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Optimise your skills with the broad range of Microsoft Certification options
Microsoft certifications represent a rich and varied spectrum of job roles and responsibilities. Earning a specific credential provides objective validation of the ability to successfully perform critical IT functions.
 
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Special offers
Special offers
With these limited-time offers, now is an ideal time to achieve a Microsoft Certification.
 
  Types of certification  
 
Microsoft Certified Architect Program
Microsoft Certified Architect Program targets practicing solutions architects and infrastructure architects who successfully apply frameworks and methodologies to create an architecture through the entire IT lifecycle. This program is currently in beta, and is expected to open to the architect community in early 2006.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Desktop Technician
If you're just starting out, Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification can help kick-start your IT career. You'll gain the skills to successfully troubleshoot desktop environments running on Microsoft Windows.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
If you're looking to get ahead, Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification will give you the skills to successfully manage and troubleshoot system environments running on Microsoft Windows.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Professional
For experienced professionals, a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) credential will give you the skills to successfully implement a Microsoft product or technology as part of an overall business solution.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
Earn Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification and prove your expertise in designing and implementing the infrastructure for business solutions based on the Microsoft Windows 2000 platform and Microsoft Windows Server System.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Database Administrators
Demonstrate that you have the skills necessary to lead organisations in the successful design, implementation, and administration of Microsoft SQL Server databases with the Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) credential.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Applications Developer
Do something new for your career and put your .NET skills to the test! The Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) credential provides industry recognition for professional developers who build powerful applications using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and Web services.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer
The Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for Microsoft .NET credential is the top-level certification for advanced developers who design and develop leading-edge enterprise solutions, using Microsoft development tools and technologies as well as the Microsoft .NET Framework.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Trainer
Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are technical and instructional experts in Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions. To ensure a superior learning experience for our customers, Learning Solutions Partners are required to use MCTs when delivering training using Official Microsoft Learning Products or Microsoft Business Solutions courses.
 
   
 
Microsoft Office Specialist
Microsoft Office Specialist (Office Specialist) certification, the premier Microsoft desktop certification, is a globally recognised standard for demonstrating desktop skills. The Office Specialist program is helping meet the demand for qualified and knowledgeable people in the modern workplace.
 
   
 
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Additional certifications
Explore these other great certification options:
 
The Microsoft Certified Professional + Internet (MCP+I) credential is for professionals who install and configure server products, manage server resources, extend servers to run CGI scripts or ISAPI scripts, monitor and analyse performance, plan security, and troubleshoot problems.
 
The Microsoft Certified Professional + Site Building (MCP+SB) credential is for professionals who plan, build, maintain, and manage Web sites using Microsoft products and technologies.
 
The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet (MCSE+I) credential is the premier certification for professionals who enhance, deploy, and manage sophisticated intranet and Internet solutions based on Microsoft Windows NT and Microsoft server software.
 
The Discontinued Exams table shows which exams are no longer available and how the discontinuations might affect your certification.
 
The MCP program is expanding its credentials and modifying its policies to respond to industry demands and customer feedback. Learn about the changes.
 
 
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MCP Careers Centre
In partnership with CareerBuilder.com, the MCP Career Centre acts as a valuable resource for both job candidates and hiring managers. Jobseekers can post and manage up to five different résumés, search listings, and apply online. Employers can post job openings and quickly find qualified professionals, as well as learn more about MCP certifications.
 
   
 
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Member Site
The MCP Member Site is open only to skilled technology professionals who are Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCPs).
 
   
 
Success stories
Microsoft Certification has helped countless IT pros work more effectively - while advancing their long-term career goals. Read about some remarkable individuals whose success has been helped by MCP certification.
 
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