Monday, January 28, 2013

Yes, kids, the MCM cert is for real

4 months after completing the MCM course for Directory Services and I am just getting ready for my first retest. This is mostly due to a heavy consulting schedule working with a changing variety of Microsoft specialties (and even some Novell now!) But even without any of that distraction, going back to the books to prepare for a retake of the written exam is almost like starting from scratch. You have to know the details of the technology so well that you don't even need Technet... seriously!

I was stunned (but somewhat pleased) at the level of knowledge required to pass the MCM. It is not so much that you can DO the work, because most of us have the skill to do it all. The real defining line is that those who are Master level know it well enough to do it quickly without the need to research a bunch of Technet articles. To my classmates who passed already, I salute you. You are true Masters of Directory Services. And I still have until September to catch up with you, so don't get too cocky ;)

So if you happen to meet a Microsoft Certified Master in any technology, I think I can safely say that you have met someone who truly knows their specialty, someone who owns the details and can probably wing their way through just about anything. I hope to join their ranks soon. Thanks to all those who believe in me. I hope to live up to your expectations, and I will sure have fun along the way.

For those of you who believe that you truly are the best at what you do, I highly recommend the MCM program, not just for the certification, but for the community of amazing people who aspire to this level of achievement. It is great to know so many people who are passionate and awesome at what they do. Even without the certification, this is a rich resource that I take advantage of at every opportunity. I suggest you do the same.

Breathe deep, fly high.

- Peter Trast, MCITP EA, MCITP DBA, MCT LinkIn with Peter