Microsoft Certified? New Benefits...

I just saw this on Trika's blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/trika/archive/2007/10/19/gravy-anyone.aspx

They all look to be good new features of the MCP program :)

Direct link to the new benefits - https://mcp.microsoft.com/mcp/benefits/whatsnew/Default.mspx

Community profiles on Microsoft.com
MCPs and MCTs are invited to build a community profile on the Microsoft.com Web site, complete with your photo, professional achievements, and technology expertise. This personal landing page is an excellent way to highlight your certifications, skills, and affiliation with Microsoft; it allows clients, colleagues, and employers to find you in the Membership Directory. We hope you will enjoy using the first release of the Community Profile tool, and we look forward to your feedback and suggestions on the evolution of community profiles.

Searchable MCP and MCT Membership Directories
Let Microsoft.com help promote your unique set of skills and experience. After creating your community profile, you may choose to publish it to the Membership Directory where clients, colleagues, and potential employers can search by name, location, or technology focus.

Partner-level Knowledge Base access
As a certified professional, you can access exclusive technical information that is not available to the general public—including partner-level security articles with detailed product support information, and articles about pre-release (beta) products.

MCTs only: Community Solutions Knowledge Base authoring
Now MCTs can contribute articles to the Microsoft Support Knowledge Base to increase exposure and share your technology expertise. Use Community Solutions to submit and maintain content—an opportunity currently available only to MCTs and MVPs.

Unified certification records for MCP, MSBC, and Microsoft Dynamics
If you hold credentials across MCP, Microsoft Business Certifications (MSBC), and Microsoft Dynamics, your record keeping should now be easier. Using your MCP logon credentials, you can now view a consolidated transcript and logos from this Microsoft Certification portal.

An improved, streamlined Microsoft Certification welcome kit
New members of the community continue to be welcomed with a Microsoft Certification ID (or MCP ID)—the key to all of the benefits on the MCP member site—and a welcome kit. We have updated the look and feel of the certificate based on your feedback, and streamlined the welcome kit contents to accommodate customer preferences and a paper-free work world.

In the future, you will notice that welcome kits no longer include a paper contact sheet or program agreement; you will have access to the most up-to-date versions online. Lapel pins, available only in classic welcome kits, have been discontinued in response to customer feedback, allowing us to focus on delivering benefits with higher approval ratings.

The appearance of your paper Certificates of Achievement will complement the new, downloadable transcript format. The hard-copy version will reflect your requested improvements in the form of four-color printing, better quality paper to prevent bending in shipment, a Microsoft watermark, and a metallic seal.

Certificate of Achievements without the wait (logon required)
The wait is over! The new Certificate Manager tool allows you to create, download, print, and store your customized Certificate of Achievement as soon as your new certification is reflected in your transcript. Download and print your certificate or use the soft copy to include with project proposals and job applications.

Improved look and features of printable transcripts
Download your Microsoft transcript in XPS and PDF formats and print a professional-quality copy. The look and feel has been improved in line with your industry-recognized status as a Microsoft Certified Professional, is consistent with the updated Certificates of Achievement, and includes a Microsoft watermark.


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