- Q.What are the benefits of achieving a Microsoft Certification?
Microsoft Certification is an industry standard that is recognized worldwide. After you earn your Microsoft Certification, you have access to a number of benefits, which can be found on the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) member site.
- Q.What will I find on the member sites and who has access?
Individuals who have passed a Microsoft exam have access to the member sites.
On the site, you will find:
A downloadable version of your certificate (you can order a printed copy); MOS members will need their Certiport login information
Your official Microsoft Certification downloadable transcript, access to the transcript-sharing tool, and access to the IT Certification Council (ITCC) site, where you can create an industry-wide transcript
A tool to create and download certification logos
Your contact preferences and profile
A link to the MCP eStore
Your Certification Planner
A sign up for the MCP Flash newsletters
Promotional offers and additional services
- Q.What is a Charter certificate?
Charter Members are the pioneering group of individuals who achieve a certification within six months following the retail release date of the certification. (People who pass the beta exams will receive the Charter certificate after the certification is commercially released.) Charter Members are recognized by being given the Charter version of the certificate acknowledging their early adoption of the technology solution. The Charter version of the certificate includes the word "Charter."
- Q.Which certifications are eligible for Charter status?
If you have any of the following certifications, you are eligible for the Charter certificate: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM), or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). Exceptions include those certifications that are released when the technology covered is no longer the latest version of the technology. These include the MCSA: Windows 7, the MCSA: SQL Server 2008, and the MCSA: Windows Server 2008.
- Q.How much time do I have to order my Charter certificate?
You can digitally download or order your Charter certificate at any point after it is earned.
- Q.When does the Charter certificate period start for localized exams?
The six-month "clock"’ start time is based on the earliest time the certification can be earned, which is typically based on English-language exam availability. For example, if an exam is available in German two months after the English version is available, the German candidate has only four more months to earn a Charter certificate.
- Q.I have heard that Microsoft sponsors an Elevate America veterans initiative to help our country's veterans and their spouses acquire the skills and resources that they need to be successful in today's workplace. What is this initiative?
Through this initiative, Microsoft convenes a coalition of public, private, and nonprofit organizations that are interested in contributing expertise, cash, and in-kind resources to help U.S. veterans and their spouses build the skills and access the resources that they need to be successful in today's workforce.