Partner competency points and certification


If you work in an MSPP (Microsoft Partner Program) organization, your employer might be wondering how many partner competency points your ‘new generation’ credentials–MCTS, MCITP, MCPD, and MCA–earn. You could point them to page 13 of the MSPP Program Guide for all the details. For your reference, here is the table in question:


































































Certification


Points


Certification


Points


Category 1


Category 3


MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)


1


MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect)


3


MCPSB (Professional + Site Building)


1


MCDBA (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator)


3


MCPSI (Professional + Internet)


1


MCLC (Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant) Note: only four MCLCs may earn Partner Points within an organization. No additional points will be awarded for MCLCs in excess of four.


3


MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist)


1


MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer)


3


Category 2


 


MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer)


3


MCAD (Microsoft Certified Application Developer)


2


MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)


3


MCDST (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician)


2


MCSEI (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer + Internet)


3


MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional)


2


MCSEM (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Messaging)


3


MCSA (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator)


2


MCSES (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Security)


3


MCSAM (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Messaging)


2


MCSAS (Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Security)


2


MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer)


3


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Comments (8)

  1. Michael says:

    Hello Trika

    Not that I’m complaining but do you have an answer to the rationale behind why the MCPD is worth 3 points but the MCITP counts for only 2 points.

    Especially in light of the fact, that the MCPD is replacing both the MCAD (2 poitns) and the MCSD (3 points) parts of the developer track, depending on how many exams you take.

    Regards, Michael

  2. S.Y. Paul Lai says:

    It’s unfair!  Why MCDBA = MCA?  MCDBA = MCA + DB.  Therefore, MCDBA should worth 4 points.

  3. JohnCKirk says:

    I’m not sure whether the previous commenter is joking ("Why MCDBA = MCA?"), but I did have a similar reaction; I’d have expected the MCA certification to be worth significantly more points, given how difficult it is to attain.

  4. S.Y. Paul Lai says:

    I don’t under stand the logic behind the 4 MCLC limitation.  A MCLC must be a MCT.  Even if the MCLC is MOS Master MCLC, he can still get 3 points from his MCT credential.  What’s the reason behind the restriction.  Did a Office training provider "convert" all its 40 MOS Master Instructors into MCLC to get the Gold Parnter state?

  5. Chris Randall says:

    Um, you broke the DBA cert, MS, now you’re going to devalue it further?

    There is no MCDBA in SQL Server 2005. Yet inexplicably, the MCDBA is listed in "Category 3", the same level as MCSE and MCSD.

    In reality, we SQL 2005 DBAs and DBDevs can only earn an MCITP now. Which is worth less.

    Looks like those who said MS devalued the DBA certification in SQL 2005 were quite correct.

  6. Alice says:

    Something that I haven’t been able to find a clear answer on yet, is do you earn points for all certifications that each person has? For example, let’s say one person has MCP (1), MCSA (2), MCSE (3), and MCDBA (3) – does this mean the company would be able to earn 9 points from this person?

  7. Fred says:

    In answer to the last comment, points are not cumulative, so in the example above, only 3 points would be awarded.

  8. Richard says:

    Well this is crazy. Given that world wide there are only a couple of hundred MCAs ( at best ) to make them worth only 3 points – the same as a MCSE seems crazy.

    MS are trying to fix something that wasn’t broken , the old structure of 1 point for MCP, 2 for MCSA, 3 for MCSE and developer quals.

    This is really going to de-incentiveize poeple from pushing for the higher certfications, and make it harder for employers to sort the wheat from the chaff.