“Small” everywhere and everywhere, so you need to reckon with them. Their certificates, in any case, are basic, relatively inexpensive (a couple of hundred dollars) and are quoted on the labor market, being a rather weighty paper.
The certification system in MS is divided into the following levels:
- technology specialists: certification programs that confirm the skills of IT professionals in implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging specific Microsoft technologies;
- Professionals: certification programs confirming the presence of job-specific skills that go beyond knowledge of technology;
- masters: certification of the “Master” level confirms that the specialist has deep technical knowledge of a specific Microsoft product;
- Architects: The Certified Architect program helps companies identify experienced IT architects who have passed a rigorous selection process by a supervisory board.
There are also separate certificates for teachers.
Each certification branch allows you to select a specific specialization, from the ace for Office 2007 to the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 wizard and so on.
A full description of certification programs, lists of certificates themselves and other useful info can be found at www.microsoft.com/Rus/Learning/MCP/Default.mspx