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Be a Certified HTPC Pro

Sure you know your component from your composite and your CardSpace from your CableCard, who doesn't, right? But if your day gig is setting up A/V equipment, how does a potential employer or customer know that? And you probably thought that Microsoft Certified Professional exams were for those monad scripters on Channel 9, well - not so. Microsoft has MCP exams for technologists too.

Right now you can register to take the beta of the Windows Vista Connected Experience: Home Theater for Technologists exam and get a professional accredidation that shows you know how to design and build a solution for home theater systems based on the Windows Vista platform. The cost for these exams is normally $125 and can be taken at any Prometric testing center like other certifications, but since this is a beta you can take it for free. Yes, you will get a certificate if you pass, but because this is a beta you won't know right away if you passed or not. It's a great deal and you have nothing to lose so give it a try.

To take the test, just use this code: PAGHT.

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  • jagowarjagowar

    will it take some time for it to show up in the system?  i tried to go register for it but the course was not listed.

  • jagowarjagowar

    will it take some time for it to show up in the system?  i tried to go register for it but the course was not listed.

  • Larry LarsenLarryLarsen "Lightbulb"

    Since this is a beta exam, it shows up under Prometric as 71-625, you have to scroll down to see it.

  • jagowarjagowar

    i see it now...  just one more followup.  how long will this free offer last?  my local testing center only has 2 days available currently listed and both are next week.  i was hoping to find a date a bit further off but dont want to wait too long where the free offer might expire.

    also would there be any recommended studying material (other than the e-learning courses listed in the link).  there are no official practice tests (the whole beta thing i assume).  just wondering what kind of questions would be asked since htpc can be alot of things.

  • jagowarjagowar

    i see it now...  just one more followup.  how long will this free offer last?  my local testing center only has 2 days available currently listed and both are next week.  i was hoping to find a date a bit further off but dont want to wait too long where the free offer might expire.

    also would there be any recommended studying material (other than the e-learning courses listed in the link).  there are no official practice tests (the whole beta thing i assume).  just wondering what kind of questions would be asked since htpc can be alot of things.

  • Steven Kerr LindsaySteven Kerr Lindsay

    You think a week is short notice, I just booked one for Saturday as my local testing center has nothing else this year! :O, this is gonna be fun Smiley

  • Steven Kerr LindsaySteven Kerr Lindsay

    You think a week is short notice, I just booked one for Saturday as my local testing center has nothing else this year! :O, this is gonna be fun Smiley

  • jasonbjasonb

    Very cool!  I didn't know that this exam existed.  Thanks for sharing Larry!

  • jasonbjasonb

    Very cool!  I didn't know that this exam existed.  Thanks for sharing Larry!

  • Larry LarsenLarryLarsen "Lightbulb"

    Checking for you, should be okay though as long as you get it scheduled while it's free.  

  • Larry LarsenLarryLarsen "Lightbulb"
    This beta is scheduled to run until Feb 15. There is a chance it will be extended another month after that, but right now Feb 15 is the cut off for it being free.
  • WilliamWilliam

    Is this open to people in the UK as well ? also do you just use the code when you book?

  • WilliamWilliam

    Is this open to people in the UK as well ? also do you just use the code when you book?

  • James SeymourJames Seymour

    Yes, the code works almost worldwide. When you register for the exam at Prometric there will be an option to use a promotional code.

  • James SeymourJames Seymour

    Yes, the code works almost worldwide. When you register for the exam at Prometric there will be an option to use a promotional code.

  • Steven Kerr LindsaySteven Kerr Lindsay

    I took mine, it was a bit trickier than I expected, now just to wait the 8 weeks until I find out if I pass Smiley

    I would definately recommend anyone to take the online courses and do this exam, its a lot of fun, I picked up a few things I didn't know either Smiley

     

  • Steven Kerr LindsaySteven Kerr Lindsay

    I took mine, it was a bit trickier than I expected, now just to wait the 8 weeks until I find out if I pass Smiley

    I would definately recommend anyone to take the online courses and do this exam, its a lot of fun, I picked up a few things I didn't know either Smiley

     

  • sjrmaysjrmay

    Interesting exam, took it yesterday...just got to wait about 10 weeks now for the results.....

  • sjrmaysjrmay

    Interesting exam, took it yesterday...just got to wait about 10 weeks now for the results.....

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