Step 3: MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional
With CompTIA out of the way you are ready to move on to some vendor specific certifications.
Because they are so well known, the
are the place that most people start.
First up is MCP
or "Microsoft Certified Professional".
An MCP is earned by taking any current Microsoft exam.
If you plan to stop taking Micosoft exams after earning an MCP,
then it doesn't matter which exam you take.
If you plan on continuing on to earn a MCSA or MCSE,
then you should start with the
Windows 2000 Professional
exam being that it is required for both certifications.
If taking the Windows 2000 Professional exam there is a choice to be made for your study material.
If you will continue all the way to MCSE, then you can save money by buying a set of study guides
which cover to full core four exam set.
The "MCSE: Windows 2000 Core Requirements" from Sybex provides study manuals for the core tests along
with exam notes to review just before testing. Although a hefty purchase up front, it will defray costs
down the road.
If MCSE is not in your future, even if you are going for MCSA or MCDBA, then you are better to only buy the
Windows 2000 Professional study guide.
With this book, the
are available as a separate product
Finally, if you do not have access to a hand on environment, the
Core Requirements Virtual Lab may help prepare you for the exams.
For more information and self study materials, take a look at the
Self Study Certs
to step 4 (MCSA),
to step 2 (Network+), or
to the overview.