Number of MCPs around the world – 2 Million
Since 1992, over 2 million people (2,149,006 to be exact) have achieved the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) status. The top 5 most popular certifications since inception have been:
MCSE NT 4.0 = 395,746
MCSE 2000 = 288,111
MCDBA (SQL 2000) = 147,435
MCSA 2000 = 145,582
MCSA 2003 = 132,509
There are 97 people that have the credentials “MCTS for Windows Mobile 5.0: Application Development.” The only certification with less than 100 individuals.
Interestingly, Microsoft no longer publishes the number of MCTs around the world. At one time there were perhaps as many as 25,000 MCTs. According to Microsoft’s Web site, by August 2002 the number fell to 13,604. By January 2003 the number was further down to 9,797. After that Microsoft decided to quit publishing MCT numbers and now they only publish the numbers for other MCPs.
A detail listing of the number of MCPs is available on Microsoft’s Web site at Number of Microsoft Certified Professionals Worldwide. For numbers from 2002, 2003 and 2005, click here.