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Now available! 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development

Posted by Rubel Khan on January 21, 2011

Exam 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development is now available in Prometric testing centers. This exam is intended for software developers who are creating rich Internet-based applications using Silverlight.  The exam focuses mainly on Silverlight 4, but also covers core Silverlight concepts.

Candidates for this exam are developers who create and maintain rich interactive applications (RIA) using Silverlight 4.  Candidates may have additional experience with previous Silverlight versions.

The minimally qualified candidate typically:

  • Has at least six months of experience with Silverlight development
  • Has at least one year of experience with Microsoft .NET development
  • Has experience consuming data services

To schedule your exam, visit Prometric’s Web site.

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How to Prepare for the PMP Exam Part 2: Filling Out the Application – By Cornelius Fichtner, PMP (CIO.com)

Posted by Rubel Khan on October 25, 2010

Filling out the application for the PMP exam can be a project in itself. In this second part of CIO.com’s series on preparing for the PMP exam, you’ll get some tools and learn some best practices that will help you fill out the application efficientlythus inching you closer to your goal of earning PMP certification.

Once you’ve determined that you’re eligible to take the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) exam toward PMP certification, your next step is to fill out and submit the application.

The biggest impediment aspiring PMPs face before taking the exam is filling out the nine-page application. Although the application is straightforward, it requires applicants to convey a lot of detailed information about their project management experience. Gathering all of this information can be a project in itself and can take days if not weeks. Consequently, many who start filling out the application never finish it, and thus their hopes of earning the coveted PMP certification are dashed before they even take the exam.

In this second article in CIO.com’s series on preparing for the PMP exam, you’ll learn how the application process works and about its various steps. You’ll also get some tools and learn some best practices that will help you fill out the application efficiently.

Step 1: How to Fill Out the Application for the PMP Exam

Too often, I see IT professionals decide to take the exam, but then life intervenes, and filling out the application for the PMP exam becomes the last item on their list of priorities. To avoid failure by procrastination, your best bet is to fill out and submit your application as soon as you have confirmed that you meet all of the eligibility requirements. Filling out the application and later paying the application fee (which ranges from $250 to $555, with most people paying $405) is a great motivator and will keep you focused on your goal: earning PMP certification.

The Project Management Institute prefers that you apply online. A printable version of the application is available, but applying online is simple and convenient. You have 90 days to complete your application from the moment you start filling it out, and you can save what you’ve written between sessions.

The application is broken into three major sections. The first section asks for your contact information (e.g., name, address, job title, employer’s name) educational background and the industry you work in. Section two requires you to list your project management experience hours (i.e., the amount of time you’ve spent leading and directing project management-related tasks). In section three, you record your contact hours—the amount of time you’ve spent in project management training or education programs.

Section two will take up most of your time because you will need to provide detailed information about all the projects that you have worked on. For example, for each project, you must document the title you held when you worked on this project as well as the name of the organization that employed you when you worked on it. You must also name a primary contact for this project and describe the tasks that you led and directed, along with the number of experience hours you gained during project initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling, and closing.

The total number of experience hours that you need to document in section two depends on your educational background. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you will have to document 4,500 hours that were performed within the last eight years. If you don’t have a bachelor’s degree, you’ll need to document 7,500 hours.

Gathering all the necessary information about your project management experience hours and contact hours can be a project in itself. I therefore recommend the following best practice: First collect all of that information offline using the Experience Verification Worksheet, a tool that I provide to all my students for free. Gathering that information ahead of time makes filling out the application a much smoother process.

Before you can submit your application, you must read and agree to the Project Management Institute’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. It’s a small box on the actual application that you have to check, but it is very important. By ticking this box you agree to henceforth manage your projects according to very high standards.

After you submit your application online, the Project Management Institute takes five days to review your application and make sure it’s complete. (If you mailed a paper application, the review process takes 10 days.) If your application isn’t complete, the Project Management Institute will let you know and ask you to complete it.

Step 3: Pay the Fee

Once the Project Management Institute verifies that your application is indeed complete, the organization will send you an e-mail requesting you pay the fee to take the PMP exam. You cannot schedule the exam until you have paid this fee. You can submit your payment online and at the same time select whether you want to take the exam on paper or on a computer, if you need a language translation aid or any other special accommodations, such as wheelchair accessibility or a large font computer screen if you’re visually impaired.

Step 4: Prepare for a Random Audit

Your application may be randomly selected for an audit. The Project Management Institute elects to audit some of the applications it receives for the PMP exam to ensure that only qualifying candidates take the exam.

If your application is selected for an audit, you will be notified by e-mail after the Project Management Institute receives your payment. From the day the PMI notifies you of the audit, you have 90 days to send in your audit materials, such as copies of your training certificates that show that you have the 35 required contact hours. Once PMI receives your audit materials, reviewing and processing them takes five to seven days.

The audit is nothing to worry about as long as you are prepared for it. You should prepare for it while you’re gathering information for your application. Maintain a folder with documents that support the work you did on each and every project you list on your application, whether those documents be e-mails, project plans, meeting minutes or project charters.

As you fill out your application, be honest about your project management experience. Don’t embellish it. If you do, the Project Management Institute will find out during the audit that you’ve stretched the truth. How? For each project that you include in section two of your application, you will have to name a "contact person." For the audit, the PMI will give you a form that each of your contacts will have to sign to confirm that the information on your application is accurate.

Therefore, I recommend the following best practice: Get in touch with all of your contacts before you submit your application and ask them to tell you if they agree with what you have written about a given project. This way, you can make sure they will back up whatever you record on your application if the Project Management Institute audits it.

Step 5: Schedule Your PMP Exam

After your application has passed the completeness verification and you have paid your credential fees, the Project Management Institute will send you an electronic notification informing you that you are eligible to schedule the test. You have one year to take your test, and you can take the exam two more times should you not pass it the first time.

The PMP exam is administered by Prometric, a provider of testing services. You will actually schedule your exam on Prometric’s website. Simply locate the Prometric office closest to your hometown and find an available date that fits your schedule. Some Prometric offices are very busy, and you may have to wait weeks or months to take your exam. Scheduling your exam well in advance not only guarantees that you have a seat, it also puts a big red X on your calendar, which is a great motivator to keep on studying.

Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, is a noted project management expert with nearly 20 years of project management experience in various industries. He has helped over 11,000 students prepare for the PMP Exam with The Project Management PrepCast, a downloadable and portable exam prep video workshop. A former PMI Chapter president, Fichtner is currently an active volunteer in his local PMI chapter and a member of PMI’s New Media Council. He is also the host of the Project Management Podcast and the PDU Podcast.

Source: CIO.com

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Do You Work for a Microsoft Partner? We Have a Special Certification Offer Just for You

Posted by Rubel Khan on September 6, 2010

If you work for a partner you’re probably aware of the new program requirements that we touched on a few weeks ago here. You and your co-workers may also be sweating having to get caught up on the latest technologies prior to your re-enrollment date in order for your company to maintain your competencies. To help make this process a little easier for you, we created a special Competency Exam Pack offer – you can save up to 30% plus get free retakes on each exam:

· 3-Pack – Save 20% plus a free retake on each exam

· 5-Pack – Save 25% plus a free retake on each exam

· 8-Pack – Save 30% plus a free retake on each exam

Perhaps the best part of these Competency Exam Packs is that you can split them up amongst different people within your organization. For example, do you want to help your company become one of the first to earn a Gold competency under the new program? You will likely need 4 people MCITP certified – so an 8-pack is a great offer for you (2 exams per person, plus free retakes). If you’re just looking to re-enroll in your existing competencies, the 3-pack is great for 1 competency, 5-pack for 2 and 8-pack for 3.

How do you get started? Visit our Prometric offer page for full terms and conditions and an FAQ to help answer those tricky questions. Once you’ve purchased your Exam Pack, you’ll get an email within 2 business days with your voucher codes. We’ll be selling these packs until December 31, 2010 and all exams need to be taken by June 30, 2011. All IT Pro, Developer and Dynamics exam qualify at worldwide prometric testing centers.

Meeting the new requirements doesn’t need to be a chore – get it done and start showcasing your credentials on the latest and greatest technologies!

Posted in Certification, MCAD, MCITP, MCM, MCPD, MCSA, MCSE, MCT, MCTS, Microsoft Certifications, MOS, MTA | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Career Packs: Second Shot + discount!

Posted by Rubel Khan on August 19, 2010

Heads up if you are planning your next career/certification steps right now: Microsoft Certification Packs with Free Second Shots can help you get your Certification, validate your knowledge, launch your career, or move to your next position. Purchase packs of one to five exams along with free re-takes on every exam purchased and save up to 20%.

That’s right, using a Certification Pack you can take a Second Shot at each exam you take; should you fail the exam you can simply try again without any additional cost. And the certification packs also include a discount. See the table below which can help you choose the exam pack that is right for you:

Certification pack

Savings

Second Shot

5-exam pack

20%

Included with each exam

4-exam pack

20%

Included with each exam

3-exam pack

15%

Included with each exam

2-exam pack

15%

Included with each exam

1-exam

Regular price

Add 15% to single exam price*

 

*If you prefer to purchase just one exam with a Second Shot offer, note that an additional 15 percent will be added to the price of the exam. For instance, with the cost of an exam at US$125, you can purchase one exam plus a Second Shot at US$143.75.

So how do you get the most out of this offer? Well, here’s my quick and dirty FAQ and please find more details on this exciting offer here. Basically, if you start planning your next steps in certification today you will have 10 months; if you register and buy a certification pack now, you should plan to sit for all exams in the packs by 6/30/2011. The offer is available worldwide through Prometric; certification packs can be bought in one single purchase where you pay for the pack upfront. Exams within packs cannot be split-up amongst multiple customers. All Microsoft Certification exams with a prefix of ’070′ or ‘MB-X’ are eligible.

Enjoy!

Posted in Dynamics AX, Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, Exam, MCAD, MCITP, MCM, MCPD, MCSA, MCSE, MCT, MCTS, Microsoft, Microsoft Dynamics, Microsoft Learning, MOS, MTA | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

Get up to 25% off Microsoft certification exams! But act now!

Posted by Rubel Khan on September 2, 2009

How would you like to save 15-25% off of your Microsoft certification exams?  Well, that’s exactly what Microsoft if offering right now on select exams to make it easier for you to obtain your Microsoft certifications.  Using these exams, here are just a few of the certifications you can work towards, plus much more:

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications – These provide the foundation for Microsoft Certification. These certifications are designed to validate your skills on the features and functionality of key technologies. You can show your depth of knowledge in one specific technology, earn multiple MCTS certifications to show breadth across different products, or build on the MCTS to earn a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential or other Microsoft Certified Professional credentials.
  • The Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) credential: This validates that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, (for example, desktop support technician, database administrator, enterprise messaging administrator, or developer related skills). Some of the MCP certifications available include Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), and Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA). These certifications build on the technical proficiency measured in the MCTS certifications.

Some things to note: This offer is available worldwide and is good until December 31, 2009, or while supplies last.  To take advantage of this, you must register, schedule, and purchase your discounted exams by December 31, 2009.

Get your voucher code for your discounted exams – Register through Prometric to obtain your discounted voucher code; once you have obtained your code, plan and schedule your next exam. Vouchers can be redeemed only at authorized Prometric testing centers.

So what exams qualify for this offer and how much discount do you get on each?  Here’s a list for you:

15% off these exams (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist exams are indicated by “TS” in the exam name):

  • Windows Server 2008 – Exam 70-640: TS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring
  • Windows Server 2008  – Exam 70-642: TS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-290: Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-291: Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-293: Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-294: Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Windows 7 – Exam 70-680: TS: Windows 7 Configuring
  • Windows Vista – Exam 70-620: TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client
  • Windows XP – Exam 70-270: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Windows XP – Exam 70-271: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
  • Windows XP – Exam 70-272: Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 – Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • SQL Server 2008 – Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development
  • SQL Server 2008  – Exam 70-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Exam 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 – Exam 70-236: TS: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring
  • Microsoft Visual Studio/Microsoft .NET – Exam 70-526: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Windows-Based Client Development
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-528: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-based Client Development
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-529: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Distributed Application Development
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
  • Virtualization – Exam 70-656: TS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring
  • Virtualization – Exam 70-652: TS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuring
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server – Exam 70-630: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring
  • Office SharePoint Server – Exam 70-542: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Application Development

20% off these exams:

  • Windows Server 2008 – Exam 70-643: TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring
  • Windows Server 2008 – Exam 70-648: TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-297: Designing a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-298: Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-299: Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
  • Windows Server 2003 – Exam 70-501: TS: Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments, Configuration and Management
  • Windows Vista – Exam 70-624: TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops
  • SQL Server 2005 – Exam 70-445: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Development and Maintenance
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-502: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Application Development
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-503: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-504: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Workflow
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-505: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-561: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-562: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development
  • Virtualization – Exam 70-403: TS: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuring
  • Windows SharePoint Services – Exam 70-541: TS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Application Development
  • Windows SharePoint Services – Exam 70-631: TS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

25% off these exams (Microsoft Certified Professional exams are indicated by “PRO” in the exam name):

  • Windows Server 2008 – Exam 70-646: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator
  • Windows Server 2008 – Exam 70-649: TS: Upgrading Your MCSE on Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specialist
  • Windows Server 2008 – Exam 70-647: PRO: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator
  • Windows Vista – Exam 70-621: PRO: Upgrading your MCDST Certification to MCITP Enterprise Support
  • Windows Vista  – Exam 70-622: PRO: Microsoft Desktop Support – ENTERPRISE
  • Windows Vista – Exam 70-623: PRO: Microsoft Desktop Support – CONSUMER
  • SQL 2008 – Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • SQL 2008 – Exam 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • SQL 2008 – Exam 70-452: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • SQL 2008 – Exam 70-453: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBA to MCITP SQL Server 2008
  • SQL 2008 – Exam 70-454: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBD to MCITP SQL Server 2008 DBD
  • SQL 2008 – Exam 70-455: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 BI Developer to MCITP SQL Server 2008 BI Developer
  • SQL 2005 – Exam 70-441: PRO: Designing Database Solutions by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • SQL 2005 – Exam 70-442: PRO: Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • SQL 2005 – Exam 70-443: PRO: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • SQL 2005 – Exam 70-444: PRO: Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • SQL 2005 – Exam 70-446: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • SQL 2005 – Exam 70-447: UPGRADE: MCDBA Skills to MCITP Database Administrator by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
  • Exchange 2007 – Exam 70-237: PRO: Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Exchange 2007 – Exam 70-238: PRO: Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-547: PRO: Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-548: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows-Based Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-549: PRO: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-551: UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-552: UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-553: UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 1
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-554: UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework: Part 2
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-563: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-564: PRO: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-565: PRO: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-567: UPGRADE: Transition your MCPD Web Developer Skills to MCPD ASP.NET Developer 3.5
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-568: UPGRADE: Transition your MCPD Enterprise Application Developer Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer 3.5, Part 1
  • Visual Studio/.NET – Exam 70-569: UPGRADE: Transition your MCPD Enterprise Application Developer Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer 3.5, Part 2

So your next steps right now to take advantage of this offer should be:

You can also find more information on this offer available on the Microsoft Learning Career Campaign Exam Offer page.

Thank you and have a wonderful day,

Source: Eric’s Blog

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