There has been a fair amount of talk about the Microsoft Certified Masters (MCM) SharePoint certification.  When I first heard about it I was anxious to find out as much as I could about it to see if it was something I could start working for.  Having both the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: Configuration and Application Development certifications I’m always looking to increase my SharePoint expertise as well as be the best SharePoint consultant I can.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the real world experience to even qualify, as I started my consulting career when SharePoint 2007 entered Beta 1.  I also feel like I would have to increase my development knowledge to be able to pass.  If you want to see all the requirements to even be able to apply you can view them here.

The other day Russ Houberg posted about his experience starting to work through the beta of the MCM SharePoint.  It is a very informative post and gives some insight into how tough the certification really is.  After reading this post I see I have even more work to do if I ever want to come close to getting a Master’s certification.  I think it’s great that Microsoft has come out with this program to really set apart the top SharePoint consultants in the business.  Hopefully one day I can be among them.