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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by wisdom, Jan 14, 2010.

  1. wisdom

    wisdom Bit Poster

    Hi everyone,

    I've recently taken voluntary redundancy and just started studying for the MCSE modules beginning with XP. I hope this forum will help me find advice on tips, resource, mock-test etc for gaining my certification this year!
    I've been on IT Support for donkey years but never thought about certification, so here's my chance to take it.

    My previous job (SMEs 40 users) involved everything, managing suppliers, web developers as well as support but after looking for IT jobs on the market that says specifically 1st line, 2nd line or 3rd line support, it confused me a bit and after reading your forum posts, it helped me understood a bit more about each different level. Bascially, I do all 3 of them! and if I specialise in an application, that makes me a 4th level support.

    The way I understand how the certification works is this ...

    1) I self-study ( I have the Microsoft official training kit) the modules in specific order that will lead to the next appropriate level.

    2) I do mock test until I feel confident in passing a specific module.

    3) I register for the specific module with Prometric and should get my result almost immediately.

    4) My name will be registered with their online system (Prometric?) where potential employers could check my exams passed.

    5) I continue to self study for other modules and repeat this until I've done all the required MCSE modules and after all that, either Microsoft or Prometric will issue me with a certification if I wanted to at a small fee, or leave my exam scores for potential employers to check online.

    6) I could study for other modules to maybe gain a further an MCITP.

    I think these are the procedures.

    I am also updating my CV. An agent called me back yesterday for a specific role saying that she couldn't see the skills needed for the job, so I need more homework on this! I was glad to have this feedback. :biggrin

    Hope to get to know some of you guys here.


    Certifications: CITP, ITIL v3 Foundation
  2. onoski

    onoski Terabyte Poster

    Hi and welcome to CF:) well just to be on the safe side I would go for the MCSE 2003 route rather than the MCITP. The reason is simply because majority of firms are still using Windows server 2003 for their network infrastructure.

    Best wishes and good to hear you'd be going for the self study route:)
    Certifications: MCSE: 2003, MCSA: 2003 Messaging, MCP, HNC BIT, ITIL Fdn V3, SDI Fdn, VCP 4 & VCP 5
    WIP: MCTS:70-236, PowerShell
  3. UKDarkstar
    Honorary Member

    UKDarkstar Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to the forums ! :biggrin

    Nice to see another (Chartered) BCS Member about - remember to check out the professional associations forum for any BCS news I and others post :biggrin
    Certifications: BA (Hons), MBCS, CITP, MInstLM, ITIL v3 Fdn, PTLLS, CELTA
    WIP: CMALT (about to submit), DTLLS (on hold until 2012)
  4. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  5. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

    Welcome to CF:D

    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+

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