The Microsoft Certified Architect Program validates top industry experts in Information Technology Architecture. I am very proud to be able to announce that I was one of the founding "plankholder" architects accepted as a Microsoft Certified Architect.
The Program is made up of Certified Architect professionals who hold the Microsoft Certified Architect credential. They have ten or more years of experience in Information Technology with at least three years of experience as practicing architects. They also have strong technical and leadership skills which help to form a distinguished community.
Unlike other Information Technology certifications, the Certified Architect professionals in the Microsoft Certified Architect Program were granted the Microsoft Certified Architect credential by recommendation of other previously certified industry architects. As candidates, the professionals were required to present their knowledge to the Review Board and then they were required to gain the approval of previously certified architects who examined their progress as they moved through the rigorous Review Board process.
The certification that they hold serves as a target for other practicing solutions architects and infrastructure architects who have successfully applied frameworks and methodologies to create an architecture that serves the whole IT life cycle. These architects during candidacy can demonstrate how they've used multiple technologies to solve business problems and provide business metrics and measurements to describe the success or failure of the projects that they drive during the process.