Microsoft is boosting its training programmes for developers to encourage a broader range of players to become involved.
It has introduced a new certification initiative for Solution Developers building desktop and Internet applications with its Visual Studio tools suite and Transaction Server. Candidates will have to pass three core and one optional examinations, which will begin in the autumn.
Microsoft is also subsidising a three-day hands-on course at its Authorised Technical Education Centres worldwide from 28 September to 30 October to teach programmers to build applications using version 6.0 of Visual Studio. This is being dubbed the Visual Studio Developer Training Month.
A further scheme, the Microsoft Certified Professional + Site Building certificate, is also targeted at individuals who are planning, building, managing and maintaining Web sites based on Microsoft technology.
The sites must include multimedia, searchable content and hook up to a back end database. Candidates have to pass two examinations based around version 6.0 of the Visual Interdev Web development tool, the Front Page Web site creation tool, and version 3.0 of Site Server Commerce.
Lastly, the firm has announced its Microsoft Skills 2000 Internship initiative to try to address its skills shortage. The aim is to provide customers at Authorised Technical Education Centres, and organisations with Authorised Academic Training Programme status, with on the job experience of working at Solutions Providers, and the possibility of applying for a post later on.
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