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MCP

Your first step into Microsoft's certification program.

Obtaining a Microsoft Certified Professional certification is the first step into proving your skills with Microsoft products (for example, Windows 2000) or job functions (such as implementing and administering a network infrastructure). To obtain the MCP, you just pass any currently available exam.

The benefits of obtaining the MCP are numerous:

  • Industry recognition of your expertise.
  • The right to use the MCP logo on business collateral.
  • A certificate, transcript, wallet card, and lapel pin to identify you as an MCP to colleagues and clients.
  • Access to technical and product information direct from Microsoft through a private MCP Web site.
  • Discounts on products and services (such as Microsoft Developer Network or a TechNet CD subscription).
  • Invitations to Microsoft and MCP Magazine TechMentor, technical training sessions, and special events.
  • You can join the MCP Database, a peer-to-peer database that lets you locate others in your geographic area with similar interests.

To become an MCP, you need to pass any exam that Microsoft currently offers. The exams are listed in the table below. You must take the exam in person at Prometric and VUE testing centers.

Microsoft's official MCP requirements guide is at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/.

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