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Who offers it:
Testing is done by Sylvan Prometric and Virtual University Enterprises. Many
courses and self-study packages will help prepare you for the exams.
Initial - Pass four core exams and two elective exams.
Ongoing - If an exam you take is "retired," you must pass a replacement exam.
Exams - $100 each. Cost of courses and self-study materials varies widely.
Percent of IT professionals whose companies offer tuition reimbursement: 76.7%
Sample exam topics:
Implementing and administering a Windows 2000 directory services infrastructure
Installing, configuring, and administering Windows 2000 Server
Upgrading from Windows NT to Windows 2000
Who has one:
Number of MCSEs - 165,000
Percent of IT professionals reported holding any certification:
Senior management - 17.5%
Middle management - 26.2%
Staff - 19.8%
Percent of IT professionals who reported holding MCSE:
Senior management - 3.9%
Middle management - 8.5%
Staff - 6.4%
Year certification was established: 1994
Microsoft Certified Professional Program: www.microsoft.com/mcp
Microsoft offers information on all its certification programs.
InfoWorld Special Report on Education and Certification:
This report includes a directory of IT certifications, as well as general advice on
how continuing education can help your career.
Sources: 1999 InfoWorld Compensation Survey, Microsoft