Introducing the Different Microsoft Certification Levels (MCP, MCSA, MCSE)

Passing the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification program and adding it on your credentials will be a big plus on your resume. As a result, a higher compensation package awaits fortunate applicants, plus a chance to get to work on the company of your choice. Surely, prestige and honor is a part of the deal. This is the reason why more and more IT professionals are into getting an MCP certification nowadays.

If ever you are one of those interested go-getters, you can choose from a variety of certification programs, depending on your area of interest and expertise. The very basic level of which is the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) itself. Passing the MCP exam also means that you have successfully accomplished one operating system-based test. Once you have this completed, you can then move to the next level of certification, which is the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA).

Acquiring an MCSA certification indicates your thorough knowledge in system administration of the different operating systems of Microsoft Windows. Before achieving an MCSA title, you are required to pass three core exams (two networking system exams and one client operating system exams) and one electives exam. The MCSA certification is a proof that you are now ready to troubleshoot, manage and maintain typical computing systems.

The highest level of all MCP certifications is the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE). This does not only cover managing computing environments but also design and implement these as well. You need to pass five core exams and two electives exams. Though this might look more challenging to many, successfully obtaining this certification will also mean bigger compensation in terms of salary, not to mention the bragging rights of being one of Microsofts rosters of certified IT professionals.

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