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Number of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide RRS feed

  • Question

  • Correct, we no longer publish the number of people certified.

    Why not?
    because if people see the stats falling they will interpret this trend like "certs are not important anymore so why should I bother..."

    Hi,

    sorry I don't understand this answer.

    I have done MCPD-EA (+Win) for .NET 2.0 in the past. Challenging but I could see how many people were there and how big was the community I was joining.

    Now I am about to decide if to do WF4 certification and just looking at the number of the certified people out there, it could help.

    If for example, there were only 1000 people in the world with that certification, I would take it immediately, then tell any potential employer: look at that! I belong to this restricted number of people who actually proved their knowledge of this.

    This in the past has helped me in the competition to get a job.

    But now, not knowing who is certified, I am not sure.

    Maybe the whole certification is a joke, provided that not even Microsoft considers that seriously enough to publish the figures.

    Maybe there are only a few certified people, those who work for Microsoft and related trainings.

    Other type of certifications (e.g. financial bodies like CFA Institute) publish the number of certified people because usually issuers are proud of their numbers.

    Maybe Microsoft doesn't care. And if Microsoft doesn't care about certifications, why should my next employer? and why should I?

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 8:11 PM

Answers

  • MC ID does not reflect the number of MCP's as there are a large number of people who have duplicate ID's (Due to not using correct information when taking exams) which have still not been almalgamated. I also believe that the ID's have not always been sequential.

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    Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:10 PM
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  • There used to be a page where microsoft released this information (somewhere on the Microsoft Learning web site), but it's no longer there. I found a web site where the numbers were discussed a bit: http://geekswithblogs.net/sdorman/archive/2007/08/12/How-many-MCPD-Windows-Developers-are-there.aspx 

    (From that web site)
    current as of June 27, 2007.

    According to their stats, here is the breakdown for the 3 different MCPD certifications:
    MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 1,813
    MCPD: Web Developer 1,144
    MCPD: Windows Developer 560

    That's right, 560 out of 2,127,227 total MCPs have earned the Windows Developer certification. That isn't the smallest number, however. That distinction goes to those 71 people who have an Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Business Intelligence Developer. The largest is Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Windows NT 4.0 at 395,737 people.

    Since those statistics are about 5 years old, I imagine that they look quite different today (as with a massive move to web-based solution, many new technologies and certification tracks,...)

    It might be interesting if Microsoft would release new statistics about this.


    Dimitri C. - Please mark the replies as answers if they help! Thanks.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:56 AM

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  • Hi Gasiino,

    I started a new thread to ensure that your question is answered

    Cheers


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, February 23, 2012 10:11 PM
    Moderator
  • There used to be a page where microsoft released this information (somewhere on the Microsoft Learning web site), but it's no longer there. I found a web site where the numbers were discussed a bit: http://geekswithblogs.net/sdorman/archive/2007/08/12/How-many-MCPD-Windows-Developers-are-there.aspx 

    (From that web site)
    current as of June 27, 2007.

    According to their stats, here is the breakdown for the 3 different MCPD certifications:
    MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 1,813
    MCPD: Web Developer 1,144
    MCPD: Windows Developer 560

    That's right, 560 out of 2,127,227 total MCPs have earned the Windows Developer certification. That isn't the smallest number, however. That distinction goes to those 71 people who have an Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Business Intelligence Developer. The largest is Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE): Windows NT 4.0 at 395,737 people.

    Since those statistics are about 5 years old, I imagine that they look quite different today (as with a massive move to web-based solution, many new technologies and certification tracks,...)

    It might be interesting if Microsoft would release new statistics about this.


    Dimitri C. - Please mark the replies as answers if they help! Thanks.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:56 AM
  • A colleague of mine has very recently become Microsoft certified and his MCID is 8688XXX. This obviously isn’t a reliable way of seeing how many of the world’s population have achieved a Microsoft certification though, but gives a rough idea.

    Wednesday, February 29, 2012 9:08 AM
  • A colleague of mine has very recently become Microsoft certified and his MCID is 8688XXX. This obviously isn’t a reliable way of seeing how many of the world’s population have achieved a Microsoft certification though, but gives a rough idea.

    I'm going to update my MCPD 3.5 to 4 and I was also looking for this information.

    I got my Id in December 2006 and it looks like: 3752242... A bit over 5 years and it jumped to 8688xxx.

    Agree it's not a reliable way to measure it, but it's a big difference :)

    Anyway, I want to know specifically about MCPD Web 4, it would be nice if they'd release that info.



    Bruno Garcia MCPD .NET Framework 2.0, 3.5 Web - MCSA Windows Server 2003


    Thursday, March 1, 2012 2:10 PM
  • MC ID does not reflect the number of MCP's as there are a large number of people who have duplicate ID's (Due to not using correct information when taking exams) which have still not been almalgamated. I also believe that the ID's have not always been sequential.

    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, March 1, 2012 10:10 PM
    Moderator