .NET Passport to sign in or create a Passport.

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