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Money where your mouth is — Certification Vol 13-3 | February, 2011
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I am a long time believer in the power of Training and how your learning process should be a lifelong endeavour. I jumped at every opportunity to take training in my career — it didn’t matter if it was online , in person , at conferences — every venue has its strengths and hits different learning styles. But with all the training options — what is a measure you can use to back it up?

Certifications have been one measure to determine if your capabilities and application of skills and knowledge. Our certifications have changed over the years — but luckily the tools to support you and track your progress have gotten better over time as well. Check out the details on certifications with our overview page. Take a sample exam  to see how the exam process has evolved. Track your plans and progress with a custom learning plan and exam plan . Track your accomplishments with the Certified Professional page and share it securely with employers with your personal transcript page.

How about an offer to help you out? First off — you get a re-take if you don’t meet the passing mark for the exam. Secondly — if you decide to invest in a “certification pack” of exam vouchers — we just extended the time you are able to use them.

I’m heading down to the mother ship to attend an internal conference called TechReady — so I can continue my learnings and share them here with you in the flash or on the blog. I’ve already booked an exam or two so I can finish off my MCITP certification to put my money where my mouth is. Are you in?  

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