Anyone know about MCSA Certifications?

By teradost
Oct 3, 2006
  1. I've read the thread on certifications, but none of them talk about how to go about getting the MCSA/MCSE after you've gotten your A+ and Network+.

    Here's my thing:
    I have my CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications passed.
    I want to get a MCSA on Windows Server 2003.
    I know that I can use the two CompTIA certs in lieu of one MCSA elective.

    I don't know how to get credit for the CompTIA certs from Microsoft, and I don't know how to apply that credit so I don't have to repeat an MCSA elective.

    Thank you for all your help
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,150   +597

    save your time & money -- while they look nice on the resume, the industry
    doesn't use them to make hiring decisions!
  3. PuterGeekGirl

    PuterGeekGirl TS Rookie Posts: 64

    Really? Thats interesting to know... I've been lead to believe the opposite! Seems you never really know anymore. The way I see it is, anyone can take a test...I think real world exp would go further.
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,150   +597

    BINGO! right on the point. The interview process will discover:
    1) what have you done
    2) problems you have solved
    3) more importantly, how did you avoid problems or correct them before
    they had significant impact.

    All the Certs in the world can only answer, none, none, and more the same
  5. teradost

    teradost TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 32

    Thank you, Jobeard and PuterGeekGirl, for your responses. Like I had said, I've read through a lot of certification posts and they all echo different sides of the debate: do certifications matter or don't they?

    However, I am not interested in this debate as I've already made my decision.
    If you have the answer to my original question, please post it and help me out.

    Thank you both
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,150   +597

    ok -- just remember who has a vested interest in you spending your $$$.

    btw: didn't say the certs were valueless, there's always good training there, just
    industry doesn't weight them very heavy.

    best wishes ...
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