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Microsoft Plans to Add Cloud-related Certs to Its Lineup

Microsoft Training and Certification has posted a series of Web pages to announce its coverage of cloud computing related topics amidst its many MCPD and MCITP credentials.

Based on recent coverage and boosterism at its first two Microsoft Certified Career Conferences (held in November, 2010, and February, 2011), I wasn't at all suprised to learn that the company is preparing a certification curriculum to address cloud computing topics.

On its brand-new "Microsoft Cloud Services: Training and Certification" Web page, here's what MS has to say about upcoming training and certification in this topic area

"Cloud technology creates new opportunities and job roles, but it also impacts current ones. Over the next year, we will introduce new certifications on Microsoft cloud services and will update many of our current certifications to include cloud-related skills. We’ll provide training for these cloud computing offerings through Official Microsoft Learning Products, including Microsoft Press books, Microsoft Official Courses, and Official Microsoft E-Learning."

It's not yet clear what else is coming down the pike in this area, but given the inclusion of existing MCPD (Web Developer 4, Windows Developer 4, and Windows Azure Developer) and MCITP (Server Administrator, Virtualization Administrator, Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010, SharePoint Administrator 2010, and Lync Server 2010 Administrator, with a Dynamics CRM 2011 Administrator also on the way) I expect to see more cloud-focused mid-tier developer and administrator credentials added to this mix.

Microsoft has said it's betting on the cloud in a big way, and this is yet one more item of proof that they're not just blowing clouds of smoke, either. I'm going to make a call to my contacts at MS Learning and see what else I can find out about their plans for more credentials and related training in this area. Stay tuned!