Latest MCP Certifications

Microsoft has released a new three-tiered certification hierarchy. It consists of three series and four credentials that introduce an entry-level Technology Series composed of the "Technology Specialist" credential, a Professional Series composed of the "IT Professional" and "Professional Developer" credentials, and the Master Series composed of the "Master" credential. There also exists a new Architect Series composed of the "Microsoft Certified Architect" program which consists of a Review Board interview.

Technology Series (MCTS)

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential enables professionals to target specific technologies, and are generally the first step toward the Professional-level certifications. There are currently 20 MCTS certifications which can be roughly grouped into the following specializations, each requiring certain examinations to be passed:

Office Specializations

Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007

* Exam 70-632: Microsoft Office Project 2007, Managing Projects

Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

* Exam 70-633: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects

Forefront Client and Server, Configuration

* Exam 70-557: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuration

Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuration

* Exam 70-630: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

Office SharePoint Server 2007, Application Development

* Exam 70-542: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Application Development

.NET Framework Specializations

.NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications

* Exam 70-528: .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development
* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation

.NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications

* Exam 70-526: .NET Framework 2.0 - Windows-Based Client Development
* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation

.NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Applications

* Exam 70-529: .NET Framework 2.0 - Distributed Application Development
* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation

.NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications

* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-562: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development

.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Applications

* Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-502: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Application Development

.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications

* Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-503: TS: .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation Application Development

.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications

* Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-504: TS: .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Workflow Foundation Application Development

.NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications

* Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-505: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development

.NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications

* Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-561: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development

SQL Server Specializations

SQL Server 2005

* Exam 70-431: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance

SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence

* Exam 70-445: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence - Implementation and Maintenance

SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance

* Exam 70-432: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Installation and Maintenance

SQL Server 2008, Database Development

* Exam 70-433: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development

SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

* Exam 70-448: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

SQL Server 2008 Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database

* Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Server Infrastructure using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Design Database

* Exam 70-451: PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence

* Exam 70-452: PRO: Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Certification to SQL Server 2008

* Exam 70-453: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 DBA to MCITP SQL Server 2008 DBA

Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Certification to SQL Server 2008, Database Development

* Exam 70-454: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 Database Developer to MCITP SQL Server 2008 Database Developer

Upgrade SQL Server 2005 Certification to SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence

* Exam 70-455: Upgrade: Transition Your MCITP SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence Developer to MCITP SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence Developer

Business Intelligence Specializations

BizTalk Server 2006

* Exam 70-235: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server

Live Communications Server 2005

* Exam 70-262: Office Live Communications Server 2005-Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Configuration

* Exam 70-236: Exchange Server 2007, Configuring


Windows Specializations

Windows Mobile 5.0 Applications

* Exam 70-540: Windows Mobile 5.0 - Application Development

Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

* Exam 70-500: Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Application Development

* Exam 70-541: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - Application Development

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuration

* Exam 70-631: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops, Deploying and Maintaining

* Exam 70-624: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops

Windows Vista Configuration

* Exam 70-620: Windows Vista, Configuring

Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

* Exam 70-640: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring

Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration

* Exam 70-642: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring

Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration

* Exam 70-643: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring

Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations

* Exam 70-648: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuring and Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuring: upgrade of Windows Server 2003 to Server 2008 for the two above aforementioned MCTS credentials consisting parts of exams 70-640 and 70-642

Windows 7 Configuration

* Exam 70-680: Windows 7, Configuring

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

* Exam 70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

* Exam 70-686: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

Professional Series
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)

The Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) credential is designed for .NET software developers and are based around .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2005/2008.

Windows Developer 3.5

* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-505: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development
* Exam 70-563 (PRO): Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the .NET Framework 3.5

ASP .NET Developer 3.5

* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-562: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development
* Exam 70-564 (PRO): Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the .NET Framework 3.5

Web Developer, Visual Studio 2005

* Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
* Exam 70-528: .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development
* Exam 70-547 (PRO): Designing and Developing Web Applications by Using the .NET Framework

Enterprise Applications Developer 3.5

* Exam 70-536: TS: .NET Framework - Application Development Foundation - applicable to both .NET 2.0 and .NET 3.5
* Exam 70-503: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Application Development
* Exam 70-505: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development
* Exam 70-561: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development
* Exam 70-562: TS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development
* Exam 70-565 (PRO): Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications using .NET Framework 3.5 (available soon)


 Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) credential helps validate that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. It provides widely recognized, objective validation of a candidate's ability to perform critical, current IT job roles by using Microsoft technologies to their best advantage.

These certifications are designed for IT professionals including administrators and support personnel in addition to database specialists (both administrators and developers).

Business Intelligence Developer

* MCTS: SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence
* Exam 70-446 (PRO): Designing a Business Intelligence Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Consumer/Enterprise Support Technician

* MCTS: Windows 7, Configuring
* Exam: 70-680 Candidates for this exam operate in computing environments that use Microsoft Windows 7 as a desktop operating system in an enterprise environment.
* MCTS: Windows Vista Configuration
* Exam 70-623 (PRO): Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Consumer Support Technicians

Database Developer

* MCTS: SQL Server 2005
* Exam 70-441 (PRO): Designing Database Solutions by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
* Exam 70-442 (PRO): Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Database Administrator

* MCTS: SQL Server 2005
* Exam 70-443 (PRO): Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005
* Exam 70-444 (PRO): Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Enterprise Messaging Administrator

* MCTS: Exchange Server 2007 Configuration
* Exam 70-237 (PRO): Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
* Exam 70-238 (PRO): Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007

Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

* MCTS: Managing Projects with Microsoft Office Project 2007
* MCTS: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007
* Exam 70-634 (PRO): Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Managing Projects and Programs

Enterprise Support Technician

* MCTS: Windows Vista Configuration
* Exam 70-622 (PRO): Supporting and Troubleshooting Applications on a Windows Vista Client for Enterprise Support Technicians

Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7

* MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration
* Exam 70-685 (PRO): Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Enterprise Desktop Administrator 7

* MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration
* Exam 70-686 (PRO): Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

Server Administrator

* MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
* MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration
* Exam 70-646 (PRO): Windows Server 2008, Server Administrator

Enterprise Administrator

* MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration
* MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration
* MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration
* MCTS: Windows 7 Configuration OR MCTS Windows Vista Configuration, MCTS: Windows Vista and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops, Deploying and Maintaining
* Exam 70-647 (PRO): Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator

Master Series

The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification enables senior-level IT professionals to demonstrate and validate their technical expertise on Microsoft Server products with exclusive, advanced training and certification available only direct from Microsoft. It is a prerequisite for the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) Series. Eligibility into the program first requires successful completion of specific and related MCITP certifications (and/or other Microsoft exams). Candidates must then submit an application, subject to review and approval by Microsoft, before being accepted.

Currently available MCM Certifications

* MCM: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
* MCM: Microsoft Lync Server 2010
* MCM: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
* MCM: Microsoft SQL Server 2008
* MCM: Windows Server 2008 R2: Directory

MCM Certifications that are no longer available

* MCM: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
* MCM: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
* MCM: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
* MCM: Microsoft SQL Server 2005
* MCM: Windows Server 2008: Directory
* MCM: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

Architect Series

The Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certification is the pinnacle of Microsoft certification. Eligibility into the program first requires Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certification in a relevant product. Candidates must then be reviewed and approved by Microsoft to be entered into the program.

Accepted candidates must prepare a work history dossier, architectural solution case study, and a document that demonstrates the relevance of their skills and work experience. Following that, candidates must attend a 2-hour Review Board interview, which consists of at least two MCAs. The candidate must make a 30-minute presentation to the board, and then be able to successfully defend the quality and viability of the case study against questions from the board.

Currently available MCA Certifications

* MCA: Microsoft Exchange Server
* MCA: Microsoft SQL Server
* MCA: Windows Server: Directory

Other MCA Certifications available soon

* MCA: Microsoft Office Communications Server
* MCA: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

Previously, Microsoft also offered two "broad" MCA certifications that focused on using a variety of Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies to deliver customer solutions. However, effective May 1, 2010 Microsoft discontinued these certifications in favor of the Microsoft-centric MCA programs.

Discontinued MCA Certifications

* MCA: Infrastructure
* MCA: Solutions

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