Just How Low Are You?

<i>Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine</i> wants to find the earliest-certified MCP on the planet!

Is it you? If you think it might be, send us an e-mail, along with your MCP ID number. We'll honor that person in an upcoming issue marking the 10th anniversary of Microsoft's certification program.

Send your ID number and certification date (available on your MCP transcript) to; put "Lowest MCP Number" on the Subject line of your message.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Visual Studio Magazine.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Oct 16, 2010 Valerie California

I am MCAS (MOS- 7 certificates, master) at age 13, MCTS at 13, MOS-expert 14, MCT 14, CTT+ 14.

Thu, Jun 12, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous

I am the youngest MCP certified in India in the age of 14 years.

Sun, Feb 1, 2004 William F. Slater, III Chicago

My MCP No. is 3585. I was certfied in NT 3.1 about seven weeks before it was released. Visit to see my certifications page. MCSE 2000: Security, MCSA 2000: Security.

Wed, Jun 25, 2003 mohammed abdul asim india

i want to check my transcript mcp id pl send my transcript my mcp id is 2109949

Sun, May 26, 2002 Omayr Fahmy LONDON

well i dunno bout da oldest, but i once did hold da record of da youngest MCP in the world, and now i am the Youngest MCT at 16, im also the Youngest Cisco CSE. but i dunno bout this it feild of work, it changes 2 quickly

Wed, Feb 13, 2002 Fred W Essex, UK

Never thought of myself as one of the 'Old boys'! Scary thought! Did my first MCP in 1993, #8143

Sun, Feb 10, 2002 Dirk Herman Temse - Belgium


I did my fist test on June 5, 1992 and my number is 1236.

Mon, Feb 4, 2002 Joe Ga

MCP, MCSE, 42122 - 1995
CNE, MCNE, 6209772- 1993

Sun, Feb 3, 2002 Dragan Hanc South Africa

#1642249...I don't stand a chance

Sat, Feb 2, 2002 Brian Orlando

MCP NT 3.51

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 Melissa A Fowler Los Angeles

Certainly not the lowest, but my friends gave me a hard time when they saw my NT 3.1 certs. #12656, 3/94.

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 Kathy Ft. Lauderdale

MCP 2290 on June 7, 1993
Win 3x, NT 3x, NT4, W2K

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 David Blair Tampa, FL

Aug 95 218159

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 Peter UK

11105 - DOS 6.2 and Windows 3.1
March 4th 1994
MCT February 1994
Never did another one!!

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 Lutfi Zurich - Switzerland

My chronography:
18 years old: MCP
19 years old: MCP+I, MCSE, MCT (NT4)
20 years old: MCSE (W2k)

hmmm, what do you mean? ;-)

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 Alex D Ohio

Surely, the "lowest of the low" would be MCSE #1? For what it's worth I am ID No 102 (3 digits!!! but not the lowest)

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 Ryon London

1995 Windows 3.11 id 202160

Mon, Jan 28, 2002 Curtis Anonymous

How about how high? I've been in the computer repair field since 1996 but never got certified #2338276

Mon, Jan 28, 2002 matt denver

Who cares? their probably dead by now (brain dead)

Thu, Jan 24, 2002 un-m-ploy-d the poorhouse

I am an unemployed MCSE. Can't get much lower than that can you. Like "Certified?" implied on the 240 post page forget this certified minutia and go for the CS degree. Happy certs see you on the flip side with a BS and maybe an MS. Ciao.

Tue, Jan 22, 2002 Graham Australia

Does anyone remember Windows 286 and Windows 386? MCP# 1115558. I started my certification late in 1998. Got MCP, MCP+I, MCSE+I, A+, Network+, iNet+, working towards MCSE W2K.

Mon, Jan 21, 2002 J Baltimore


Sat, Jan 19, 2002 William Las Vegas

313903 MCSE 3.51 NT4 almost 2000

Fri, Jan 18, 2002 Percy Yuba City

362238. There are many lower but how many are current?

Fri, Jan 18, 2002 john switzerland

1491584 Windows NT™ 3.1 Exam Mar 28, 1994, been isued a new MCP number but thats the date. Also seems like yesterday!!

Thu, Jan 17, 2002 Tom Kinser Atlanta

MCT #38307 is my second number. My first MCP number did not have my name spelled correctly and I was given a new one in 1997. I didn't keep up with the first one. But it was only 4 digits.

Thu, Jan 17, 2002 Frank Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Thu, Jan 17, 2002 Simon White New Zealand

9063 1994 Windows 3.10. They had just dropped the dreaded DOS/hardware zam unfortunately. The rumour at the time was that the gold service co's found it too hard to get enuf of their techs through it. Quaint eh? We had heard of planned obsolescence of manufactured goods but nobody had thought of forced obsolescence of software. No-one except for one evil genius, BWUAHAHAHAHAHA....

Thu, Jan 17, 2002 Rob Schripsema Lynden, WA

Took the VB3 beta exam in Jan., 1994, before there was any VB certification of any kind. Got MCP # 10634. Kept meaning to finish my MCSD -- finally did so last year! I guess when you're busy working your tail off, there's little need to get the paperwork...

Tue, Jan 15, 2002 Jon Saigon

Willie Loh: Like it! A play on words huh? (ie 'really low'...)

Tue, Jan 15, 2002 Adrian Argentina

I think Im the last one!!...:)
But Im very pride of my certification!

Tue, Jan 15, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

So I guess 2501087, certified since 2001 is not the first, and by no means the last.

Tue, Jan 15, 2002 concerned net

I thought we where not suppost to publicly post mcp ID#'s

Mon, Jan 14, 2002 Ahmed Ezz Egypt/ Cairo

what about an MCPID 1788321 this was feb 2000 and i was just 19 ;)
and also CCNA,CIW,I-Net+
u think am still young

Mon, Jan 14, 2002 Neville UK

can't really say I was one of the first, but when I became MCP certified in 1996 at the age of 15, I was probably one of the youngest. MCP ID 296548. Well since then I've gone on to complete MCSE+I on the NT 4 track, MCSE on 2000, plus a few Cisco certs (CCDA, CCNA, etc.)

Mon, Jan 14, 2002 Nevin Arizona

I am 3138 and have seen much lower, but you have to go back to LanMan specialits, and do not forget that you could have been Excel or Word certified a long time ago and MS used the same ID system...

Sun, Jan 13, 2002 Willie Loh Singapore

MCP # 1415817

Sun, Jan 13, 2002 Timothy New Orleans

#1276 in July 1992 and took Windows 3.1 class in Dallas at Microsoft University and thirty exams later here I am still testing. MCSE...

Sat, Jan 12, 2002 EdMCT Chicagoland

To Dave from Penn.
Yes, I have all the pins including the original and I also have my original ID card with the stickers on the back for each cert.

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Gene Harrisburg, NC, USA

Became certified in NT 3.1 in October 1993. My MCP number is 6854.

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 brian Dallas

I know i am no where being low i just had to reply to Dave from Pennsylvannia I have all my mcp pins Mcp, mcp+I, and mcse. Mcp#1874094

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Dave Pennsylvania

MCP #45xxx. Have MCSE in all 3 OSs, 3.51, 4 and 2000. Passed SNA 4 beta.
Anyone still have their MCPS pins ???

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Johann Paris, FR

Like Val from Alaska, how about the most ? I asked MS, but they told me they don't know... MCP#1750082, MCSE+I(nt4+w2k),MCDBA,MCSD,MCP+SB,MCP+I, total : 33 exams.

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 EdMCT Chicagoland

I guess I am JohnO's workmate, but he was off a little in my ID number which is 824. I'm MCP, MCP+I, MCSE, MCT and a few more (I think 27 cet exams passed) including Win2K Charter MCSE

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Adam Washington, DC

Emailed before I saw RobinZ has me beat. I'm 1750. Back then M$ trained/tested for free and gave out shirts if you passed!

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Val Alaska

If not the LOWEST, how about the MOST?
MCP# 455718

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Kelly Key - MCT, MCSD Dallas Area

Is there anyone out there that remembers when we took our test with a hard copy instead of online? My MCP number is 12702 from 1995, however the Certificate on my wall says August 1993 and is signed by Bill Gates.

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

Well, since I was still a child in college (literally) when most people were starting out here and I didn't certify until after school, I know there's quite a few lower than me, but does it count for anything that I was only 18 when I first certified? (19 for my MCSE in NT4, 20 for my MCT and an early acheiver for Windows 2000? MCP#444441

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Jorge Cincinnati

... and in the beginning there was DOS, and also a shell called Windows 3.x. MCP# 246781. MCP MCP+I MCSE

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

I guess John0 from chicago could say he has 'friends in low places'!

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 David Arkansas

I'm not the lowest but I think I was the first in Arkansas #30475 (Apr 95). I've had lots of fun and experience with my certs and have encouraged many others to get theirs. I have MCP MCP+I MCSE MCSD - ain't that enough?

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Bhargav Shukla New York

Don't know how low I'm unless Microsoft reveals. I took the 70-240 the day it was released.... and i had passed other required exams as BETA... so i was MCSE 2000 on first day the MCSE 2000 was released.

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 john0 chicago

I'm in the millions however I have the pleasure of currently working with MCP # 834 yes thats right 3 digits!!!

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Anonymous UK

My MCP card says certified since 1995 but I'm sure nowhere near the first. However, occurred to me wouldn't it be nice if MS had a loyalty reward system for each year certified, or each exam passed? Like air-miles equivalent for a well-known credit card!

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 David South Bend

Feels like yesterday. MCP in 3.51
MCP ID #239095

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 Gregory S. Boyle St. Louis

Hummm... How low Can You Go?

MCP 3.5 - MCSE 4.0 & W2k

MCP ID # 451670

Thu, Jan 10, 2002 Jon Saigon

Is the implication here that some MCP's might have gone to other planets and not kept their profiles updated?

Surely you have this info...?

For what it's worth, my MSP ID is 1418586

Thu, Jan 10, 2002 RobinZ Edmonton, Canada

First in Alberta, #1746

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