Today, Microsoft's certification programs include the most certificants, along with a fairly broad range of offerings. Also, as the biggest player in the software marketplace, Microsoft's programs attract lots of interest and coverage. The company's array of certifications imposes varying requirements that range from completing a single exam to passing as many as seven exams.

Today, Microsoft claims over 2 million certified individuals across its many programs—a population unsurpassed by any other vendor or organization.

Microsoft's exams are richly supported—both with official tools (built by or approved by Microsoft), which include classroom training, self-study kits, computer-based training, online classes, and books—and through a broad range of other publications that cover the same kind of material. Although not as hot as they have been in the past, current industry statistics indicate that Microsoft certifications are still among the most sought-after of all IT certifications.

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