Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Questions (97)

Simon Harris


92 Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Education and Skills the reason an information technology course (details supplied) is no longer offered at third level through FÁS programmes; if his attention has been drawn to the importance of this course and the benefits that accrue to students who participate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4463/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Education and Skills)

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): I understand that a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) course is being piloted by three FÁS Centres with proposed commencement at end of January (Cork)/March (Galway)/April (Tallaght).

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): To be certified on newer technologies, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008, or Microsoft SQL Server 2008, I am advised that the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) is the appropriate certification to pursue.

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) course offers more up to date certification than the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Included below is information, taken from the Microsoft Certification Website. The Certification being offered on the MCITP course is:

I. Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator — Exam 70-646.

II. Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring — Exam 70-640.

III.Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuring — Exam 70-642.