MCSA Sees Significant Growth in First Year

The past year saw the introduction of two new Microsoft certifications, and one grew by leaps and bounds in its first 12 months.

The past year saw the introduction of two new Microsoft certifications, and one grew by leaps and bounds in its first 12 months.

The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) went live Jan. 22, 2002; and within the first five months, about 22,000 people had attained the title, making it Microsoft’s fastest-growing credential ever, according to the company. That growth continued for the entire year, and as of the beginning of 2003, there were 47,634 title-holders. According to the monthly figures published in MCP Magazine, about 4,000 people earned the credential each month.

The other new title was Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), which was released in September. As is typical with Microsoft’s developer-related certifications, it was considerably less popular, with 1,306 individuals having obtained the credential in the first three months of availability.

Both certifications require passing fewer tests than their more-difficult-to-achieve counterparts, the MCSE and MCSD. Microsoft says both are aimed more toward those who use the technologies on a day-in, day-out basis, rather than the design and implementation of systems. Both are also to be considered by some mere stepping-stones on the way to the more prestigious titles, but Microsoft disputes that notion, saying they were introduced to more closely align with actual job functions.

For the year 2002, 357,150 Microsoft credentials were earned. They include the following (the total number of certifications issued for each title is listed on the home page):
Microsoft credentials issued.

Certification numbers for 2002 are up over the previous year, surprising given the downturn in IT spending and hiring. Compared to 2001, about 36 percent more certifications were earned, perhaps due to job-seekers looking for a competitive edge in the marketplace.

In 2001, 142,028 MCP credentials were earned; 63,815 MCSEs; 15,493 MCSDs; and 37,917 MCDBAs. Those are the only directly applicable certifications, as designations like MCP+Internet and MCP+Site Building weren’t available in 2002.

About the Author

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

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Reader Comments:

Fri, Dec 16, 2005 Thuso Botswana

hi Guys.
I'm very happy that i hav completed my

I HAVE THE FOLLOWING different certifications:server+,sercurity+,network+ and I-net+.
Study hard is not a joke guys.

Mon, Mar 10, 2003 Microsoft Anonymous

You welcome Johnny!

Sat, Feb 1, 2003 Elvis Idumijie Nigeria

As for me, I prefer the MCSA certification to MCSE.
Besides, I also just obtained my CCNA to add to the MCSA and with one more MS exam I should have the MCDBA certification. Breaking down job functions which is one of the reasons adduced by MS for the MCSA is a welcome development.

Fri, Jan 31, 2003 one ppl Anonymous

even how many degrees or certs you hv got, experience still the 1st pority in computer worls. Hands on experience is very important.
I think the value of MC$E is less than MC$A because the no. of MC$S is much more than MC$A. More practical questions, and frequent changes of the Qs in MCP exam is the only way to retain the real value of M$ cert. Less people get it, more difficult to get it are the only way to reflect its value

Tue, Jan 28, 2003 Anonymous KY

I think anyone who thinks paper makes the person should have their head examined. Employers want 3 things education BSIT, Certs, Experience. You need to have at least 2 of the 3 for a good job. You pick which 2. I have BSIT, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, CCNA, and 7 years experience.

Tue, Jan 28, 2003 Anonymous louisville

Of course there are tons of MCSAs. I took 70-218 and it was such a joke I'd surprised if I missed a single question. All an MCSE has to do is pay $100 and boom another MCSA. If you want it to count for something make 70-218 a real test not some joke.

Mon, Jan 27, 2003 JTI Tampa

To anonymous on 1/23, the only way to compete with your MCSE, MCSA and MCDBA is with my A+, Net+, MCSA, CCNA, CISSP, CCA, BOMT, and MBA +10 years of solid expierience.

People like us make the mold!

Sat, Jan 25, 2003 John Anonymous

I have been working in IT for 14 years, learning mostly from the school of hard knocks. Experience is great but management is leaning more and more towards certifications. That's the first reason to get certified - keep the boss happy. The second reason is to stack the odds in your favor. The bad economy may pay you a personal visit -- if it does, do you want your resume to be 'blank' under certifications and licenses held? The more bells and whistles you can offer, the better. If you have the opportunity to study and pass a test, do it! Leading to the third reason to get certified - you'll feel better about yourself!
So dont kill the guy because he suggested that you get the MCSE and also tech girl what else do you have apart from your people skills. Does that mean you are a " friend" of the boss.

Sat, Jan 25, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

An earlier quote "If I were you I would get the MCSE, how are you you going to compete with guys like me with a CS Degree, MCSE, MCSA and MCDBA" Hmm, I see that I have managed to attract some attention here with my comments., however it was done in good faith and in response to "techgirl" I do have excellent people skills just ask my colleagues here at work. The reason why I made the quote in the first place is within the context of what is happening in the market place today where employers are setting the bar so high that even for basic IT positions they are demanding various certification and experience, some of which is not even relevant to the job advertised. This is just done to intially weed out people. So please let me restate I am not bragging my performance speaks for itself I was just suggesting in an implicit way that getting the MCSE with the MCSA won't do any harm. Enough said

Fri, Jan 24, 2003 Reply_to_anonymous Cyberspace

An earlier quote:
"If I were you I would get the MCSE, how are you you going to compete with guys like me with a CS Degree, MCSE, MCSA and MCDBA "

If he only has an MCSA, and assuming he also has experience relative to that - and can compete with you while you're holding all those certs and degrees - he's doing something right, and you're definitely doing something wrong. You should be after completely different jobs.

Fri, Jan 24, 2003 < < Z Z > > Anonymous

Bring your Degrees, MCSAs or better, Brain, Heart, and Courage and join the
Foreign Service. The web site to begin

Fri, Jan 24, 2003 Dalton_44 Charlotte, N.C. USA EARTH

I received my MCSA shortly brefore Thanksgiving, and have worked with computers for years, but since the layoff 9/19/01 I have had no work. MCSA cert has not helped me one bit. Would relocate to almost anywhere to work.

Fri, Jan 24, 2003 Johnny Cyprus

The introduction of the MCSA was a very good move by Microsoft.
I have the MCSA and dont think i need the MCSE i am a I.T Manager thanks to my MCSA. Thank you Microsoft

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Miggity Sarajevo

I upgrade from 4.0 to 2000 (partly) with the 240, and I don't feel burned. I think it definitly helps to have both, and it shows that way on your transcript. Plus, I only needed to take one easy test for the MCSA, and was 2 tests away from my SQL 2000 MCDBA.

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Rob Rockville, MD

The introduction of the MCSA was kind of weird for me because I had just finished my MCSE on 2000 and thought that MCSA would basically be regarded as MCSE Lite but many employers in my region list MCSA as a requirement and are not sure what to think when they see my MCSE, I tell them that it's "higher" but still, they have been told to seek candidates with MCSA. Now, to me, that's frustrating because I went all the way through 7 exams and now I have to explain it? Hummmm. Well, it shows that MS did a good job of instructing candidates what to pursue and telling employers what to look for. I do feel that the whole MCSA undremined my MCSE but I am not nearly as burned as the MCSE 4.0s who took the 240 then found out that the MCSE the held would stay intact with just the 4.0. Ouch!

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

good one techgirl. I agree people who brag about titles are just that Paper without a personality.

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 techgrrl Anonymous

Yeah, and while you are having fun with your pretty little alphabetic kinda letters, don't forget the people skills!!!

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Leon Anonymous

Hey guys that is enough where is plenty money in this corrupt world.

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

" If I were you I would get the MCSE, how are you you going to compete with guys like me with a CS Degree, MCSE, MCSA and MCDBA"
Easy .... years of actual on the job experience. With my CS degree, MCSA, and 8+ years of experience ... I'll compete quite well with your MCSE and MCDBA

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Rashed Pakistan The Great

MCSA is Simpaly Great

Thu, Jan 23, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

If I were you I would get the MCSE, how are you you going to compete with guys like me with a CS Degree, MCSE, MCSA and MCDBA

Wed, Jan 22, 2003 Anonymous Anonymous

Introducing the MCSA was a very good move by Microsoft. It does break down job functions better. I personally was not at all interested in achieving the MCSE so the MCSA was perfect for me.

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