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Has anyone here tried to take this certification (or the 2007 one)?

http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/master-sharepoint.aspx

I understand that the competency required to take this is very high.

But does anyone have a structured plan of how to prepare for this certification?

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In answer to your first question, yes, and it is very tough. On the two SharePoint 2010 rotations completed at the time of writing, as far as I know, nobody passed on the first time through.

I have written a short article about my experiences at http://www.spdoctor.net/Pages/article.aspx?name=SharePoint-2010-MCM. Many others have also blogged about it. But you will not find much detail in any of the blogs because we are all under NDA.

First you need to get through the interview, which is a challenge in itself, in order to get on the programme. And you will need the four SharePoint 2010 MCP exams.

The preparation is basically to work through the comprehensive pre-reading list, which is available at http://www.dynamicevents.com/upload/MCM-MCA/MCM/SharePoint/MCMSharePointPre-Reads.pdf. This contains scores of links to articles which themselves usually expand into numerous sub-pages. It took me weeks to work through all this. If you can get some practice setting up the more complex SharePoint environments this will help you prepare for the hands-on labs.

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[clickable link] SharePoint 2010 MCM: A brief account of my experience on the programme - bit.ly/fRJG5L –  Marek Grzenkowicz Jan 8 '11 at 14:33
    
Thanks Marek. I've edited the article to use your link. –  SPDoctor Jan 8 '11 at 22:34
    
Great insights into the program itself, I would be preparing for it soon. –  Falak Mahmood Jun 30 '12 at 23:02
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From what I know, read the TechNet documentation on SharePoint 2010 in it's entirety in the first instance, that's required reading (according to a Tweet a while ago from @harbars).

In other (slightly related) news: MS have substantially reduced the requirements to do the MCM SQL Server, making it far more accessible. There's been no official word yet on MS doing the same on other MCM areas, but we can only hope this will extend to SharePoint at some point in the future.

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I agree that the changes to the SQL Server MCM might suggest something similar will happen to SP2010 MCM. I wouldn't rely on this though - these are different programs with different managers. Also, I don't think they have lowered the bar for SQL MCM, but they have removed the need to block out 3 weeks in Redmond which I think was a deal-breaker for a lot of people. –  SPDoctor Jan 8 '11 at 13:13
    
I also remember something about them removing a five figure sum for something, but that might've been the trip to Redmond. –  James Love Jan 8 '11 at 13:29
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