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MCP Program Hits 1.5 Million Participants

Latest numbers show MCSE 2003 at 10,013; MCDST at 1,280.

Last week Microsoft released the latest numbers for its Microsoft Certified Professional program, stating that the program has now bypassed the 1.5 million mark in total participants.

The total number of certifications granted as of July is 2,215,783, up from 2,191,585 in May 2004.

As of July the top title is still the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) with 958,242 achievers worldwide. (Note: This number does not include MCPs who hold other titles.) Second is the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) NT title with 394,981.

As for newer versions of the MCSE, so far there are 251,284 MCSEs on Windows 2000 and 10,013 on Windows Server 2003. These are up from 246,139 and 6,691 in May, respectively.

The mid-level Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) 2003 is now at 18,998, up from 13,639 in May. MCSA 2000 has reached 111,697 worldwide, up from 106,541.

Microsoft's Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) title has grown to 125,080. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) title is at 45,938.

As for new titles, the Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) is now at 1,280 holders worldwide, up from 858 in May. The new MCSE: Messaging and MCSE: Security specialties are at 3,459 and 3,100, respectively.

To view the entire July count on Microsoft's site, go here.

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Becky Nagel is the vice president of Web & Digital Strategy for 1105's Converge360 Group, where she oversees the front-end Web team and deals with all aspects of digital strategy. She also serves as executive editor of the group's media Web sites, and you'll even find her byline on PureAI.com, the group's newest site for enterprise developers working with AI. She recently gave a talk at a leading technical publishers conference about how changes in Web technology may impact publishers' bottom lines. Follow her on twitter @beckynagel.

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