I currently work under a non-technical PM and my firm's tech lead who are overseeing my transition from junior to 'regular' software developer over the coming months.
In my most recent scheduled performance review they outlined their plan to push me through some Microsoft certifications and their expected timescale. This timescale is designed so that I will obtain the certification just in time for the firm to retain a certain accreditation based on the number of qualified engineers. The firm provides the funding for the exam and also reasonable office time I can dedicate to studying.
The issue I have is that not only is that timeframe very short (2-3 months), but also that the exam is apparently infamous for lacking up to date reference materials from Microsoft beyond a link to a generic MSDN index. Furthermore - on the exam description it suggests that the exam is relevant for those who have: "3 - 5 years of commercial experience using [technology]". I estimate I have less than 6 months.
The non-technical PM doesn't have the knowledge to appreciate the weight of the material in the test, and conversely, the tech lead finds it as easy as breathing. How can I appropriately convey my scepticism at my ability to pass this exam given the time frame and the resources available to me?
To clarify - when I joined the company, I made no claim to previously having much experience in the technology alluded to above.