Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

What is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)?

Passing your first Microsoft Certification exam automatically makes you a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community, with access to all of the benefits provided through the Microsoft Certification Program and the private MCP member site. As an MCP, you join a community of millions of certified professionals, with thousands more members joining every month!

Sajid Ali

"Absolutely the certification changed my life: the moment I got my first MCP it was that much easier to get the interviews and ultimately secure a job."

Sajid Ali | Solutions Architect | Canada

How to become a Microsoft Certified Professional


Choose the right IT certification path based on your goals, passion, and market demand


Find the right training methods that best fit your learning style and your schedule


Schedule your exams in advance and take advantage of promotions

Leverage benefits

Take advantage of your benefits as a certified IT professional

Discover opportunities

Use your new skill-sets and credentials for promotion or a new job

Certification path

After you become a Microsoft Certified Professional, you’re on the certification path, earning the credentials that validate your expertise to the world.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Technology Associate
Start here to validate fundamental technology concepts.
For candidates who are new to technology

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Solutions Associate
Prove you have the core technical skills required for a career in IT.
Prerequisite to MCSE

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)

Solutions Expert - For IT professionals
Solutions Developer - For developers
Prove your ability to build innovative solutions across multiple technologies.

Certification and career resources

As an MCP, you have access to many valuable career tools, such as:

Certification Planner Track your progress and view options for completing your certification.

Certificate Manager View, download, or purchase paper copies of certificates for the Microsoft Certifications you earn.

Official transcript download and sharing tool

Certification logos Download official certification logos.

Create your virtual business cards

MCP eStore Purchase apparel and accessories with certification logos.

MCP community Make connections with your peers through the Born to Learn blog and Microsoft Tech Showcase events.

Promotional offers Access special offers on Microsoft training and certification products and discounts.

Member resources Find training or evaluation software, look for job opportunities, and much more.