How many exams must I pass to gain a MCITP Certification?
In order to gain a MCITP Certification, you must pass anywhere between two and five exams. This number varies depending on what specialization you are doing, for instance if you are aiming towards one of the support technician specializations, you must only pass two exams whereas if you are aiming towards the Enterprise Administrator specialization, you must pass five exams.
Gaining an MCITP takes a generous amount of effort which not everyone is willing to put in. Currently (2009) there are 55,000 people certified with some sort of MCITP Certification worldwide. Out of the 12 different MCITP Specializations which are available MCITP Enterprise Administrator is the most popular with almost 15,000 people qualified. Next in line is MCITP Enterprise Support Technician with 10,000 and shortly followed by MCITP Server Administrator with 9,000 people certified.
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If you really wanted to stand out from the crowd as an early adopter of a MCITP Specialization the MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 2008 certification would be the one to pick with less than 200 people certified. The most popular new generation Microsoft Exam is MCTS Windows Vista Configuration with over 70,000 people certified.
If you are getting put off by the number of people MCITP certified, don’t be as in comparison to the amount of people that are MCSE or MCSA Certified in Windows Server 2003. There are 360,000 people MCSA 2003 Certified and 190,000 MCSE 2003 Certified. Even though these numbers are so high, there is still job demand for people Certified in these areas all over the world.
Becoming an early adopter of an MCITP Certification will definitely land you a job as companies switch over to the Windows Server 2008 framework as you will have the required skills and knowledge of the new technologies and features which people certified in Windows Server 2003 aren’t even aware exist!
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