Number of MCPs Worldwide

Since I participated in the SQL Server 2008 MCTS beta exams last year I wondered how many people would actually do this.  Now I have found part of the answer.

Microsoft keeps a count of all MCPs, grouped by certificate.  This page is was called Number of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide and is located on the Microsoft Learning site. Update: with a layout update to the Learning site it has been relocated to the By the Numbers tab on the Certification Overview.

Obviously, the certificates that I achieved are mentioned on the page and I must say that I’m quite surprised.  These numbers do not reflect how many people took part of the beta exams but at least everyone that passed them since they became available (either beta or regular) is counted here.  I thought that the counts would be in the thousands range but apparently not.

At this moment (numbers are current as of January 2009) there are 2,381,907 MCPs in the whole wide world.  Out of these, 464 people hold the SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance (70-432) certificate and only 188 passed the SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance (70-448) exam!

Here are some more SQL Server-related certificate counts:

Microsoft credential Certification Worldwide achievers
MCTS SQL Server 2005: Business Intelligence Development 3,119
MCTS SQL Server 2005 47,245
MCTS SQL Server 2008, Database Development 286
MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 1,194
MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 2008 80
MCITP Database Administrator 7,200
MCITP Database Administrator 2008 161
MCITP Database Developer 3,121
MCITP Database Developer 2008 143
MCM Microsoft Certified Master: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 2
MCA Database 18

To be allowed to participate in the MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) exams you need to hold the MCTS degree on the same subject.

When you have succeeded in both MCITP Database Developer AND MCITP Database Administrator the next step is MCM (Microsoft Certified Master).

And finally, if you still have not satisfied your hunger for certification, you can go for MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect).

Have a look at the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Certification site if you’re wanting to invest in your future!


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  1. MS Access Developer’s avatar

    Thanks for the info and links. It sent me off in all directions!


  2. Ricsi’s avatar

    as of 2010.02.14 the number of MCPs worldwide is removed/hidden from the site… no comment to MS


  3. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

    Hmm yeah, I’ve noticed so as well.

    In case anyone from Microsoft reads this: would you mind sharing with us why the numbers page was removed?


  4. RobSilver’s avatar


    Here’s a quick look into what it’s like to attend the MCM – from my perspective 20 months ago. If you are ready, I say, “Go for it!”




    1. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

      Thanks for the link Rob, it’s an interesting read! At moment I’d probably say that I’m not ready for it. In fact, I wasn’t really considering MCM as a possibility due to the cost. But now with the latest incarnation of the MCM program, my view on the certificate will probably change in the future. Nevertheless, at this instant I still consider myself as not ready yet – although I’m only lacking one more certificate in order to be allowed to take the exam.

      Best regards,


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