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The Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) program provides the best method to prove your command of current Microsoft products and technologies. The exams and corresponding certifications are developed to validate your mastery of critical competencies as you design and develop, or implement and support, solutions with Microsoft products and technologies. Computer professionals who become Microsoft certified are recognized as experts and are sought after throughout the industry. Certification brings a variety of benefits to the individual and to employers and organizations.
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For a full list of MCP benefits, go to http://www.microsoft.com/learning/itpro/default.asp.
The Microsoft Certified Professional program offers multiple certifications, based on specific areas of technical expertise:
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of at least one Microsoft Windows operating system or architecturally significant platform. An MCP is qualified to implement a Microsoft product or technology as part of a business solution for an organization.
Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD). Professional developers qualified to analyze, design, and develop enterprise business solutions with Microsoft development tools and technologies including the Microsoft .NET Framework.
Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD). Professional developers qualified to develop, test, deploy, and maintain powerful applications using Microsoft tools and technologies including Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and XML Web services.
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). Qualified to effectively analyze the business requirements, and design and implement the infrastructure for business solutions based on the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). Individuals with the skills to manage and troubleshoot existing network and system environments based on the Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Windows Server 2003 operating systems.
Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA). Individuals who design, implement, and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases.
Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Instructionally and technically qualified to deliver Microsoft Official Curriculum through a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center (CTEC).
The certification requirements differ for each certification and are specific to the products and job functions addressed by the certification.
To become a Microsoft Certified Professional, you must pass rigorous certification exams that provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise. These exams are designed to test your expertise and your ability to perform a role or task with a product. They are developed with the input of professionals in the industry. Questions in the exams reflect how Microsoft products are used in actual organizations, and thus have 'real-world' relevance.
Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs) are required to pass one current Microsoft certification exam. Candidates can pass additional Microsoft certification exams to further qualify their skills with other Microsoft products, development tools, or desktop applications.
Microsoft Certified Solution Developers (MCSDs) are required to pass three core exams and one elective exam. (MCSD for Microsoft .NET candidates are required to pass four core exams and one elective.)
Microsoft Certified Application Developers (MCADs) are required to pass two core exams and one elective exam in an area of specialization.
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSEs) are required to pass five core exams and two elective exams.
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSAs) are required to pass three core exams and one elective exam that provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise.
Microsoft Certified Database Administrators (MCDBAs) are required to pass three core exams and one elective exam that provide a valid and reliable measure of technical proficiency and expertise.
Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are required to meet the instructional and technical requirements specific to each Microsoft Official Curriculum course they are certified to deliver. The MCT program requires ongoing training to meet the requirements for the annual renewal of certification. For more information about becoming a Microsoft Certified Trainer, visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mct/default.asp/ or contact a regional service center near you.
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