Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

What is Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification?

The Microsoft Certified Professional certification is no longer available. When you pass an MCP exam, it will be added to your transcript but you may not be able to take advantage of all program benefits until you successfully earn your first certification. You can review all certifications associated with the Microsoft Certification Program on the Microsoft Technical Certifications page.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification validates IT professional and developer technical expertise through rigorous, industry-proven, and industry-recognized exams. MCP exams cover a wide range of Microsoft products, technologies, and solutions.

When you pass your first qualifying MCP exam, you automatically become a Microsoft Certified Professional and gain access to MCP benefits. You also join a community of millions of MCPs, with thousands more joining every month. After you become an MCP, you’re on your way to distinguishing yourself through expert certifications including Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

MCP-qualifying exams include all of the exams required in the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), MCSE, and MCSD certifications. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams do not qualify for MCP certification.

MCP benefits

Microsoft Certification benefits for MCPs include 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.

MCP eStore Purchase apparel and accessories with certification logos.

MCP community Make connections with your peers through the Born To Learn blog.

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.

How to become a Microsoft Certified Professional


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


Find the 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 Microsoft Certified Professional.

Discover opportunities

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

Certification path

After earning your Microsoft Certified Professional certification, you’re on your way to distinguishing yourself through expert certifications, such as: