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wow... I was just browsing through the new FAQ on the next generation of Microsoft certs, when I stumbled across this little gem in the Certified Architect section:

Q. How much will it cost?
A.

The final price has not yet been determined. The program is being operated on a costs-recovery basis. The cost for staffing and running a week-long review board is approximately US$10,000 per candidate, so the expected price is about US$10,000. A final price will be announced by the end of 2005.

 

Pay close attention to the part in bold. Holy cow... so they want 10 years of IT experience, 3 verifiable years as an architect, and TEN THOUSAND BUCKS?!? Good luck with that!

Posted on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 6:13 AM General Interest | Back to top


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You've gotta give them credit though: at least they're trying to ensure that not anyone with access to a brain dump can get the "Architect" status. Of course, this will also limit it to people with lots of money or who's company is willing to have a Microsoft Architect on staff for ego reasons.

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Left by D'Arcy From Canada on Oct 26, 2005 7:55 AM

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Yeah, don't misunderstand, I think the board certification process is a HUGE step in the right direction, but $10,000... woof!
Left by Chris Williams on Oct 26, 2005 7:57 AM

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Yeah...that works out to over a million with our funny Monopoly money. ;)
Left by D'Arcy From Canada on Oct 26, 2005 9:43 AM

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Sounds pretty cheap if you consider what other professionals Doctors etc have to fork out to get their title. Remember you are paying for the time and effort it takes someone to look at your work and decide you are (or are *not* - now there's 10k down the drain) worthy.
But for 10k it better be something that you can go back to Microsoft/the examining board with if you hire an 'architect' and they turn out to be less qualified than Auntie Ethel.
Left by Zman on Oct 26, 2005 4:39 PM

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Exactly...and not only that, but its still primarily a "Microsoft" certification. With being a doctor or a lawyer, you're recognized by a professional organization that isn't specific to a certain company or product. With Microsoft, you're saying that you're a certified "Microsoft" architect. So the scope is still somewhat limited. Would a non-Microsoft company needing an architect see that status as a benefit or a hindrance when technologies used on the project aren't all Microsoft? It'll be interesting to see how it'll be accepted.
Left by D'Arcy From Canada on Oct 26, 2005 6:28 PM

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As I understand it, the 10k is strictly the board fees. That doesn't include the training and education and study materials and other expenses (such as time off from work) you incur along the way. Once you start comparing the *total cost* it gets pretty damn high.
Left by Chris Williams on Oct 26, 2005 8:59 PM

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