1 Nov 2012


Becoming a Microsoft Quality Enablement Specialist

Earlier this week I had the opportunity to sit for Microsoft exam 70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012. Having successfully passed this exam (my 56th MS exam), I am now officially a Microsoft Quality Enablement Specialist. Here’s a copy of the certificate.


From the Microsoft Learning website, they state the audience for this exam is software testers. Typically those people that manage the process of running tests, creating and monitoring bugs, and managing and mitigating issues that a software organization has in controlling test coverage for project requirements. In short, basically it focuses on Microsoft Test Manager 2012.

What’s the best way to prepare for the exam?

Option A: Self-study

  • The Microsoft Learning website has information about the exam including the Skills Being Measured. This is a checklist of the topics you need to know well before attempting the exam. If you learn best by researching yourself and using the tool, this is your best option.

Option B: Classroom based training (including remote online)

  • How I personally prepared for the exam was to update a course I had written for TFS 2010 to the latest 2012 release. While you could always write your own training course to help you get ready for the exam, it might be a lot quicker for you to attend one of my courses. (View course outline | Download PDF)
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