Microsoft New Zealand has dropped its Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam costs by more than 30%.
The fees were reduced from $300 to $205 per exam in a move designed to ensure local IT professionals realise their potential and have the knowledge and skills needed to benefit from the adoption and use of Microsoft technology, says Steve Haddock, Microsoft New Zealand partner group manager.
Haddock adds that the MCP qualifications also help people further their employment opportunities and careers with many employers using training opportunities as a “hook” to employ the best people.
“This is definitely the right thing to do for our partners. By reducing the price of the exams we can make them both more affordable and accessible to help ensure professionals gain their qualification,” he says.
The reduced costs apply to all MCP and Microsoft Business Solutions exams taken at independent testing organisations which are set up as Pearson VUE or Thomson Prometric testing centres. This includes many of Microsoft’s Certified Partners for Learning Solutions and IT academies, such as Auldhouse Training, New Horizons and ACE Training.
Microsoft says New Zealand is among the top ten countries worldwide for its rate of MCP certifications per population head.
Haddock meanwhile says Microsoft’s current series of partner briefings, which kicked off in Wellington on Monday and goes to Christchurch on November 16 and Auckland on November 17, provide a range of valuable sessions aimed not only at providing technical information, but also at improving partners’ business.
“For instance, I am presenting a session on advertising effectiveness that discusses how partners can achieve the best impact from their marketing dollars,” he says.
“There is also free technical training in the afternoon that is really valuable— it is like gold dust.”
Separate streams are presented during the events for partners, developers, IT professionals and decision-makers in the private and public sector.