I should first clarify that I'm only a beginner to the world of Windows \nprogramming. I've been a self-taught web programmer for many years (focusing \non PHP/MySQL setups), and I've recently been hired as a webmaster for an up \nand coming internet advertising company. I have decided to gain my \ndevelopment certifications for the Windows platform because I feel that it is \nthe best plan of action for me at this point to further my career.\n\nI have decided on the MCTS: Web Development certification, and I have a \ncouple questions. Is this the best certification to start with? Is there \nanother I should focus on first? Also, what is the best way to study? The \nE-Learning programs on the MS site will run me about 00.00 total for the \ncertification (that's not including the cost of books/exams/etc...) process. \nHowever, I noticed that most tests required for certification status have \n"Self Paced Starter Kit" type books, which would be much less expensive for \nme.\n\nI guess I'm just looking for information/advice on the best way to enter the \nworld of Microsoft certification with a focus on web development. Thanks to \nall who reply.