MCDST Title Hits Milestone

Microsoft sees desktop tech cert catching on, with the company issuing more than 8,000 Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician titles as of June this year.

Microsoft has seen a significant trend upward in the number of desktop technician titles it has issued in the first six monthsof the year. The company has issued more than 8,000 Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician titles as of June this year, said Al Valvano, Lead Product Manager with Microsoft Learning.

"[MCDST] is the fastest growing credential we have right now," said Valvano. Microsoft first introduced the certification back in February 2004.

Valvano said the credential has been producing some "crazy, crazy numbers," but attributes growth to what's typical for any program in its early stages as IT hirers begin to catch on. "In some ways, it's protypical of a credential, like Visual Studio or SQL Server," he says, "It's a natural alignment of a credential to a job role: It's very clearly defined, the exam path is short, and the objective domain that it's testing on is extremely focused and narrow."

As of late June, when Valvano was interviewed at Tech Ed, the program had topped 8,154. That number is more current than what appears on the "Numbers of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide" page on Microsoft's MCP site, which shows data as of June 14, 2005.

To see the chart of certifications issued per title, go to

Side note: Valvano says that the Microsoft Learning group also experienced its biggest month ever for issuing tests, in May. He believes one contributing factor is "the conclusion of the second-shot promotions at the end of May." Valvano says that the group decided to extend the second-shot offer to August 31, based on popularity of that program. For more on the MCP exam retake, go to

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Reader Comments:

Thu, Jun 7, 2007 Jim Colorado

I believe that the MCDST is a required certification to work as an IS technician. I recieved mine just this year nas it was tough but worht it. I Have been in the field for over five years and am now making the kind of money I was hoping to make thanks to this cert and experience over the years. Good luck and don't give up.

Sun, Dec 3, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

hello everyone i was just wondering if anyone thought that A+ and mcdst would be a good combo for trying to get a decent job and anyone know which exam is harder the A+ or the mcdst?

Mon, Apr 24, 2006 Nino Paris

Bonjour les gars ! I've just passed my MCDST and I'm bloody proud ! It was very hard, but let's be honest here : without the testking I wouldn't be able to do it. Wan, and I'm off to the MCSA and then back to London to work !

Wed, Aug 31, 2005 Gdiddy new jersey

hi was the mcdst test hard i just passed the xp 70-271 on it and i wanted to know if the 70-272 was just as hard. please get back to me do i really need to purchase additional books.

Mon, Aug 8, 2005 Jeremiah I. Clark Colorado Springs, CO

Would you please tell me how much industry experience the MCDST certification is equivalent to. I know the A+ certification counts as six months experience but I don’t know about the MCDST.


Sat, Aug 6, 2005 gunderstone Anonymous

Its not a gimmick if you've studied the material and are working on getting the on the job experience you need to support what you've learned - anyone that says anything else is either looking back to the days when paper MCxxs ruled or has been passed over by someone that applied themselves (certification-wise or not). Keep studying; keep learning the next new thing and you'll get as far as you want to go.

Fri, Aug 5, 2005 Ben Raleigh NC

Why is it a gimmick?

Thu, Aug 4, 2005 Anonymous Anonymous

another microsoft gimmicks

Thu, Aug 4, 2005 Jeremiah I. Clark Colorado Springs, CO

I'm new to the IT field and proud to say that I completed my MCDST Certification on 7-8-05!! I am also A+ Certified and will be taking my Security+ test really soon. The MCDST was the tough for me but well worth it!

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