MCSA Cert Question?

Discussion in 'MCSA' started by bazooka-joe@comcast.net, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Hi All. This is my first time in this group, so if I'm asking
    questions that get asked all the time, my apologies. No trolling
    intended I can assure you.

    I've been a Windows server support specialist for a federal agency for
    about 4 years now and even though there's no monitary or immediate
    tangible benefits from my employer I'd still like to go for my MCSA or
    MCSE cert just for my own edification. I had the equivolent of an MCSA

    on NT 4.0 and that was the last time I attempted to certify in
    anything. It may come in handy down the line as the possibility of the

    department requiring certifications comes up every once in awhile.


    Anyway I had a few questions regarding certifying:


    1. This is an opinion poll, actually. IYHO, is it worth at this point

    going for a 2003 MCSx cert or would you, if you were in my situation,
    just wait for Vista's cert track?


    2. How difficult are the individual MCP exams on a scale of 1 to 10
    (Network Essentials being a "1" and CCNE being a "10").


    3. Are the transcenders as valuable a study tool as they were back in
    NT4 days or is there better practice test software out there now?


    4. Anybody know if study materials and/or test fees can be claimed as
    a tax write-off?


    Thanks much.


    :Bazooka-Joe
     
    , Feb 15, 2006
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  2. Lasher Guest

    wrote in news:1140041947.841906.211270
    @g44g2000cwa.googlegroups.com:

    >
    > 1. This is an opinion poll, actually. IYHO, is it worth at this

    point
    >
    > going for a 2003 MCSx cert or would you, if you were in my situation,
    > just wait for Vista's cert track?
    >


    Just as valuable as you getting an NT 4.0 Cert. You can always upgrade
    the wk3 certs to the next gen.

    > 2. How difficult are the individual MCP exams on a scale of 1 to 10
    > (Network Essentials being a "1" and CCNE being a "10").
    >


    Hard to judge because I've not taken any Cisco tests. I would think the
    Cisco tests are a little harder.

    > 3. Are the transcenders as valuable a study tool as they were back in
    > NT4 days or is there better practice test software out there now?
    >


    Transcender was recently bought out by one of the companies that
    Microsoft endorses. MeasureUP and SelfTestSoftware are both excellent
    practice tools.

    > 4. Anybody know if study materials and/or test fees can be claimed as
    > a tax write-off?
    >


    Yep, educational expenses can be written off. See a tax professional on
    how, but they can be.

    --
    Lasher
    MCNGP 110010
    MCP/MCDST/MVMCHA
    (Most Valuable Microsoft Certified Head Asploder)
     
    Lasher, Feb 18, 2006
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