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Passed my MOS #SharePoint #PowerPoint 2010 exams #SP2010 #PS2010 #ProjectServer #MSProject

A quick post to say that I have started my journey to becoming a Microsoft Office Master and I am now officially a Microsoft Office Specialist in SharePoint and PowerPoint 2010.

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Now you may be wondering why I would be taking the Microsoft Office Specialist exams when I have SharePoint and Project Server server certifications and I work as a consultant.  Surely I know this stuff and how does it help my career?

Well I’m glad you asked!  There are several reasons why I am interested in the MOS Specialist and Master exams:

  • When you become too deep into the technical, you sometimes need a refresher on how out of the box items work.  This is my way of keeping my hand in.
  • For users we train at Corporate Project Solutions, I wanted to know how well our courses prepared them for the exam (very well it would appear!).
  • For our trainee’s within CPS, would it help them to becoming a well rounded SharePoint / Office professional in the marketplace (yes, it definitely would).
  • Lastly (and possibly the most important), SharePoint solutions are not just about SharePoint.  It is about the integration with the Microsoft ecosystem (Office, Project Server, Team Foundation Server, SQL Server).  By understanding the surrounding technologies, solutions I design and implement will be more supportable and upgradeable in future.

For revision material, I used the following book and of course practiced on the applications themselves:

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Click on the images to view the book at amazon

I will be working on the Word and Excel Expert exams next (a fair bit more prep to do first) and then I may take the Office 365 exam when it is released also, just to see how it compares to the SharePoint 2010 exam.

The Office 365 Study Guide is due out soon and I expect receive my copy in the next week or two from my pre-order.

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As an interesting thing to note, during my research I found it difficult to find an examination centre that would allow me to just take the exam.  However, one place in London was very good, professional and I would recommend:SandGTraining

 

  • Good facilities
  • Helpful staff
  • Flexible time scales
  • Central location (near Holborn)
  • There is a coffee shop outside for last minute revision before you go in
  • What more could you want!

Full details about the all the exams can be found here:

Certification

Exam number

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2010

MOS: Microsoft Office Word 2010 Expert

MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2010

MOS: Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Expert

MOS: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010

MOS: Microsoft Office Outlook 2010

MOS: Microsoft Office Access 2010

MOS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010

MOS: Microsoft Office OneNote 2010

Exam 77-853

MOS: Microsoft Office 365

Exam 77-891*

 

To learn more about the MOS Master certification, details are here:

MOS-Master

And lastly as a shameless plug for the company I work for… If you would like to learn more about the training Corporate Project Solutions provides, click on the image below:

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If anybody has any questions about the details above, get in contact

SQL Server 2012 beta exams are up #SharePoint #SP2010 #ProjectServer #PS2010

March 26, 2012 1 comment

Here are CPS we are looking at our objectives for the next year and as part of this process we are looking at upcoming exams and certifications.

It would appear that 3 days ago the SQL Server 2012 exams have gone into Beta and you can try them out and provide feedback between now and April 13th.

Full details are on the link below:

http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/btl/b/weblog/archive/2012/03/22/register-for-sql-server-2012-beta-exams.aspx

Exam Overview:

Exam number

Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Exam 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Exam 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Exam 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Have fun and let me know how you get on!

** UPDATE **

We have now managed to get two exams booked, 70-466 and 70-467.  Be quick though, spaces are limited and are going quickly.

** UPDATE 2 **

This post covers the specialisms in more detail:

http://www.jamesserra.com/archive/2012/03/sql-server-2012-new-certification-info/

In particular, the following details are key (Quoted from the above blog):

The seven exams for SQL Server 2012 are:

  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-461) [BI and DP] (info) (course)
  • Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (70-462) [BI and DP] (info) (course)
  • Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-463) [BI and DP] (info) (course)
  • Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (70-464) [DP] (info) (course)
  • Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-465) [DP] (info)
  • Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-466) [BI] (info) (course)
  • Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-467) [BI] (info)

I have indicated which certification (“Business Intelligence” [BI] or “Data Platform” [DP]) each exam fits into).

So if you have the three MCITP certifications (Business Intelligence Developer, Database Administrator 2008, and Database Developer 2008) and want to get both the Business Intelligence certification and the Data Platform certification, you will need to take five of the seven exams (all but 70-461 and 70-462).

I passed the #MSProject and #ProjectServer exams #in #MSPC12 #SharePoint #PS2010 #SP2010

February 7, 2012 2 comments

Just a quick blog post to say that I took the Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 exams last week and I am pleased to say that I passed.

Details:

70-177 – Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuring

70-178 – Microsoft Project 2010, Managing Projects

For those who are interested in taking the exams and learning more about Microsoft Project / Project Server can I recommend that you don’t miss out on the event of the year:

 

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Not only will various speaker sessions be available (including myself and my client!) but you will have an opportunity to try for these exams yourself for free!:

Mark the location & date in your calendar: Phoenix, Arizona (March 19th – 22nd 2012) and if you decide to come, let me know and we’ll meet up.

Interesting Development Links for SharePoint 2010

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment
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Passed the 70-630 – Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

woo hoo.

3 Certifications in one week. Not bad considering that I had no Microsoft certifications on Monday.

Maybe I should have done this a long time ago.

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Passed the 70-668

October 7, 2010 2 comments

Just come back from my 70-668 – SharePoint 2010 – Administration exam and I’ve passed!

Passed the 70-667

October 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a quick note to say that I passed my very first Microsoft exam today.

70-667 SharePoint 2010 – Configuring

Aiming for the 70-668 PRO exam next.

Kind Regards

Giles Hamson
(Sent from my mobile)

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