Becoming an IT professional is a lot easier now than it was in the past. These days everyone has access to a computer and advanced software. Only twenty years ago, a small percentage of the population had a computer in their home. And ten years after that, only a small amount of people had access to software that is considered IT level professional software. If you wanted access to that same software, you would have to spend a lot of money. Now with the power of either open sourced software or companies offering complicated software products for free, people can learn IT topics on their home computer.
Even though you may be able to practice on your home computer, it is another thing to be able to consider yourself a professional when it comes to IT. A professional IT person has to know how to maintain hardware and software for thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of people. There are ways that you can learn how to do this. Becoming a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) is one. This certificate will show future employers that you have the knowledge to be able to handle an IT platform with a large amount of people. It also involves showing an employer that you can handle database administrative duties, as well as other IT specific areas. The MCITP certification has several paths, such as Database administration and development, Windows Server and Client, Microsoft office project, Exchange email server etc.
To start on the road of becoming MCITP certified, there are a few resources that you will need to make this happen. Before you take any MCITP test, you should put in a lot of practice at home. This is why the first paragraph of this article is so important. With the tools that we have at our disposal now, you are able to get the practice that you need. A lot of these tools are provided by Microsoft themselves.
For example, for the Database MCITP path, the first thing that you want to do is to download a free copy of Microsoft’s SQL server. This will allow you to become familiar with the technology before the test. You know that this is the technology that you will be working with, so it helps to be acquainted with it already. After you have downloaded and installed the database server software, go online and search for tutorials. There are plenty of free tutorials on SQL server. Find one that will help you the most. If money is not an issue, then go to Amazon and look for resources there. They have a large range of products that will help you in learning database administration as well as other parts of the certification. There are a ton free informational resources out there, both free and commercial.
Thanks to the power of your home desktop computer and the information of the Internet, you are now able to have all the resources that are needed to pass the MCITP test. It will take a lot of studying on your part but you should be able to pass the test with flying colors.