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TravisDBA (12/21/2012)

Now you tell me if this is not about making money for Microsoft?

I won't be surprised if they barely break even on this. Seriously.

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TravisDBA (12/21/2012)
On the MCM, you are forgetting about one big thing. The cost:

•Nonrefundable program application fee: $125
•Program fee: $18,500 (three-week program in Redmond, WA)
•Non-lab exam retakes: $250 (Exam 88-970)
•Lab exam retakes: $1,500 (Exam 88-971)

Not to mention the 40-50% fail rate as well. Now you tell me if this is not about making money for Microsoft?

The three weeks in Redmond isn't true for the MCM for SQL Server.

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The MCM right now only requires the knowledge exam and the lab exam. $2500 if you pass the first try. I've seen so many people pass the knowledge exam on the first try, if you are experienced, you can do that.

The lab exam still seems to trip up lots of people the first time.

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After 10 years contracting/consulting I was hearing about qualified techies (inc DBA's) missing out on contracts because they didn't have the correct "buzzwords" on their CV/resume, yes a fault of poor agencies but that's the game they play.

Now myself I have never felt the need for certification, my experience/references prove I can do the job but I took the MCITP 2008 DBA and passed it back in December, yes it expires later this year but I actually enjoyed studying for it, still hate exams with a passion! Learned some new features and now can put MCITP on the CV, and business card. If it helps, great, if not no great shakes. Might even do the 70-433 one before July.


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