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Purpose of the Guide
This guide is aimed at anyone who is considering studying for SharePoint Certifications either to improve their knowledge or to validate existing knowledge about SharePoint. This guide covers certification options for all roles on both the Business and Technical side. To achieve technical certifications Microsoft offer several exam and certification options. For the “Business side” (Business Analysts, PMs, architects, end-users, power-users) Microsoft currently only offers the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) certification path. However, we have also included a guide that covers the Salem certifications.

Author
Vlad is a SharePoint Consultant specializing in analyzing and deploying your perfect SharePoint Infrastructure. He also specializes into designing and implementing High Availability and Disaster Recovery SharePoint solutions as well as automating everything with the magic of PowerShell. Vlad is also known in the community for founding the biggest and most active SharePoint Community that you can find at www.SharePointCommunity.net . Furthermore, he also blogs on his own blog at www.absolute-sharepoint.com . As for the Certifications, he is known for the first version of the Ultimate SharePoint 2013 Certification Guide that has over 6000 views as well for regularly posting SharePoint and related technologies certification news at his own blog! You can connect with Vlad on LinkedIn here, or follow him on Twitter!

Second Shot is back
At the end of the writing of the guide, Microsoft announced that the Second Shot program is back until May 31, 2014! The Second Shot program allows you to attempt an exam for free a second time, if you failed it on your initial try! You can find out more about the Second Shot here: http://absolutesharepoint.com/2013/08/microsoft-exam-second-shot-is-back-until-may31-2014.html

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Table of Contents
Disclaimer......................................................................................................................................................................................................... 2 Purpose of the Guide................................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Author................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 3 Second Shot is back ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 3 Illustrated Pathway to Certification ........................................................................................................................................................ 7 Developer: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) .................................................................................................. 7 IT-PRO / Administrator: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) ................................................................................. 7 Advanced Certifications: MCSM/MCA .............................................................................................................................................. 8 Business Analysts/Project Managers & Solution Architects (provided by Salem) ........................................................... 8 Power User: MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) ............................................................................................................................. 9 Yammer Certifications............................................................................................................................................................................. 9 Cloud Certifications .............................................................................................................................................................................. 10 BI Pro: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) ................................................................................................................ 10 Certifications Breakdown ........................................................................................................................................................................ 11 Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: SharePoint Applications .................................................................................... 11 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 11 Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 11 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 11 What Courses can I take? ............................................................................................................................................................... 12 How to sign up: ................................................................................................................................................................................. 12 Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint ...................................................................................................................... 13 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 13 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 13 What Courses can I take? ............................................................................................................................................................... 14 How to sign up: ................................................................................................................................................................................. 14 Microsoft Certified Solutions Master/ Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect ............................................................. 15 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 15 Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 15

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5 The 1st of July 2013 Change .......................................................................................................................................................... 16 The 1st of October 2013 Change ................................................................................................................................................. 16 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 20 Certified Salem™ Series: SharePoint Business Framework .................................................................................................... 21 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 21 Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 21 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 21 Interviews ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 22 What Courses can I take? ............................................................................................................................................................... 23 How to sign up .................................................................................................................................................................................. 23 Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013 ................................................................................................................ 24 Introduction ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 24 Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 24 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 24 What Courses can I take? ............................................................................................................................................................... 25 How to sign up: ................................................................................................................................................................................. 25 Yammer Certifications.......................................................................................................................................................................... 26 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 26 Benefits ................................................................................................................................................................................................. 26 Basic Info .............................................................................................................................................................................................. 26 Exam (Power User, Administrator) .............................................................................................................................................. 27 Knowledge Assessment (Community Manager, Trainer) ................................................................................................... 28 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 28 How to sign up .................................................................................................................................................................................. 29 The Cloud: SharePoint Online Certifications .............................................................................................................................. 30 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 30 Refresh and other exams ............................................................................................................................................................... 30 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 30 How to sign up: ................................................................................................................................................................................ 31 Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Business Intelligence .................................................................................................. 32
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6 Introduction ........................................................................................................................................................................................ 32 Learning Resources .......................................................................................................................................................................... 32 What Courses can I take? ............................................................................................................................................................. 33 How to sign up .................................................................................................................................................................................. 33 Graduation Instructions ........................................................................................................................................................................... 34 1. LinkedIn ................................................................................................................................................................................................ 34 2. Your curriculum vitae ...................................................................................................................................................................... 35 3. Your SharePoint-Community.Net Profile ................................................................................................................................. 35 4. Your Email Signature ....................................................................................................................................................................... 36 Thank you...................................................................................................................................................................................................... 37

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Illustrated Pathway to Certification
Developer: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

IT-PRO / Administrator: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

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Advanced Certifications: MCSM/MCA

Business Analysts/Project Managers & Solution Architects (provided by Salem)

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Power User: MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)

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Cloud Certifications

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Certifications Breakdown
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: SharePoint Applications
Introduction
The new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credential focuses on the ability to design and build application solutions that may include integrating multiple technologies and may span multiple versions of a single technology. It also demonstrates a candidate's commitment to remaining current on the latest technologies through recertification. It is aimed at individuals with 3+ years of practical SharePoint Development. Certification Home Page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsdsharepoint-apps-certification.aspx

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Benefits
MCSD is number three in a new survey of the top-paying certifications for 2013. If you’re a developer with an expertise in analyzing and designing enterprise solutions using different Microsoft languages and development tools, this is the certification to get. Validate your expertise and raise your earning potential at the same time.

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Learning Resources
There are many Resources for the 70-480 and 70-486 exams because they have been out for a while already. The 70-488 and 70-489 recently came out of beta, and even if resources are limited, more and more are starting to appear!

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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013

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Community Study Guides
  70-488 : http://spvlad.com/18Qqgmx 70-489 : http://spvlad.com/16GsMf7
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Official Exam Ref from O’Reilly
    70-480 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145373939.do (October 2013) 70-486 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145374820.do (September 2013) 70-488 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145392305.do (January 2014) 70-489: Not announced yet.

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Other Resources
      SharePoint 2013 Dev Ramp-up series with Andrew Connell from Pluralsight Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Developer Reference from O’Reilly Beginning SharePoint 2013 Development from O’Reilly Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start SharePoint Community’s Videos List: http://sharepointcommunity.net/page/sharepoint-videos TIP: Make sure you use the Filter icon to filter your results!

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master/ Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect

What Courses can I take?
From a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner:     70-480: Course 20480B 70-486: Course 20486B 70-488: Course 20488A 70-489: Not out yet!

Certified Salem™ Series: SharePoint Business Framework

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013

The Microsoft Official Course (MOC) for the 70-489 exam is not out at the moment, but should follow really soon!

Yammer Certifications

How to sign up:
You can book all the four exams through www.Prometric.com at a cost of 150$ each. To achieve your MCSD it will cost a total of 600$.

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint
Introduction
The Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) certification focuses on the ability to design and build technology solutions, which may include integrating multiple technology products and span multiple versions of a single technology, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Certification Homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsesharepoint-certification.aspx

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Learning Resources
Both the MCSA Windows Server 2012 and the SharePoint 2013 exams have been out for a while and there a tons of resources out there. The Exam Ref books from O’Reilly are almost all out, as are the Microsoft official courses! Don’t’ forget that starting January 2014, The MCSA exams will include Windows Server 2012 R2 content so learning materials might change.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint

Community Study Guides
  70-331: http://spvlad.com/18L5iTn 70-332: http://spvlad.com/11p2NUT

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master/ Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect

Official Exam Ref from O’Reilly
      70-410 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145369826.do 70-411 : None 70-412 : None 70-417: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145369666.do 70-331: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145376954.do 70-332 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145377098.do

Certified Salem™ Series: SharePoint Business Framework

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013

Yammer Certifications

Other Resources
  Trainsignal SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions (70-331): http://spvlad.com/162KUfO Trainsignal SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions (70-332): http://spvlad.com/13tTlh3

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14  SharePoint Community’s Videos List: http://sharepointcommunity.net/page/sharepoint-videos TIP: Make sure you use the Filter icon to filter your results! Professional SharePoint 2013 Administration : http://spvlad.com/16EZR6M 90 days to MCSA: http://spvlad.com/10VKl2Z 70-417 JumpStart: http://spvlad.com/11p2HMM

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What Courses can I take?
From a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner:       70-410: Course 20410B 70-411: Course 20411B 70-412: Course 20412B 70-417: Course 20417B 70-331: Course 20331B 70-332: Course 20332B

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: SharePoint Applications

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint

How to sign up:
All the exams required for SharePoint Server 2013 have now been released and you can take them at your nearest certified Prometric test center. You can sign up at www.prometric.com . The cost for each exam is 150$, therefore for a new professional it would cost 450$ for the MCSA Windows Server 2012, and 300$ for the SharePoint 2013 exams, bringing the total cost to 750$. If you already hold an MCITP SharePoint 2010, you will only need to pass the 70417 for the MCSA Upgrade, so 150$, and 300$ for the SharePoint 2013 exams, bringing the total cost at 450$ To make certification more cost efficient, Microsoft has created some packages! So, for a MCSA Windows Server 2012 package, you would pay 382$ instead of 450$ and for the SharePoint 2013 exams you would pay 255$ instead of 300$. This brings the total for a new certified person to 637$ instead of 750$. You can find details of the packages here:

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Certified Salem™ Series: SharePoint Business Framework

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Master/ Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect
Introduction
The MCSM: SharePoint training and certification program recognizes, develops, and validates a technology professional's ability to design, build, and troubleshoot the most complex business solutions based on Microsoft SharePoint Server. Our deep, hands-on, expert-to-expert training and rigorous examination of your knowledge and practical skills are designed to help you reduce risks, improve effectiveness, and increase efficiency in delivering SharePoint solutions. The MCA is a very high-level business-oriented certification with MCSM as a requirement. You get evaluated by a MCA Review Board of peers, which consists of Microsoft Certified Architects. Certification Home Page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/enus/mcsm-sharepoint-certification.aspx

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Benefits
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) offers comprehensive advanced technical training and certifications on Microsoft technologies that go beyond any product training offered outside of Microsoft today. IT professionals who successfully complete the training and certification validate their skills as product experts who successfully design and implement solutions that meet the most complex business requirements. Pursuing an MCSM improves the proficiency level for experienced practicing experts who are assigned to design and build complex or enterprise-level solutions. Achieving an MCSM validates your deep technical skills to design, build, install, migrate, and troubleshoot complex enterprise solutions using Microsoft technologies. The Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) program helps enable the highest-achieving professionals in IT architecture to distinguish their expertise. These certifications are designed for architects who specialize in using Microsoft technologies to provide solutions for enterprise customers. Professionals who hold an MCA certification are generally

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master/ Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect

Certified Salem™ Series: SharePoint Business Framework

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013

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The 1st of July 2013 Change
July 2013 has marked a huge change in the MCSM Program. Before, MCSM candidates had to first pass a phone interview with a SharePoint Expert to even be considered, and then pass three weeks in Redmond, training with the top SharePoint Experts in the world before taking the exams. Now, one can take the exams at the local Prometric Center for 500$ the Knowledge exam, and 2000$ the lab. This brings down the MCSM price from 18500$ to only 2500$. There has been a lot of controversy around this topic as some believe it’s a good move from Microsoft to make it more accessible, and others believe it diminishes the value of the MCSM program. You can view the official Microsoft “brochure” announcement and FAQ here: http://spvlad.com/13XBxyH

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The 1st of October 2013 Change
Friday the 30 of August, Microsoft sent an email to all MCSM’s and MCM’s to announce that the program will stop accepting new candidates starting October first, 2013. The way the announcement was made (and the cancelation) caused a lot of buzz on Twitter, blogs and social media and a “petition” was started to not cancel it on Microsoft Connect that at the time of the writing, has 780 up votes. Here is the full email that has been sent to MCM/MCSM’s to announce the cancelation of the program.
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Termination Email
We are contacting you to let you know we are making a change to the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications. As technology changes so do Microsoft certifications and as such, we are continuing to evolve the Microsoft certification program. Microsoft will no longer offer Masters and Architect level training rotations and will be retiring the Masters level certification exams as of October 1, 2013. The IT industry is changing rapidly and we will continue to evaluate the certification and training needs of the industry to determine if there's a different certification needed for the pinnacle of our program. As a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, or Microsoft Certified Architect, you have earned one of the highest certifications available

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through the Microsoft Certification program. Although individuals will no longer be able to earn these certifications, you will continue to hold the credential and you will not be required to recertify your credential in the future. You will continue to have access to the logos through the MCP site, and your certifications will continue to show in the appropriate section of your transcript, according to Microsoft technology retirement dates. If you are a Charter Member, you will continue to hold the Charter Member designation on your transcript. Also as a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, or Microsoft Certified Architect, you are a member of an exclusive, highly technical community and you've told us this community is one of the biggest benefits of your certification. We encourage you to stay connected with your peers through the main community distribution lists. Although we won't be adding more people to this community, you continue to be a valued member of it. Over time, Microsoft plans to transition the distribution lists to the community, and, with your consent, will include your information so that it can continue to be a valuable resource for your ongoing technical discussions. Within the coming weeks, you will receive invitations to an updated community site. This community site will require you to sign in with a Microsoft Account and will replace the need for a Microsoft Partner account as is required today. From this site, you will be able to manage service requests for the Masters and Architects communities – such as ordering welcome kits and managing your contact information for the distribution lists and directory - and accessing training rotation and other community content (if applicable). If you have not ordered your Welcome Kit, the last day to do so is October 31, 2013. To order your Welcome Kit, please contact the Advanced Cert team at advcert@microsoft.com. We thank you for your commitment to Microsoft technologies.

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One of the people (Tim Sneath) responsible for the program (and the cancelation) posted the following reply on the Microsoft Connect “petition” that gives some insight into why the program has been canceled, and he gives a small hint that a redesigned master level certification might come back in the near future. Here is the reply that earned him the title of “The MCSM assassin”.

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Tim Sneath’s Microsoft Connect Reply
Thank you for the passion and feedback. We're reading your comments and take them seriously, and as the person ultimately responsible for the decision to retire the Masters program in its current form, I wanted to provide a little additional context. Firstly, you should know that while I've been accused of many things in my career, I'm not a "bean counter". I come from the community myself; I co-authored a book on SQL Server development, I have been certified myself for nearly twenty years, I've architected and implemented several large Microsoft technology deployments, my major was in computer science. I’m a developer first, a manager second. Deciding to retire exams for the Masters program was a painful decision - one we did not make lightly or without many months of deliberation. You are the vanguard of the community. You have the most advanced skills and have demonstrated it through a grueling and intensive program. The certification is a clear marker of experience, knowledge and practical skills. In short, having the Masters credential is a huge accomplishment and nobody can take that away from the community. And of course, we're not removing the credential itself, even though it's true that we're closing the program to new entrants at this time. The truth is, for as successful as the program is for those who are in it, it reaches only a tiny proportion of the overall community. Only a few hundred people have attained the certification in the last few years, far fewer than we would have hoped. We wanted to create a certification that many would aspire to and that would be the ultimate peak of the Microsoft Certified program, but with only ~0.08% of all MCSE-certified individuals being in the program across all programs, it just hasn't gained the traction we hoped for. Sure, it loses us money (and not a small amount), but that’s not the point. We simply think we could do much more for the broader community at this level – that we could create something for many more to aspire to. We want it to be an

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elite community, certainly. But some of the non-technical barriers to entry run the risk of making it elitist for non-technical reasons. Having a program that costs candidates nearly $20,000 creates a non-technical barrier to entry. Having a program that is English-only and only offered in the USA creates a non-technical barrier to entry. Across all products, the Masters program certifies just a couple of hundred people each year, and yet the costs of running this program make it impossible to scale out any further. And many of the certifications currently offered are outdated – for example, SQL Server 2008 - yet we just can't afford to fully update them. That’s why we’re taking a pause from offering this program, and looking to see if there’s a better way to create a pinnacle, WITHOUT losing the technical rigor. We have some plans already, but it’s a little too early to share them at this stage. Over the next couple of months, we'd like to talk to many of you to help us evaluate our certifications and build something that will endure and be sustainable for many years to come. We hate having to do this - causing upset amongst our most treasured community is far from ideal. But sometimes in order to build, you have to create space for new foundations. I personally have the highest respect for this community. I joined the learning team because I wanted to grow the impact and credibility of our certification programs. I know this decision hurts. Perhaps you think it is wrong-headed, but I wanted to at least explain some of the rationale. It comes from the desire to further invest in the IT Pro community, rather than the converse. It comes from the desire to align our programs with market demand, and to scale them in such a way that the market demand itself grows. It comes from the desire to be able to offer more benefits, not fewer. And over time I hope we'll be able to demonstrate the positive sides of the changes we are going through as we plan a bright future for our certifications. Thank you for listening… we appreciate you more than you know. Tim Sneath

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Learning Resources
The only specific learning resource for the MCSM program is the public MCSM reading list that you can find here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/themasterblog/archive/2013/01/29/mcsmsharepoint-recommended-reading.aspx. Other than that, the MCSE SharePoint 2013 and the two Developer exams are a prerequisite, so there is a lot of learning there! They are now a bit useless for the certification, but useful for your knowledge! If you have other questions, you might also want to check out the SPChat with Bill Ayers and Erwin van Hunen that answers a ton of those questions! You can find it here: http://spvlad.com/18yJ2vK

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Certified Salem™ Series: SharePoint Business Framework
Introduction
The Certified Salem™ series of professional business consulting courses and certifications focuses on your ability to master Salem™ the Sequenced & Logical Enterprise Methodology modular framework, techniques, strategic workshops and consulting principles for SharePoint. The Salem™ series also demonstrates a candidate's commitment to professional business consulting techniques through assessment and certification. It is aimed at individuals from all business and technology backgrounds and can be used in a wide range of career scenarios.

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Benefits
Salem™ is protected intellectual property and each certification includes a full and perpetual license to practice. The framework is agnostic of both product and version which means the unique principles, formats and techniques applied currently to SharePoint can easily be applied to other evolving products and platforms. In turn this defines Salem™ as a career certification for life with principles which will not go out of date. A major benefit is that an individual can now learn the Salem™ method which previously was only available to Gold Partners. The benefits of a framework that has extensive uses is explained further here:

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: SharePoint

Microsoft Certified Solutions Master/ Microsoft Certified Solutions Architect

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Learning Resources
All course information and booking is provided online as follows:       110: www.sharepointcourses.net/110-2/ 115: www.sharepointcourses.net/115-certified-salem-master/ 210: www.sharepointcourses.net/210-certified-salem-sales-expert/ 310: www.sharepointcourses.net/310-presenting-the-salemframework-workshop/ 315: www.sharepointcourses.net/315-the-salem-workshopssequence/ 410: www.sharepointcourses.net/410-the-client-strategicframework-workshop/

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Interviews
“Having recently completed the SALEM Practitioner course, I strongly recommend this to anyone involved in SharePoint. What makes this course so valuable is the way it breaks down a huge and sometimes intimidating subject, into digestible and logical steps, in a very natural way. This empowers you to follow this approach when working with potential or existing customers on an Enterprise software delivery. I look forward to building on this foundation with the SALEM Master Practitioners course.”
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“The Salem™ framework provides not only a fantastic and complete delivery methodology but also conceptually provides the perfect argument towards organizations adopting a complete approach to their SharePoint investment. The course structure and content provided me with a deep understanding of the framework and has given me the confidence to run workshops – it is the perfect tool for business-focused consultants to gain (and ultimately sell) a complete approach to leveraging all that the SharePoint platform has to offer. I highly recommend both the course and the framework itself.” “I found the CSP & CSM courses useful, informative and in-depth. The Salem™ framework covers all the areas that are required to deploy SharePoint successfully either on premise or in the cloud. The value of using the Salem™ framework is in the repeatable logical approach that can be used for all SharePoint engagements.”
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“I found the CSP course enjoyable, intensive, thought-provoking and engaging. You get a huge amount of material both written and video; and for each section (and there are quite a few) there is a test which must be passed. There is a mass of reading, which worked well with the other materials provided (e.g. slides). At the end of the course I let out a whoop, I just love achievements! Another chink of armour added J … An added and major benefit is that it does add an arsenal of methods; extremely

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What Courses can I take?
You will find a fast career map for the Salem Certification series here: www.sharepointcourses.net/career-map/ All courses are online including the assessment tests, final certification exam and certificate.    110: Course & Exam – Certified Salem™ Practitioner (CSP) 115: Course & Exam – Certified Salem™ Master (CSM) 210: Course & Exam - Certified Salem™ Sales Expert (CSSE)

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There are currently two additional online master classes that are very useful to learn which cover the Salem business consulting workshop sequence:  310: Online Masterclass – Presenting the Salem™ Framework Workshop  315: Online Masterclass – The Salem™ Workshops Sequence

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The masterclasses include a detailed collection of learning and training materials. These train you how to present a specific sequence of business consulting workshops using the Salem™ framework and methodology.

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How to sign up
You can book your online Salem™ professional courses and certifications now through www.sharepointcourses.net (also www.salemcourses.com). The detailed course list can be found at http://www.sharepointcourses.net/get-certified/. All courses may be paid for securely online using PayPal through our website, by inter-bank transfer by emailing us at info@salemcourses.com or over the phone on +44 (0)207 788 9445.
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Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): SharePoint 2013
Introduction
Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Microsoft Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification in a specific Office program. The new MOS 2013 exam format presents a short project the candidate must complete, using the specifications provided. This creates a real-world testing experience for candidates. Certification Home Page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/enus/exam.aspx?ID=77-419

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Benefits
The MOS certification will prepare end users and power users to use SharePoint 2013 to its fullest potential. Candidates will learn a lot about SharePoint 2013 OOTB usage as well as how to use its features straight from the browser.

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Learning Resources
Since the 77-419 MOS isn’t really released, there are not many resources to study out there. However, here are all the available ones at the moment!

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Community Study Guides
 77-419: http://sharepoint-community.net/forum/topics/studyguide-for-exam-77-425-microsoft-office-specialist-mos-share

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Official Exam Ref from O’Reilly
 MOS Exam: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145363701.do

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Other Resources
 SharePoint Community’s Videos List: http://sharepointcommunity.net/page/sharepoint-videos TIP: Make sure you use the Filter icon to filter your results!

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What Courses can I take?
There is no direct MOC (Microsoft Official Course) for this exam, however here are the ones that are related to this exam.     Course 55029A: Introduction to SharePoint 2013 for Collaboration and Document Management Course 55035A: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 for the Site Owner/Power User Course 55026A: Upgrading your End User Skills to SharePoint 2013 Course 55033A: SharePoint 2013 Site Collection and Site Administration

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How to sign up:
Unlike the rest of the Microsoft exams, the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Series is managed by CertiPort. In my opinion, the site is not as easy to navigate as the Prometric one, and there are far less testing centers, however we have to deal with it! The CertiPort homepage for the MOS Exams is http://spvlad.com/1a3lfrr . According to the MS learning Website, the exam was released March 31 2013, however according to CertiPort it won’t be released until April 2014. The cost of the exam is 96$.

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Yammer Certifications
Introduction
The Yammer Certified Professional Program transforms participants into experts in specific areas in order to strengthen their organization’s engagement with Yammer. Certified users receive access to specialized, private YCN Community Groups where they can exchange ideas, learn tips and tricks, and obtain advice from other Yammer Certified Professionals. Certification Home Page: https://about.yammer.com/certifications/

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Benefits
Like it or not, social is now one of the big pillars of SharePoint... and Yammer is the medium. Being Yammer certified will allow you to understand the platform and be able to implement it right. Furthermore, as Yammer is now a part of Microsoft, I wouldn’t be surprised if Yammer exams became a part of the Microsoft Partner Network competency program. There are no official news about it being required yet, however it would be a logical step from Microsoft.

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Basic Info
When does the next certification program start?
You can find the start date for each program at success.yammer.com/events/.
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Are the certification programs self-paced?
Yes, most certification programs can be done at your own pace as they consist of e-learning modules and exercises. However, note that the Community Manager program has live components and exercises that must be completed within a specified time period.

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Are certifications available in multiple languages?
Currently the certification programs are only offered in English.

I want to get my team certified. Do you offer any discounts?
Currently there are not any discounts.

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Will I receive an invite from the YES team when the program is ready to start?
Yes, following registration you will receive a confirmation email and an invitation to the YCN.

How long is my certification valid?
Your certification is valid for one year from the date you took your exam.

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What is the exam format? How long does a typical exam take?
The exam is a mixed format that includes multiple choice, multiple select, hotspot questions, and true/false. The exam can take between half an hour to an entire hour.

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What kind of exam preparation is necessary?
A practice test is available to you for exam preparation.

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Do I need to score a certain percentage in order to pass the exam?
Yes, you need to score a 90% to pass the exam.

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If I do not pass an exam, can I have a refund?
No, but you can take another exam for a fee of $99.
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How many chances do I get to pass?
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Knowledge Assessment (Community Manager, Trainer)
What is the Knowledge Assessment testing?
The Knowledge Assessment that is given at the beginning of the program is used to gage your level of Yammer knowledge. To be able to participate in the program, you must meet at least this level of the primary features of Yammer.

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What should I review before taking the Knowledge Assessment?
If you think you need a bit of review before taking the assessment, please refer to the Getting Started Yaminar Series in the YCN. It will take about an hour to watch the entire series. To save time, only watch the Yaminars that you feel you need to review.

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What is the passing score for the Knowledge Assessment?
You must pass with a 90% out of 20 questions. Each user gets two chances to pass this assessment.
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What will happen if I do not pass the Knowledge Assessment?
If you do not pass the Knowledge Assessment, you will be added to the Yammer Fundamentals course. Once you complete this short, 30 minute course you will then be added to your certification program.
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Learning Resources
As you saw, most of the learning Resources aren’t free and you have to pay for them. The Power User Certification is an extra 200$ as is the Administrator. The Trainer & Community Manger training are included in the price. However, I was able to find some other interesting material:    Yammer Yaminars (5-10 min tutorials) Yammer Admin Guide How to Administer Your Network Like a Pro Yammer Starter book by PACKT Publishing

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How to sign up
You can sign up for Yammer Certifications on their website and make sure you have a PayPal account to pay with. The prices are the following: Yammer Power User: 99$ Exam Only, 299$ Course & Exam. Yammer Administrator: 99$ Exam Only, 299$ Course & Exam. Yammer Community Manager: 599$ Course and Exam. Yammer Trainer: 799$ Course and Exam. However, do not forget, they are only valid for 1 year! So it can get pretty expensive!

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The Cloud: SharePoint Online Certifications
Introduction
Although initially considered by many IT professionals to be an epic flop, Microsoft Office 365 is starting to gain traction. This is especially true for smaller organizations who have found it more cost effective to operate products such as Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync in the cloud rather than to host the required services on premises. This assessment validates skills learned in the Administering Office 365 for Small Businesses Jump Start. These skills are key to administering Office 365 for Small Business clients and are especially designed for Microsoft partners excited to achieve a Small Business Competency through an Office 365 assessment Certification Home Page: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/enus/exam.aspx?ID=74-325

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Refresh and other exams
On the 6th of June 2013, Microsoft Learning did a Jumpstart for their 74325 exam, which is in fact a refresh of the past 74-324 exam. However, the actual exam only came out in September!
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Learning Resources
There are not THAT many resources for the 74-324/74-325 exams yet, however here is what we have:

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Community Study Guides
 74-324/325: http://sharepoint-community.net/forum/topics/studyguide-for-exam-74-325-74-325-administering-office-365-for-s

Other Resources
 SharePoint Community’s Videos List: http://sharepointcommunity.net/page/sharepoint-videos TIP: Make sure you use the Filter icon to filter your results! Administering Office 365 for Small Business Jump Start: http://spvlad.com/19wrpRQ Microsoft Office 365 Administration Inside Out: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145377418.do

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How to sign up
All the exams required for SharePoint Server 2013 have now been released and you can take them at your nearest certified Prometric test center. You can sign up at www.prometric.com . The cost for the exam is 150$.

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Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Business Intelligence
Introduction
The Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (MCSE) certification focuses on the ability to design and build technology solutions, which may include integrating multiple technology products and span multiple versions of a single technology, whether on-premises or in the cloud. Prove that you have the skills and techniques needed to design, build, and deploy solutions that deliver more data to more people across the organization. Certification Homepage: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsesql-business-intelligence.aspx

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Learning Resources
Both the MCSA SQL Server 2012 and the SharePoint 2013 exams have been out for more than an year and there a tons of resources out there. The Exam Ref books from O’Reilly are almost all out, as are the Microsoft official Courses!

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Official Exam Ref from O’Reilly
     70-461 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145345059.do 70-462 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145345134.do 70-463 : http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145345219.do 70-466: none 70-467: none

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Other Resources
     SQL Server 2012 Querying (70-461) on TrainSignal http://spvlad.com/12Iv09U SQL 2012 Administrations Essentials on TrainSignal http://www.trainsignal.com/course/181/sql-server-2012administration-essentials 90 days to MCSA: http://spvlad.com/10VKl2Z Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0790145322272.do
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What Courses can I take?
From a Microsoft Certified Learning Partner:      70-461: Course 10774A 70-462: Course 10775A 70-463: Course 10777A 70-466: Course 10778A 70-467: Course 20467B:

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How to sign up
All the exams required for the MCSE BI certification have now been released and you can take them at your nearest certified Prometric test center. You can sign up at www.prometric.com . The cost for each exam is 150$, therefore for a new professional it would cost 450$ for the MCSA SQL Server 2012, and 300$ for the BI exams, bringing the total cost to 750$. To make certification more cost efficient, Microsoft has created some packages! So, for a MCSA SQL Server 2012 package, you would pay 382$ instead of 450$ and for the BI exams you would pay 255$ instead of 300$. This brings the total for a new certified person to 637$ instead of 750$. You can find details of the packages here: http://bsf01.com/Microsoft_Vouchers/MCSA_SQLServer_BI.aspx

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Graduation Instructions
After you have successfully passed a certification, it’s time show it off! There are multiple ways you can let the world know that you have achieved your certification.

1. LinkedIn
LinkedIn has a “Certifications” section in which you can add certifications. Recruiters will often use these to search for you! Even if you are not actively looking for a job, it’s good to keep your profile up to date, you never know what interesting offer might come!

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2. Your curriculum vitae
Your CV is a great place to enter your certifications! You can even include one of the nice Certification Logos Microsoft gives out for free when you are certified! For Example:

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3. Your SharePoint-Community.Net Profile
As you probably know, we have added an “Awards and Achievements” section on your www.SharePoint-Community.net profile. See below.

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4. Your Email Signature
Your email signature is also a nice way to display your certifications. For Example:

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Thank you
On behalf of all the SharePoint Community Founders and Reps, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read this document. If you are not a member of SharePoint Community yet, I would highly encourage you to join in order to collaborate with other SharePointers around the world!

For any questions or remarks, please don’t hesitate to talk to me on twitter @vladcatrinescu or on SharePoint Community!

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