This Just In: Proof Not Really In Pudding


There are lots of ways a job candidate or employee might show you proof of certification: certificate, wallet card, transcript print out, score report, tatoo, note from his mother, in the pudding…. but my recommendation is to ask him or her to provide access to their official transcript via the Transcript Sharing Tool on the MCP site.


All Microsoft Certified Professionals, worldwide, have access to the MCP site where they can see their official transcript. There is a tool on the site that lets the MCP “share” their transcript on the microsoft.com platform. The MCP can give you a password, plus their transcript ID, then you can log-in and view their transcript on microsoft.com. At any point, the MCP can change the password to control access.


Some people post their code for anyone to check out–I have seen trainers include a transcript-sharing code on a website–while other MCPs would only share a code in a cover letter or at hiring manager request, for temporary access only.


Because of privacy restrictions, Microsoft can not provide or validate an individual’s certification or exam history for hiring managers and employers; you will need to request this information directly from your candidates. In the long run, requesting proof is a positive step toward controlling certification piracy–and your candidate should appreciate your interest in “the real thing.”


MCPs can learn more on the MCP site here: https://mcp.microsoft.com/mcp/tools/MCPDirectoryPreferences.aspx. While we are on the subject, please bring me some pudding. I am in building 18.

Comments (6)

  1. Arie de Haan says:

    And while you are at it, there is also a great Certification Planner tool, altho i think it hasn’t been updated to reflect the newest certs.

    BTW, do you think it will be possible in the future to put some kind of filter on what you want to display with the transcript sharing? Because if i only want them to see my certs and not all the exams i took and all the courses i can teach, there is no way to filter that out righ now

    And here is your Pudding:

    http://www.diacenter.org/dunning/german/pudding.html

  2. Andy says:

    I made a chocolate pudding pie for my mom’s birthday last weekend.

  3. What kind? Remember after the pudding, there is always room for J-E-L-L-O.

  4. S.Y. Paul Lai says:

    The link is "…MCPDirectory…"!  I understand Microsoft shouldn’t provide candidate histroy to employers.  However, it would be great if a person can make part of his/her information public, without the need of the access code.

    For example a person named "Paul Lai" want to show all his certificates with the certification date.  He logons his MCP account, selects 2 to 3 checkboxes and click "Submit" – "I agree.".  When someone wants to find out all MCPDs sorted by certification date, he can get a result like that:

    MCPDs in the world (20 of 1433)

    2006-02-09  Man Super

    2006-02-10  (anonymous)

    2006-02-12  Developer Great

    2006-02-18  (anonymous)

    2006-02-18  (anonymous)

    2006-03-01  Paul Lai

    2006-03-03  (anonymous)

  5. trikah@microsoft.com says:

    hmmmm. cool idea.

  6. NiallM says:

    THat wouldnt be bad at all.. I use my Transcript sharing code so that if they ever need to look they can. Great idea above tho.

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