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Microsoft certification

A series of programs that provide certification of competency in Microsoft products. Administered throughout the world at Microsoft centers as well as colleges and universities, the certification exams consist of both core topics and elective material. The most popular programs are outlined below. See certification.

MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional
Umbrella term for individuals passing exams in Microsoft certification categories.

MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
The best-known certification level, geared to the technical specialist involved with advanced Microsoft products. Exams are available for the Windows 2000 product line and for Microsoft Windows Server 2003. Specializations are offered in messaging and security.

MCSD - Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
For the VAR or software developer. Candidates must pass exams on Windows architecture and services plus programming languages of their choice.

MCDBA - Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
For the administrator involved with Microsoft's SQL Server database management system.

MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainer
For the person who trains others in these subjects through Microsoft authorized education sites.

MOUS - Microsoft Office User Specialist
For the user who requires proficiency with Office applications, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
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The Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business incorporated MOUS certification into its curriculum two years ago, requiring full-time MBA students to pass Word and Excel exams to prove technical aptitude and distinguish the Graziadio Business School from other business programs.
We are thrilled with the addition of MOUS certification to our Learning and Technology Center," said Sherry Riva, executive director for Jubilee Women's Center.
In a recent 2001 survey of over 2,000 hiring managers conducted by Certiport, 96% of MOUS Expert certificate holders were found to be more competent and 89% are more productive than employees without a certificate.
In a survival-of-the-fittest type economy, the breaking of the 500,000 mark confirms the growing use of MOUS certification as a means to measure return on investment for Microsoft Office training," said Bill Wall, vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and services for Certiport.
The performance-based MOUS certification provides a global standard for computer application skills and productivity and can validate credentials for corporations, academic institutions, training organizations, and individuals.
MOUS also is growing on the grassroots level as several states are poised to follow the State of Missouri in kicking off statewide certification initiatives.
With a MOUS certification, thousands of people have demonstrated increased productivity and have proved their ability to utilize the advanced functionality of these Microsoft applications.
Participation in the MOUS Business-IT Pathways Educator Certification Project allows educational institutions to offer marketable credentials to students who are entering the workforce.