Ensuring the validity of certification

Leading on from this question about certification, if I get someone interviewing for a job who says they are an MCP, or MCDBA, or MCTS, or MCITP, or even MVP, how can I check their credentials? Especially if I haven't participated in any of these schemes and don't understand the validity periods and what constitutes 'proof'

So, based on the answers so far, someone can claim to have certification, and if they decline to share the information, there is no way of independently checking the validity?

MCPs : 'MCPs can elect to share their certification information by providing you with their Transcript ID and their Access Code'

MVPs : 'The Microsoft MVP Awardee directory contains a listing of all the MVPs that want to share their information publicly'


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asked Nov 03, 2009 at 04:33 PM in Default

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Looks like you have struck on another revenue stream scenario for Microsoft :)
Nov 04, 2009 at 11:42 AM Blackhawk-17
I think Microsoft makes them optional to avoid potential legal issues related to privacy. If you obtain a certification (or are an MVP awardee), and you want to use that to help you get a job, then why would you also choose to hide the information? Hmm ... I have 6 Microsoft certifications plus 10 others and have won multiple MVP awards, but I like my privacy and can't prove any of this. Will you hire me? ;)
Nov 04, 2009 at 01:09 PM Tom Staab
I can independently check someone's academic qualifications. Not saying anyone wouldn't share the info, I was just playing devil's advocate.....
Nov 04, 2009 at 02:34 PM Kev Riley ♦♦
In general, if they decline to share their certifications upon request then it is safe to assume they are not valid. After all, if they told you in the first place they obvious do not consider it private.
Nov 04, 2009 at 02:50 PM TimothyAWiseman
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3 answers: sort voted first

MCPs can elect to share their certification information by providing you with their Transcript ID and their Access Code.

The site you need is here:


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answered Nov 03, 2009 at 04:36 PM

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Since MVP designation is an award given by Microsoft and not a certification like the others, you need to check another site for that:


Of course, anyone claiming to have won a relevant MVP award better ace that interview!

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answered Nov 03, 2009 at 05:42 PM

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There are 268 SQL Server MVPs listed worldwide on the site, including a few that participate here.

Nov 03, 2009 at 05:47 PM Tom Staab
Being an MVP in a particular doesn't mean that you know everything across it. Any MVP will tell you that! Generally, it means that Microsoft see you as valuable. It's good for companies, because Microsoft can say "Try these guys - they have a couple of MVPs working there..."
Nov 04, 2009 at 04:24 AM Rob Farley
Rob: So true. The lack of transparency around the MVP award, however, doesn't help you to ascertain WHY someone was awarded an MVP.
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