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Confused about MCP status

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by garycul, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. garycul

    garycul Nibble Poster

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    It used to be easy in the old days. Pass an MS exam and you become an MCP. Pass the right cominbination and you become an MCSE. Now it's all rather confusing. I thought if you pass one standalone exam now say one of the Windows 7 exams you become a Microsoft specialist. However the Window 8.1 MCSA requires two exams for that certification. I have just got my transcript back for passing 70-687 and I now have an MCP ID and a transcript with "Microsoft Certified Professional" on it. Does this means I am an MCP or not ? Sounds a daft question but it affects what I can put on my CV / Linkedin etc just in case I run out of time for 70-688. Any ideas ?
     
    Certifications: 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices, 70-680 Configuring Windows 7, 70-687 Configuring Windows 8.1, TCP/IP ON NT4, NT 4 Server, NT4 Workstation, Windows 95, Windows 3.1, ITIL SLM Practitioner, ITIL v2 and v3 Foundation
  2. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Passing any MS exam makes you an MCP, and if that exam has any kind of special title of its own you get that too I'm pretty sure, such as an MCTS. MCP is just the over arching reference. I remember being very happy when I first got mine. I passed the XP exam with 700 exactly! :breakdance:
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
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  3. garycul

    garycul Nibble Poster

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    Cheers for the info ! You know, that XP pass on the line can make or break ! Looks like you've been collecting MCPs since ! I passed Windows 95 with 714 and the pass mark was 714 ! Just looked at the full page transcript now and it says "Active Microsoft Certifications : Microsoft Certified Professional" and it gives a certification ref number so that confirms it.

    Giddy !
     
    Certifications: 70-697 Configuring Windows Devices, 70-680 Configuring Windows 7, 70-687 Configuring Windows 8.1, TCP/IP ON NT4, NT 4 Server, NT4 Workstation, Windows 95, Windows 3.1, ITIL SLM Practitioner, ITIL v2 and v3 Foundation
  4. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Oh mate don't be mislead, I've had my fair share of failures man, some made me question if I knew what I was doing :S But fortunately I'm the type to feel gutted, then curious, then vengeful! ha ha Swearing that I'll have my day against what ever beast of an exam ruined my day ha ha I think I'll do two more Microsoft exams, see if I've still got it. Then I'll hang up my boots and focus my efforts elsewhere
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
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  5. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    We all stumble, I had one MCSE 2003 Exam that just kicked me time after time, I think I eventually passed on the 4th attempt, it was strange because I would get 75 - 100% in a section one exam and then 0 the next time around, I was almost ready to call it quits by the end of the 3rd time of trying. It hasn't stopped me trying but the MS exam track isn't something I take for granted, even today.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
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  6. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Same, I never assume that because I've got some experience under my belt that it won't still kick my a$$. It wasn't the 70-291 was it Simon? Think I failed that twice :'(
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
  7. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Mate, I can't remember, it was nearly 10 years ago now (although actually come to think of it I thing it was 70-290 not 291 which was known as the killer at the time).
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  8. jk2447

    jk2447 Petabyte Poster Moderator

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    Be 291 one mate I can't see 290 taking you down, that was the 2003 OS exam I think where as 291 was the network all in one beast. Horrific exam I still have nightmares because you didn't get an MCSA until you passed it, along with the other 3. Nearly put me off certification that mother
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), HND IT, HND Computing, ITIL-F, MBCS CITP, MCP (270,290,291,293,294,298,299,410,411,412) MCTS (401,620,624,652) MCSA:Security, MCSE: Security, Security+, CPTS, VCP4, CCA (XenApp6.5), MCSA 2012, VCP5, VCP6-NV
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  9. SimonD

    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

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    Nope, it was 290, 291 wasn't an issue for me but the core OS exam was the issue, as I said I just couldn't explain why it was a problem.
     
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  10. chrome

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    Slightly amendment, it's worth noting that "Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams do not qualify for MCP certification". Just thinking of those who might think getting an MTA also makes you an MCP.
     
  11. Sparky
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    Late to the party but the 70-297 tripped me up. Annoying as it was the last exam I needed for MCSE 2003 at the time. Passed on the second attempt - many beers were drank that day and the day after :)
     
    Certifications: MSc MCSE MCSA:M MCSA:S MCITP:EA MCTS(x5) Security+ Network+ A+
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  12. Juelz

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    When I got my MTA I received an email from MS that I was now an MCP.. but according to their website, this isn't the case.. I assume its a new amendment?
     
    Certifications: MTA Windows Fundamentals, ITIL Foundation, Apple Mac Integration 10.12
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