The Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) qualification has taken a further battering, with PC Week readers complaining the curriculum is too broad.
In an article last week, one IT professional claimed that the Microsoft MCP home study training guides do not properly prepare people for the examination.
Our article prompted complaints from a number of other readers. Alan Smith, a support manager who recently failed the Windows 95 MCP examination, said: "I certainly found the exam too broad, there appeared to be quite a few questions covering NetWare and Windows NT interoperability."
The NT and NetWare content of the examination was also criticised by Alan Lewis, who attained his Windows 95 MCP qualification in January.
"It's a bit like taking the (theory) part of a driving test and being asked questions which are more likely to appear on a driving instructor's examination," he commented.
Lewis feels there is little point in taking the examination unless you are already a network engineer. "There is a case for separating the networking element from the rest of the OS curriculum," added Lewis.
Robert Freeman Kerr has been in the network support business for two and a half years, and has taken MCP examinations leading to the higher qualification of Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). He agrees the Windows 95 examination would be tough for anyone without networking knowledge.
"If you don't have any network knowledge, you will have a problem. Windows 95 has everything in it and links in with NT." said Freeman Kerr.
Microsoft was unable to find a spokesman to discuss the situation.
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