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    Hello. I'm not sure if this is the correct place for this post, but I have a couple of questions about Microsoft Certifications.

    I'm currently working in the banking industry and am looking to switch careers. I am considering taking some classes to get 4 Microsoft Certifications (A+, Network+, MCP & MCDST). I am told that with these 4 certifications that I would be considered a "Desktop Support Specialist" and would be able to get an entry level job in a company’s IT dept. I found a school that offers a 6-8 month program to take aprox 7 classes to get these certifications. After completing the program you should be able to take and pass the 4 certification tests. It is aprox $7,000 US which includes everything, classes, books, labs, practice tests, certification tests, etc. They have a flexible schedule, which I need b/c I'm still currently working. They guarantee that you will pass the certifications tests. If you dont pass they pay for the tests until you pass them. And they offer resume and job placement assistance.

    This is a decent amount of money and time that I'm considering investing. So I wanted to get some other opinions about Microsoft Certifications, what this school offers, the certification tests or anything else that may pertain. Thanks in advance.

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    I'm sure others will offer an opinion, possibly different to mine, but all I can talk about is the entry requirements that my company demands. They are a global services/manufacturing company represented in 7 countries and are fairly typical as far as qualifications are concerned.

    The minimum requirement is a university degree in mathematics, computer science, or information technology related subjects. That gets you in. From then on there are full-time, company-organised training courses, paid for by the employer, with assessment after 1 year to see whether you proceed to year 2 or not. Included in that course are Microsoft, Sun and CompTia certification courses.

    The second year offers training combined with hands-on experience and you start to move to specialist responsibilities. A third year consolidates the learning and ends up with company certification.

    That's how we do it, but you are in a different situation. What you describe may well get you into an IT department, but depending on which one, you would need to continue your training. Whatever Microsoft would like you to believe, the business world does not revolve around Windows.

    Whoever you choose to train with, make sure you'll be tested by Prometric who are the only company allowed by MS to test and award certification.

    Hope that helps....and good luck.

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    Thanks for the info Arraknid. I do have both a Bachelors and a MBA, but both are in business. And I have worked, mostly in banking, for 7 or so years. In the process of trying to move into the IT industry I found that various certifications seemed to be helpful and/or required. To help me make this change, I feel like I should get a few of these certifications on my own b/c my education and background isn’t currently in IT. I would not have a problem with continuing my training once I got into a companies IT dept. I would almost expect it depending on the type of company and the various hardware and software that they use. And hopefully at that point the company would be paying for the training classes, etc. I just wanted to try to get additional input from some people with a bit more exposure to the IT industry. Thanks again.

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    Interesting, so if I get a two year associate degree in computer information technology at the local community college, I still would not be qualified to work at your company? I question this because I am in the first semester for CIT, and if it is not going to get me a good job, I need to consider a transfer to a 4 year college after these two years are through. Thnaks for the advise
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    A lot depends on the company. High-stakes businesses are going to have higher thresholds for who they allow in the door, e.g. banks or law firms. A university or NGO will have lower hiring thresholds, but also lower salaries.

    If you are a self-starter and good at book-learning, try getting one of the microsoft test prep books and learning it on your own. You will probably need to get a trial version of Windows Server to install on your home PC to play with. Doing it with books and home PCs is how I got my MCSE some years ago. Getting a certification, along with your degrees, will definitely get you in the door.

    If you learn better in a more disciplined classroom environment, then the training classes are a good way to go. But you need to keep those skills in practice while you look for a job.
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    hey guys , just passed final exam of mcse 2003 and Iam now MCSE 2003 Certified . went through months of studies , used certarea.com exams , MOC books . certarea.com questions were right on money . Even though they do not provide real exam questions , their questions are harder then real exams , so it makes it easy to understand concepts . now am looking forward to moving to cisco track