Microsoft announces new fee structure for Microsoft Certifications Exams

Microsoft has announced that effective July 1, 2011, the retail price of Microsoft Certifications will increase worldwide.

According to Microsoft;

Microsoft recognizes the increased pressures on students and academic institutions during these challenging economic times. Although some of the prices for Microsoft Certification exams for students and academic institutions will increase, the discount will remain significant. Microsoft is dedicated to helping students become more employable for entry jobs in the IT industry. IT Academy members, high school, college, or university students enrolled in a degree or diploma program will continue to receive a discount off the retail price of select Microsoft Certification exams.

Q1: What are the reasons for the price increase?
Ans: The price increase for select Microsoft Certification exams reflects the significant value that our certifications provide to our customers and our continual investment in new and enhanced Microsoft Certifications and other program improvements.

The new fee structure enables Microsoft to improve the Microsoft Certification program. Examples of proposed improvements include new Microsoft Certifications, new question types, frequent updates to certification exams, improved exam security, and driving adoption of Microsoft Certification by accrediting bodies across the world.

All of these changes reflect Microsoft’s continuing commitment to provide greater value to its customers through the Microsoft Certification program.

Q2: How often does Microsoft increase exam prices?
Ans: Microsoft increases exam prices only when warranted by program offerings and market conditions.

Q3: Will there be price increases for MCTS, MCITP, MCPD, MCDST, MCSA, MCSE, MCAD, MCSD, and MCDBA certifications?
Ans: Yes, exams for the following certifications are slated for a price increase:

– Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
– Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
– Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
– Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
– Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
– Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
– Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
– Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
– Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)

Q4: Will the price for MTA, MCM, MCA, and MOS certification exams be impacted by this increase?
Ans: Microsoft Learning does not anticipate that this price increase will impact Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams.

Q5: How will this change affect student discounts for Microsoft Certification exams?
Ans: Although the prices for certain Microsoft Certification exams for students will increase, the student discount will remain significant. Microsoft is dedicated to helping students become more employable for entry jobs in the IT industry. If you are a high school, college, or university student in a degree or diploma program, you will continue to receive a discount off the retail price of select Microsoft Certification exams. Students must have valid student photo ID in order to get student discounts.

Q6: Does Microsoft plan to increase prices for any other Microsoft Certification exams?
Ans: Microsoft does not anticipate any other price increases for certification exams at this time. Microsoft will keep monitoring market conditions and make pricing decisions accordingly. Future price changes will be communicated to Microsoft Partners with a Learning competency and Microsoft Learning customers through the Microsoft Learning website.

Q7: What are the new prices for Microsoft Certification exams?
Ans: For details about Microsoft Certification exam pricing in the country or region where you plan to take an exam, you have two options: use our pricing tool or contact Prometric, an authorized Microsoft exam delivery provider.

You can take advantage of the current exam prices, if you Register and take your exam by June 30, 2011.

Note: The new fee structure will be effective in India from August 1, 2011.

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