The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification allows individuals to validate a comprehensive skill-set necessary to perform various IT functions within a business. Certified MCITPs many include a comprehensive list of professionals who utilise Microsoft products on a daily basis.
Why take the MCITP?
The MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) certification is a highly valued and recognised qualification, which in todays increasingly competitive IT job market, is often specifically looked for by employers. If you are already in a job by taking the MCITP you validate your existing skills and gain access to a large network of other Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) with whom you can share knowledge and best practice adding value to your business.
What is the best way to train for my MCITP exams?
There are many ways to train for your MCITP to suit any budget and time commitments. It is important to consider which method is best for you and remember that you can choose multiple options in order to develop your own fully comprehensive training plan.
Undoubtedly the most comprehensive, but time-consuming, route is to take time out and go to a classroom-based training course through a recognised provider. This means you get the attention you require and can cover off significant chunks of the syllabus over a matter of days or weeks. Often you can even take the exams at the end and many companies offer free retakes. However classroom based training is costly and time consuming and you may not have the budget or time to set aside for a classroom-based course.
Online course / self-study
Another more cost effective and time efficient option is to sign up for an online course and study through the modules at your own pace. Online content is often either immediately downloadable or available from anywhere online so you can study at your own pace and get going straight away. Many providers will assign you a tutor who will be able to check your practice assignments and guide your learning to ensure you get the best out of the course.
Microsoft provider online learning content in their learning centre and there are many books available on the MCITP. Some course providers offer self-study courses and will send you all the relevant materials, disks and information to help you pass your test. These are cheaper than classroom-based courses but still can be quite expensive but have the advantage of being fully comprehensive.
Question and Answer Guides
If you are fairly well versed in the MCITP skill set and want a budget solution that you can take anywhere, online instantly downloadable exam question and answer guides can be invaluable. These list all the known MCITP exam questions and give the correct answer so you can be sure you know exactly which option to choose and what is likely to come up. They are great as practice tests and most are available in PDF format so can be downloaded onto any device with Adobe Acrobat reader installed so you can take them anywhere.