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Getting Started with Microsoft Certification

Overview of the Microsoft Certification Process
New to the Microsoft certification process? Our FAQ will get started in the right direction.

Six Steps to Microsoft Certification
Follow these steps to earn a Microsoft certification.

Prepare for an Exam
Before you register for an MCP exam, read about what you can do to help prepare yourself for MCP or MOUS certification exams.

Register for an Exam
Prometric and VUE, independent testing organizations, administer all MCP exams. Learn about how to register for an MCP exam today.

MCP Testing Innovations
Microsoft has introduced innovative testing technologies to more effectively determine who meets the criteria for certification. Read the frequently asked questions for which testing innovations are included in MCP exams.

Microsoft Certification Levels
Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
The Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) credential is for professionals who have the skills to successfully implement a Microsoft product or technology as part of a business solution in an organization.

Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) on Microsoft Windows 2000 certification is designed for professionals who implement, manage, and troubleshoot existing network and system environments based on the Microsoft Windows© 2000 and Windows .NET Server platforms.

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credential is the premier certification for professionals who analyze the business requirements and design and implement the infrastructure for business solutions based on the Microsoft Windows© 2000 platform and Microsoft server software.

Advice for new candidates
Exam Advice
If you've never taken a Microsoft exam before, the process can be a little daunting. What should you study? How much preparation do you need? What are the exams like? We've put together an outline of our test taking methodology and a few tips for those new to the certification process.

How to choose Test preparation software
Good exam preparation software can make the difference between passing and failing an exam. But the software can be as expensive (or even more expensive) than the actual exams. In this article, we'll offer some advice on what to look for you when choosing exam prep software, what to avoid, and a few recommendations


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