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Microsoft increases price of MCP Certification Exams to $150

From July 1, 2011 Microsoft will be increasing the price of their MCP certifications and exams by 12%. For U.S candidates the new price is $150. Microsoft defended this price rise as covering the continued investment and enhanced certifications program offered.

This price rise affects these certifications:

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
  • Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD)
  • Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA)

Which certifications will not be increased?

Some certifications will NOT see price increases. For example:

  • Microsoft Certified Master (MCM)
  • Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

How much does a Microsoft exam cost now?

The new July 2011 price is an increase of roughly 12%. The old United States price was $125 and it is now $150.

Examples of new prices for other countries:

  • United Kingdom - £99
  • India - $80
  • Brazil - $100
  • Australia – AUD $206
  • France, Germany, Italy (and other EURO countries) – 150 EURO


Although the price increase is substantial, the discounts for students will remain significant. Roughly speaking, the discount for students is about 45%. That's almost half price for any Microsoft exam!

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