Because of the very controversial Enron scandal and other unethical business practices, many businesses today are being affected by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) or more commonly known as the Public Company Accounting Reform and Investor Protection Act of 2002.  This means that when a business becomes a publicly traded company, the act imposes strict reporting, documentation, controls and other requirements.  It also had a major impact on the IT industry because with computerized accounting and audit systems, this meant that many will have to comply with the general requirements and therefore supporting documents may be required of them. 

Implementing Sarbanes-Oxley in any business will be costly and will require resources, time, and funding.  But there may be a solution provided by Microsoft with its partner ecosystem, accounting professionals and MCP.  With applications that are designed to extend IT investments in order to meet compliance requirements, documentation and general controls, Sections 302, 404, and 409 of the Act can be integrated into the Microsoft Dynamics software.  A qualified MCP can create a seamless integration of the application to the audit and accounting system of the company.

Microsoft solutions with the help of accounting professionals and MCPs, will all be supporting the Sarbanes-Oxley requirements.  Because companies are investing on IT systems to manage their financial requirements, the law requires that certain controls will have to be imposed in order for the systems to be audited.  Section 404 takes special attention because it regulates IT controls including Change Management, Backup, Security, Documentation, General Supporting and Remediation.


As you purchase a Microsoft product, an exam voucher is made available.  This exam vouchers can be used to take the MCP examination.  Most training institutions offer this examination vouchers at a discount. It has an expiration date as well.  It is a way for a professional to save for paying the exam on a regular price (approximately $125).

Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE testing centers offer MCP exams worldwide. The vouchers for each testing centers differ.  Candidates should make sure that the MCP examination vouchers they got works for the testing area.  In as much as voucher exams have expiration, the examination should be taken prior to the expiration or else candidates loses the chance of saving but instead lose his or her money.  It is also advised that you try to compare prices online.

MCP exam vouchers are in two forms: 1.  Bundled with other products or services.  The exam
     vouchers is acquired with other product or services
      for a purchase price.  Most common products or
     services are select kits from Microsoft Press or from
     training companies. 2.  Outright purchase from retailers, practice test, or
     training companies that sell Microsoft exam vouchers
     for discount prices ranging from  8% off to 20% off).

The MCP exam voucher saves costs for those who have availed of Microsoft products and are interested in taking the MCP exam.  It is a way of encouraging Microsoft product users to take the MCP exam, be registered and certified.


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