Microsoft to offer masters-level certification exams until late December

Microsoft's decision to no longer offer any IT workers a way to obtain masters-level certification from the company has been postponed for a few more months. Microsoft originally said that the masters exams would end on Oct. 1, but now the Register reports that Microsoft will extend that deadline for an additional 90 days, which would put the end to the exams in late December.

The Register says that Microsoft provided this new update in a conference call to many IT workers who are affected by the company's decision. The call also revealed that people who are currently taking masters certification courses but who won't be able to take the final exams will be given refunds. Finally, the actual course materials will still be available until 2016.

The conference call featured Tim Sneath, senior director of Microsoft Learning, who said that the company was not seeing enough people obtain the masters-level of certification. He is quoted as saying:

When we look at products like Windows, Exchange and SharePoint, those are billion dollar businesses. We have less than 200 certified individuals for each product. 200 does not give us the volume to be successful deploying those products to the enterprise.

Microsoft is working on a possible replacement for the masters level, but Sneath said it was too early in that process to reveal when it will launch and what the courses will be like.

Source: The Register | Image via Microsoft

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To the people who were bashing this exam you have no Idea what you are talking about. The MCM/MCSM cost nearly $30,000, involves an intense 3 week Microsoft class, has a lab exam and a knowledge exam. Not to mention it requires work experience.

As to certifications in general yes there are many people who just have a piece of paper. That is the fault of the employer for not doing a better job in the interview if they get a job because of a piece of paper. There are people who actually learn the product/system that they certify on and not just cheat and read brain dumps.

As for companies or people who do not value certifications, well that is just ignorant. A person with experience and certifications is likely better at their job. Just a certification no. With Microsoft exams there are features most people would never learn or know about in the Server ecosystem unless they study for exams.

Those certs have always been more of a marketing thing than anything as far as I'm concerned. I've worked with so many "certified" morons that I can personally care less about your certificates. Actually more often than not, certified morons tend to be the worst choice to get the job done than talented people who simply get it and don't need a shiny plaque to prove themselves.

Never in my 20+ years in the IT field have I worked for a company that placed any value on those types of certifications--nor would I ever want to work for a company that makes them a requirement.

Yet another Microsoft announcement that had to be walked back... xbox, win8.1 rtm, master cert, technet (to a lessor degree). All completely foreseeable, what a joke.

Like many Neowinians, I've been in the IT industry full time in some capacity for many years. We all lived through the certifications that come and go. Anyone with Novell certifications able to use that knowledge today outside of a few large corporations? I don't discount the educational aspects of certifications but knowing which certifications can best serve you is key. A CCNA, A+, N+ and Security + are great foundational certifications that when properly understood and applied to an IT position can round-out your IT knowledge comfortably giving you added value to the organization. Novell, and MCSE style certifications are easy to market and train their paying customers to just pass a test without understanding how to properly apply that knowledge. Context is key and having talked with many MCSE drop-outs the complaint I hear often is they knew how to pass the test but they had expected to get a more detailed understanding of how MS software works in the real-world. Often not-so-tech savvy people get talked into taking these classes under the guise of job training but I think that's misleading because this is not like any other job training.