MCP Program Certifies 1.6 Million

Microsoft's Learning Group updates MCP numbers on its Web site; new titles are not included in MCP census.

Microsoft's Learning Group has recently updated its census of MCPs around the world on its Web site and the program now boasts 1.6 million people certified worldwide. The list of certifications does not include the new-generation MCP titles.

As of Feb. 21, 2006, the company has issued 272,406 MCSE on Windows 2000 titles, making it the most popular titles; its Windows 2003 counterpart trails that number, at 27.510. Likewise, the MCSA on Windows 2000 title has reached a healthy 153,755 certifications, while its Windows 2003 counterpart comes in at 43,249.

The MCDBA on SQL Server 2000 title ranks third among MCP titles, with 132,574 certifications issued.

Included among those numbers are Microsoft employees. According to Microsoft, employees took 9,500 exams from July 2004 to June 2005, which does include a mix of MCP and Microsoft Business Solutions exams. The company says that based on employee demand, it decided to open a testing center on the Redmond campus, which is operated by Pearson VUE. Since opening, that test center has delivered 1,636 exams, which ranks it third among test centers nationwide, according to Microsoft.

New-generation MCP titles have only recently gone live and are not included in the list; MCT numbers, which were included in the past, are also noticeably missing this time.

The last time Microsoft released numbers publicly was June 2005. At the time, the company certified 1.4 million people.

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Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Thu, Mar 9, 2006 Jim Anonymous

What about those highly touted specializations such as MCSE:Security

Mon, Mar 6, 2006 DST Anonymous

The number of MCSA W2K has decreased!

From older versions of the page:
9/9/2004 113719
2/14/2005 147029
6/14/2005 153755

And now 137873!

Anyone with an idea? Just a typo?

Sat, Mar 4, 2006 Christopher Bell Glossop U.K.

Is this really the number of people that are certified or the number of certs that have been earned? I'm one person but have about seven certs (and no, I'm not talking about exams I've done about 31 of those)!

Fri, Mar 3, 2006 Michael Domingo Irvine, CA

Correction made, Anon.

Larry, can't explain why the date is different, but it probably has to do more with Web process than being absolutely accurate. As for the other certs, I think they've removed them simply because those numbers have been published in years past and those numbers won't change. The total number of people certified takes into account many folks who own older certifications, including titles such as MCSD on VB 6 and those way back to the Windows NT 3.51 days.

Fri, Mar 3, 2006 LarryWestMCSD Louisville

The website says "Content updated: March 6, 2006", but today is only the third of March! I plan on taking two exams on the sixth -- does Microsoft already know whether or not I am going to pass them?
What about "old" certifications such as MCSD on Visual Studio 6, which are still valid but no longer offered -- why weren't these figures included? Thus, the number of "Microsoft Certified" people are higher than the numbers listed.

Fri, Mar 3, 2006 Adrian Trif Romania

The list is not really updated. The figures are the same as were on June 14 2005 on the previous list update. There should be at least one MCSA 2000 (me) in the list ;-).

Thu, Mar 2, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

Is Windows 2003 not that popular?

Thu, Mar 2, 2006 Anonymous Anonymous

A Correction to the Article:
The last time Microsoft released numbers publicly was June 14, 2005.
Wouldn't be nice to release the numbers of MCPs that each Country have?

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