It’s widely known that jobs regarding Information Technology (IT) are a popular choice both among college students and people looking to switch careers, because of the availability of jobs in this field and the technology hype of today’s age. However, many employers are looking for certain program certifications in the applicant’s resume become looking further for an interview. One such certification is the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCF), which includes six different types of specific certification like technology specialist, professional, IT professional, systems administrator, database administrator, and engineer. One who is interested in getting certified for any of them must go through IT training first and then take a vigorous qualification test.

One of the most popular tests among the six is the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) test. Some call it the best known and most useful test, and various preparations are needed if you’re interested in taking it. It’s so vigorous that the company created an MCSE boot camp a few years ago, and now many more companies have followed suit and have their own intensive MCSE boot camps as well. You can find many of them as both online and in-person training, and the fee is around $4000-$6000 for two week courses. Many employers will cover the cost of this class if you stay with the company for a while after you improve yourself. If you want a less structured and less expensive method preparing for the MCSE test, computer training videos are another great way to do it. They usually cost less than $1000 for a set of CDs and books and you can watch them whenever you have the time. This way is perfect for anyone who already has a job and cannot afford to take time off that job to train for another career.

The MCSE test itself is split into two types: Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. Each of the two types requires different tests, and it’s either five or six tests. Usually, the tests consist of multiple choice questions and solution building questions.

Regardless which method of preparing for the MCSE exam you choose, either the Microsoft certification boot camp or by videos, both have proven to be successful if the participants pay attention and study hard. It’s important to choose by the amount you can afford to spend, how much free time you have to do it, and which method you generally prefer. After doing the research, better pick what the best way is for you and get started!

[Natalie Aranda]

[tags]MCSE, certification, Microsoft[/tags]