Clarification of Answer by
15 Nov 2006 08:51 PST
Allow me to clarify my answer a bit further. Looking back over it, it
is a bit unclear what I actually meant.
By "does not qualify as a degree substitute" I mean directly 1 for 1.
You can't say, when asked if you have a degree, "almost, I have an
MCSE"; your answer would have to be NO, you don't have a degree.
The only computing exams that the UK recognises as academic are these
They are exams provided by the BCS.
MCSE and other vendor exams are industry qualifications, NOT academic
The only degree equivalent qualification that is IT-based is this one
which is the level 6 course and is quite hard.
I would speak to the BCS, ask how they view the strength of the MCSA
you have and if it would qualify you for the immigration program. I
would seriously advise you upgrade to the MCSE as this is a stronger
qualification in the eyes of everyone in IT and would be a stronger
candidate for degree qualification under the immigrant program. You
could certainly ask the BCS about that as well.
In addition, when I said that "it does not seem to be seen in the eyes
of the HSMP program as the equivalent of a degree", I did not mean to
rule out the possibility entirely and I'm sorry that that's a bit
misleading. What I meant to say was what I outlined above-- it is not
an academic degree and would not be seen as so, but it is a highly
respected qualification and the British Computer Society will
certainly be able to inform you whether it would help you qualify as
far as immigration goes.