MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
The MCSE is a certification that demonstrates that the owner has the skills to design, implement and administer medium to large scale Microsoft Windows server solutions and architectures.
This certification is maintained by the Microsoft Corporation
The MCSE is designed to identify individuals that analyze, design and implement Microsoft 2000 and Microsoft Windows Server infrastructures.
The MCSE certification allows candidates to follow either the Windows 2000 track, or the Windows Server 2003 track.
It is recommended that the candidate have at least one year of experience administering network and desktop operating systems in a medium to large scale network. They should have experience with typical networking applications (such as print, firewalls, etc.) as well as local and remote users or multiple networks.
The benefits of being an MCSE are:
- The recognition of the MCSE certification by the industry;
- Access to specialized technical information through Microsoft;
- Access to exclusive discounts from selected companies;
- MCSE certificate, wallet card, lapel pin and other items to identify you as a member of the Microsoft Certification Program;
- Invitations to Microsoft conferences, training sessions and other events;
- Free access to the Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine Online;
- A discount on the Windows & .NET magazine.
To become certified as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, the individual will need to choose the track they will follow (either Windows 2000 or Windows Server 2003) and complete the requirements.
Windows 2000: Five core exams as well as two elective exams must be passed to gain the certification. The five core exams are divided into 3 for networking systems, 1 for client operating systems and 1 for design.
Windows 2003: Six core exams as well as two elective exams must be passed to gain the certification. The six core exams are divided into 4 for networking systems, 1 for client operating systems and 1 for design.
Upgrade paths exist to make an older MCSE certification current.