How many people share your Microsoft qualifications?

When I am revising hard to pass my various exams I often get asked by friends and family “so what exactly does this qualification mean?”

The implied question is “how special is this?” or “how many millions of others already have one of these?” to which I never had an answer because Microsoft never provided one.

Now I can answer these questions as Microsoft have posted a page listing all the major technical qualifications such as MCP, MCSA, MCSE, MCSD and MCDST along with the number of people who hold each one. Obviously some people get counted several times for their MCP, MCSA and MCSE (for example), but it is still a useful indication of how you compare to others. They have said this page will be updated monthly, and should soon include all the new Vista and Exchange 2007 MCITP stuff.

As things stand at the moment this means that when I pass my 70-291 (hopefully very soon) I will be one of about 42,000 people in the world with an MCSA:Messaging (2003).

I’m not sure how special that makes me feel, but it is certainly a step up from being one-in-two-million vanilla MCPs.

5 Responses to How many people share your Microsoft qualifications?

  1. Adam Vero says:

    The page has now been updated with information up to August 9th (but I guess it took them a short while to compile it all).

  2. Adam Vero says:

    This has been updated again on September 18th.
    Nearly 46,000 people with MCSA:Messaging now. I need to join this club before it gets too many, otherwise I won’t feel very “special”.

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  4. Adam Vero says:

    Now you know how many people have the same qualifications, you might also want to find out more about how MS protects their exams against cheating and aim to prevent people becoming “paper MCSEs” with no real skills.

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