Microsoft announced this week that starting in summer 2011, IT engineers and consultants all over the world will have an opportunity to earn MCM status on Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 by passing the required exams at one of many international testing centers. This makes the on-site training at Redmond optional. See the following link for details:

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

If you you want to learn even more about the MCM, you can read all about it here here. If you’re thinking about applying for the MCM program take a look at Neil Johnson’s MCM survivors guide and Brent Ozar’s blog series on the SQL MCM. Neil goes into great detail about the Exchange MCM, and Brent’s coverage of the SQL MCM is an interesting read (even for us Exchange guys). You’ll also want to keep an eye on The Master Blog for news and updates. Good luck!

Microsoft has recently created a great video highlighting the training experience you can expect when attending the Exchange MCM program. Watch the clip below to hear from MCM instructors and attendees as they discuss the program: