I have had a few questions about this recently, so here is a brief Q and A discussing cost, why, RPL and time commitments.
Q Why did you do it?
I had a Cert III from a long time ago. As part of my planning in late 2010/early 2011, I reviewed the job ads in Seek and similar resources. All the trainers jobs and contracts were asking for Cert IV. I also needed a current training certification as part of meeting the standards for Adobe and Microsoft trainer certification programs. In late 2010/early 2011, I was looking at broadening my client base, the Cert IV was an important marketing tool.
Just passed the 77-886 MOS SharePoint 2010 Exam. Given I have agreed to the non-disclosure clause about six times, I can’t discuss what is in the exam.
What I can say is I found it very useful to prepare for and do this exam. It’s not a server guru type exam – it is aimed at skilled end users, trainers and people who need a good broad knowledge of SharePoint (and need evidence of that knowledge) – eg if you are member of a SharePoint implementation team (or would like to be) or have a role in encouraging adoption in your workplace. The work you do in preparing for this exam will help you obtain that knowledge – it certainly help me fill in many gaps in my knowledge and realise the full scope of SharePoint 2010.
As a trainer doing more and more in this area – it will help establish some credibility.
I have listed books and resources elsewhere in the blog. Study the topics in the outline provided by Microsoft.
Thank you to all of those of you who have expressed support and interest my progress on the exam 77-886. On Friday, the testing simulation froze about four times in the first few questions – I am now trying again on next Friday. The testing centre people were very helpful and efficient.
Another little project I have started, as part of the bringing my skills up to date part of the business plan, is doing the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE40110 as an evening course over the next few months. Should be interesting to see what has changed since I did my original trainer certification in 1998.
Thought about going down the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) route, but the cost is the same as attending the course, and one of my objectives is to give my technique a brush up. The second key aim is for marketing and promotion where many jobs have this as a selection criteria. The third goal is to combine with some certifications to apply for Certified Trainer” status with Adobe and later Microsoft.
Microsoft have released Exam 77-886: SharePoint 2010 for advanced SharePoint users, who are beyond the adding content level and use SharePoint features to create solutions. It’s a very comprehensive examination of SharePoint features. Next week I will be booking an exam for sometime in September – I will report cost etc as I proceed. I find doing a certification exam makes you “look in all the obscure corners” and get properly across all the features of a software package. Setting a date and booking an exam is a crude but effective time management tool for making sure it happens!