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 Microsoft Ignite, the technology conference of the year, hits Chicago May 4–8, 2015—and it’ll be packed with information and opportunities to help you advance your career. But it's not all workshops and networking; you can make use of your downtime to boost your credentials and keep your technical skillset competitive with half-price Microsoft certifications.

Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) credentials are an industry standard with worldwide recognition, and registered Ignite attendees receive special pricing of $75 USD to earn, upgrade, or renew their MCP status on-site during the event.

You can preregister for your exam right now. Make sure to enter promo code ignitena at checkout for your special Ignite pricing. You can also register once you arrive at Ignite, but you might be less likely to get your desired time slot.

Here are a few certifications that may be of special interest to Ignite attendees:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012
    This certification qualifies you for a position as a computer network specialist or as a network/computer systems administrator, and it’s the first step on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE).
  • MCSA: SQL Server
    This certification qualifies you for a position as a database developer or database analyst.
  • MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
    This certification validates that you have the skills needed to manage devices in today’s bring-your-own-device (BYOD) enterprise. It qualifies you for a career path that can range from traditional desktop technician to enterprise management of BYOD devices and apps.
  • Microsoft Azure certifications
    Azure is the cloud for modern business. If you’re already experienced with Azure, any of three Microsoft Specialist certifications can expand your skills to meet current and future business needs.

Learn more about certification. We've updated the Skills and Certification Roadmap, so it's easier than ever to plot your career course. Check it out here. It's also available as a Windows 8 desktop app.

There’s plenty more happening at Ignite. Get email updates by subscribing here. And if you haven’t already, register for Ignite here.