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What is MCP?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Godson, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. Godson

    Godson Bit Poster

    I know it means Microsoft Certified Professional but i thought it was MCSE/MCSA/MCSDT....

    Went to Microsoft website but that doesn't help either...

    Can someone please help me; what is MCP? How is it different to MCSE?
    What does it cover?
  2. The_Geek

    The_Geek Megabyte Poster

    MCP means you've passed your first (of too many) M$ exam. It's a title only.

    What does it mean? Nothing!!

    Well, actually, it means that only a half dozen more of them for MCSE.
    Certifications: CompTIA and Micro$oft
    WIP: PDI+
  3. simongrahamuk
    Honorary Member

    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

    An MCP means that you have proven your skills in supporting / using / managing one or more Microsoft product.

    Each exam that you pass will give you an MCP* (Provided its a MS Exam). For instance there are many people out there who do not aspire to any specific MS Cert, i.e. MSCE, MCSD, but instead take exams to prove that they have knowledge on a specific area. For instance I have an MCP in Windows 2000 Active Directory, but I'm not going for MSCE, I simply wanted to prove I knew AD.

    *There are a few exceptions.
  4. Phoenix
    Honorary Member

    Phoenix 53656e696f7220 4d6f64

    afaik (and i could be wrong)
    MCP, like othe microsoft earned titles, are exactly that, titles
    you do not 'possess 10 mcps' like they are candy bars
    and you are not 'an MCP in this that or the other'
    you attain the title 'Microsoft Certified Professional' weather you have 1 exam or 100, end of story

    same goes for MCSE, its a title, not an item, I dont have '2 MCSE's despite meeting requirements for both the NT4 track and the 2000 track, I am mearly an MCSE

    if you pass two bachelor degrees, one in maths, one in chemestry, your just just a BSc not 2x BSc

    make sense?

    like i said, could be wrong, but thats how it works as far as i know
    Certifications: MCSE, MCITP, VCP
    WIP: > 0
  5. d-Faktor
    Honorary Member

    d-Faktor R.I.P - gone but never forgotten.

    semantics. even microsoft is not clear about it.
    if you're talking about the "title" mcse, you can only have one. if you're talking about the cert mcse, you can have more (mcse on nt4, on 2k, etc.).
  6. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

    Hey, d-Faktor. Good to see you around again.

    This is my understanding of both the MCP and certs such as an MCSE. Title you get only once, but multiple individual certs can be earned. Once you get one MCP you're an MCP, but you can have many MCP's. Same with MCSE. Once you earn one, you're an MCSE, but you can have several MCSE's because there are MCSE's granted in more than one OS.
    Certifications: MCSE, MCDBA, CCNA, A+
    WIP: LPIC 1
  7. Sarah

    Sarah Byte Poster


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