I was moving my Microsoft Certified Professional ID over to Applied Tech today and noticed “MCPS and MCNPS” listed under “Tracks and Specializations”. 

If you’re not familiar with the alphabet soup of Microsoft Certifications:

  • MCAD – Microsoft Certified Application Developer
  • MCDBA – Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
  • MCDST – Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician
  • MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional
  • MCLC – Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant
  • MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MCPD – Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
  • MCSA – Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • MCSD – Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
  • MCSE – Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • MCT – Microsoft Certified Trainer
  • MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
  • MOS – Microsoft Office Specialist
  • MSBC – Microsoft Business Certifications (New)
  • Microsoft Certified Architect Program

Oddly, the following certs don’t show up on the Microsoft site:

  • MCNPS – Microsoft Certified Networking Product Specialist 
  • MCPS – Microsoft Certified Product Specialist

They do show up in a Google search (albeit usually in people’s sig lines on message boards).  Apparently, the MCPS and MCNPS show up when you pass the 70-282.  I called Russ Grover and chatted up Susan on IM, but still no URL of proof. 

I’ve also seen this one:

  • MCPSI – Microsoft Certified Professional in Systems Integration

Not sure if that one is real or not.  I’ll do some research and post back when I get an authoritative answer.

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    1. Email from Microsoft.

      From: <>
      Sent: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 11:08 AM
      To: "EMEA MCP" <>
      Subject: Re: MCP Ref./ Certification Acronyms
      > Dear Customer,
      > Thank you for your e-mail.
      > We have investigated this for you and found the following answers to
      > your query.
      > 1) MCPS – Microsoft Certified Product Specialist
      > 2) MCNPS – Microsoft Certified Network Protocol Specialist
      > Basically you have passed one or more exams that align with the
      > requirements for one of the partner competences.
      > Usually the MCNPS is followed by something like "AOS – example
      > competency"
      > (AOS stands for Area Of Specialization)
      > If you have any further questions please get in touch with us and we
      > will be happy to assist you in any way we can.
      > Kind regards,
      > Sean Sweeney
      > Microsoft Partner Regional Support Centre
      > Contacts:

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