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  • What is involved in getting the MCP cert? Is it only one test? I have tried to look into it online but seem to be going in circles.
    Would it be worth pursuing or should go for something else? I am looking to get a job as a computer tech/Desktop Support Technician.

    Any help in pointing me in the right direction would be great
    Saturday, January 31, 2009 11:29 PM

Answers

  • Ah. I see. Okay, let me explain.

    A vast majority of Microsoft exams are MCP exams. Meaning once you pass that one exam, you earn your MCP certification. The 2 exams that make up the MCDST are MCP exams. Meaning when you sit and pass the first one, you earn your MCP and are 50% on your way to earning your MCDST. At that point, all you need to do is take the second MCP exam and pass it. If that works outs, you are not only MCP certified, but you just earned your MCDST certification as well.

    It is really not that difficult. :)

    What you need to do, however, is make sure that you have the skills Microsof recommends to sit the exam. Microsoft tells you exactly what you are going to be tested on. It is right there on the Microsoft Learning site. As an example, if you want to take the 70-271 exam, look here: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-271.mspx#ERD. You just have to research.

    Just asking, but what technology did your potential employer want you to pursue? Meaning, like I said, a majority of MS exams qualify you for the MCP certification. Did he want you to have one just for the sake of being certified? If so, move on to another employer.


    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:03 PM
  • Microsoft has two Microsoft Certified Practice Test providers: MeasureUp and Self Test Software. Both are good, but I highly recommend Transcender as well.

    Here is a small piece of advice. Don't just study from the practice exams. Being a certified professional or technology specialist means you are proficient in the area you are certified in - not that you just passed some exams. Know you field and speciality. It will help you and the certification program in the long run.

    Good luck.
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 9:50 PM

All replies

  • With proficiency, any certification is worth it. Where online have you been researching the MCP certification? Have you tried, https://www.microsoft.com/Learning/default.aspx?

    Before I start in with the different certifications there are out there and which one may be right for you, let me ask if you have any proficiency in desktop support in a Microsoft Windows Server domain environment and diagnosing, troubleshooting, and repairing computers?

    It sounds like to me that you are either just starting out in the business world or a career changer looking to seek a career in I.T. Am I close? :)

    Certification are meant for those who have proficiency (knowledge and experience) in a specific field in the I.T. world. That is not to say you cannot work on achieving them. We just need to know more about your knowledge and experience so we don't come across as salemen! There are enough of those in this field! :)
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 1:06 AM
  • I have been building and repairing computers for 10+ years. I have a lot of experience with virus removal, spyware/adware, networking (Small buisness and Home).  I was a System Admin for a very small company. I have taken both the A+ and Net+ classes but due to work schedules never got around to take the exams. I have been working in the Electronic Assembly field for the past 3 years and am looking to start working as a computer tech again. I have the experience but none of the certifications most employers are looking for so this is limiting me as far as my job search efforts. I am trying to figure out what certs would be worth persuing at this point.

    Thanks for the help.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 3:09 AM
  •  Since you sat the A+ and Network+ classes, it's time to review and test. If this is important to you, make the time. At this point, these are the only certifications I believe you are qualified for. But that's just me reading two posts from you. Only you know your qualifications and proficiency - and in what areas.  

    I recommend again that you poke around the Microsoft Learning Site and research the MCP (70-270 exam), MCDST (70-271 and 70-272 exams) and if you are have knowledge in Windows Vista, you can research the MCTS and MCITP exams for it as well.

    Also, you didn't mention and Windows Server experience. Do you have any?
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 3:30 AM
  • I do have some experience with Windows 2000 server and SQL. The company I worked as the System administrator for also had me working on their SQL database for their billing software. I have been taking some pratice tests for the MCDST and I am not passing yet but not failing by to much. I am going to get one of the MCDST study books from amazon.com that should help.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 4:49 PM
  • Ok, hold on. 19 hours ago, you were asking about the involvment of the MCP certification, how to achieve it and if it was worth it. Now you have been taking practice exams for the MCDST? I apologize, but I am not following your thought process here. Let's see if we can try this again. How can we help? :)
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 6:54 PM
  • I had a potential employer ask If I was willing to get the MCP certification.  I guess what I am asking is if I have to get certified would the MCP a good place to start or should I just proceed with the MCDST?  Sorry about the confusion, all of the certifications are kind of overwhelming.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 7:43 PM
  • Ah. I see. Okay, let me explain.

    A vast majority of Microsoft exams are MCP exams. Meaning once you pass that one exam, you earn your MCP certification. The 2 exams that make up the MCDST are MCP exams. Meaning when you sit and pass the first one, you earn your MCP and are 50% on your way to earning your MCDST. At that point, all you need to do is take the second MCP exam and pass it. If that works outs, you are not only MCP certified, but you just earned your MCDST certification as well.

    It is really not that difficult. :)

    What you need to do, however, is make sure that you have the skills Microsof recommends to sit the exam. Microsoft tells you exactly what you are going to be tested on. It is right there on the Microsoft Learning site. As an example, if you want to take the 70-271 exam, look here: https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-271.mspx#ERD. You just have to research.

    Just asking, but what technology did your potential employer want you to pursue? Meaning, like I said, a majority of MS exams qualify you for the MCP certification. Did he want you to have one just for the sake of being certified? If so, move on to another employer.


    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:03 PM
  • OK, thanks. That clears things up a lot. The employer that I am working for want's for us to start by getting the MCP cert. They pay for the training and the exams for the certifications they want us to get. Not sure what the limit is to how far we can go with that but I would like to take full advantage of the offer.

    Thanks again for the help.

    Any good recommendations for good sites for the practice tests?
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 8:54 PM
  • Microsoft has two Microsoft Certified Practice Test providers: MeasureUp and Self Test Software. Both are good, but I highly recommend Transcender as well.

    Here is a small piece of advice. Don't just study from the practice exams. Being a certified professional or technology specialist means you are proficient in the area you are certified in - not that you just passed some exams. Know you field and speciality. It will help you and the certification program in the long run.

    Good luck.
    Michael D. Alligood,
    MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician, Consumer Support Technician
    MCTS: Windows Vista - Configuration,
    MCSA, MCDST, MCP, A+, Network+

    The I.T. Classroom Blog
    Start. Research. Plan. Perform. Finish. Test. Evaluate.
    Sunday, February 1, 2009 9:50 PM
  • Hello, Without any on the job training, what other resources do you recommend when studying for these certs? I'm working towards A+, MTA, MCTS, MCSA ( Database). I have IT experience, but none that goes as deep as the MCTS, and MCSA. My desire is to become a Database Administrator with a focus on SQL. Any suggestions?
    Monday, August 19, 2013 8:35 PM