I was amazed at the results when I just did a search of SQLBlog, and realized no one had really blogged here about the changes to the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) program. Greg Low described the MCM program when he decided to pursue the MCM at the end of 2008, but two years later, at the end of 2010, Microsoft completely changed the requirements.
Microsoft published the new requirements here. The three week intensive course is no longer required, but that doesn't mean you can just buy an exam cram guide. Experience with SQL Server is absolutely required to pass the rigorous knowledge exam and hands-on lab exam. When you see all the recommended preparation, you might wish there was still a way to get all the preparation done in only three weeks. The Microsoft site lists many resources you can use to prepare, including books, web videos and instructor led training. My SQL Server 2008 Internals book is at the top of the book list, and my 5-day SQL Server Internals and Tuning course is listed as a suggested training resource.
My next delivery is in about 6 weeks, to be taught in Boston, just before the Boston Marathon! The class is organized by SQLBlog's own Adam Machanic and his Boston SQL Training, and you can get more information and register here.
See you in class!