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FAQ about the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) 

 

Top Questions About Microsoft Professional Program (MPP)

 

What is the Microsoft Professional Program?

The Microsoft Professional Program (MPP) is a collection of courses that teach skills in several core technology tracks that help you excel in the industry's newest job roles.  

These online courses are created and taught by experts and feature quizzes, hands-on labs, and engaging communities. For each track you complete, you earn a certificate of completion from Microsoft proving that you mastered those skills.

The Microsoft Professional Program complements the Microsoft Certification Program (MCP). The MPP was created to help close a skills gap by teaching conceptual and technical skills together for a variety of technologies. 

The MCP tends to focus on validating existing technical skills for people using specific pieces of Microsoft technology. MPP courses have been developed with the part-time student in mind—someone who spends 6–8 hours per week should be able to complete each course in 5–6 weeks. 

This is an estimate; the time commitment will vary by student. People who are already familiar with topics, or those with more time to dedicate per week, may finish courses faster, while others may need additional time to master these skills. 

Cost Per MPP €99 which includes the Certificate and Digital Badge on successful completion of each course, the course is available for 90 days starting every Calendar Quarter.

Why should I consider participating?

The Microsoft Professional Program provides real-world skills and hands-on instruction that keeps pace with the technology industry. These courses can be rigorous but rewarding, with the flexibility to master skills at your own pace, and a robust capstone project that demonstrates your knowledge. Not to mention you get the important credentials employers want.

How do I sign up?

First, sign in to academy.microsoft.com. Next, explore the Microsoft Professional Program tracks, and enroll in the one that fits your career goals.

About July 2018 Changes in MPP Tracks

 

Which MPP tracks have new requirements effective July 2018?

As of July 1, 2018, Microsoft are making changes to the following MPP tracks:

Note: The Cloud Admin, IT Support, and Entry Level Software Dev tracks remain unchanged at this time.

Why are the Microsoft Professional Program tracks changing?

Tracks are routinely evaluated for industry relevance. In some cases, we may replace a course, add new courses and skills, or simply rename an existing option.

Do changes affect tracks completed before July 2018?

No. If you completed a full track before July 2018, updates won’t affect you. You can still take new courses, but it’s not required to keep your track certificate.

Do I get credit for courses that are no longer part of my track?

If you completed a previous requirement before July 2018, you still get credit. If you didn’t successfully complete before July 2018, you need to follow the new track requirements.

What if my track is still in progress?

If you have yet to complete a skill, refer to the new requirements. If a course is currently on edX, you can take it now. Credit will appear on your dashboard once changes take effect July 1, 2018. 

Please note that Microsoft are providing a one-month extension to MPP Data Science and DevOps students. For students currently enrolled in our MPP tracks with added skills (and associated courses), you will have until July 31, 2018 to complete the tracks with the current number of skill and course requirements.
* This extension applies to students in our Data Science and DevOps tracks and will allow you the opportunity to complete the relevant capstone project (available July 1-July 31, 2018). Keep in mind that as of July 1, some of the courses are retiring so if you have not completed the skill stop where a course has been retired, you will need to take one of the new course(s) in July, in addition to the capstone project.
If you can’t complete the track by July 31, you should continue your progress but will need to take one or two extra courses to complete the track under the new curriculum. These new courses will better prepare you for the updated capstones starting in October. * To qualify, you must be enrolled in the MPP Data Science or DevOps track before June 26, 2018 and must link your edX account to your academy.microsoft.com account by July 31, 2018.


About the Microsoft Professional Program (MPP)

 

How much will this cost?

You must purchase Verified Certificates from edX.org or SureSkills.com Learning As A Service (LasS) website as proof of the successful completion of courses in the Microsoft Professional Program. The cost for Verified Certificates varies by course. You may always audit the course for free on edX.org, but "audit mode" does not provide MPP credit.

The Microsoft Professional Program complements the Microsoft Certification Program (MCP). The MPP was created to help close a skills gap by teaching conceptual and technical skills together for a variety of technologies. The MCP tends to focus on validating existing technical skills for people using specific pieces of Microsoft technology.

MPP courses have been developed with the part-time student in mind—someone who spends 6–8 hours per week should be able to complete each course in 5–6 weeks. This is an estimate; the time commitment will vary by student. People who are already familiar with topics, or those with more time to dedicate per week, may finish courses faster, while others may need additional time to master these skills. 

Cost Per MPP €99 which includes the Certificate and Digital Badge on successful completion of each course, the course is available for 90 days starting every Calendar Quarter.

What do I get once I complete the entire track?

You receive a certificate of completion, which is a credential you can share with employers and on your digital profiles and portfolios. To obtain the certificate, you must pass and obtain Verified Certificates for each course in a track, including the final capstone project.

Is the MPP offered worldwide?

Courses are available anywhere students have access to edX.org or od.SureSkills.com. SureSkills is a Learning As A Service Partner (LaaS). At the moment, courses are available only in English.

How is the MPP program different from Microsoft Certification Program?

The Microsoft Professional Program complements the Microsoft Certification Program (MCP). 

The MPP was created to help close a skills gap by teaching conceptual and technical skills together for a variety of technologies. 

The MCP tends to focus on validating existing technical skills for people using specific pieces of Microsoft technology.

When are the courses scheduled?

Each course begins at a quarter (January, April, July, and October) and runs for three months. The final capstone projects last four weeks and are available at the beginning of each quarter. Check the course details page on https://od.SureSkills.com or edX.org for exact dates.

Can I take the courses in any order?

Yes, if you want the certificate, as long as they are completed within their specified session dates. Courses are presented in a suggested order because they often build upon the skills you learn in prior coursework, but you may take them in a different order if you'd like. You may also take them simultaneously. Please note that if multiple course options are listed, you are required to complete only one of those options.

Why did you change the name from Microsoft Professional Degree to Microsoft Professional Program (MPP)?

Microsoft wanted to change the emphasis from the outcome (the credential) to highlight the multifaceted program that they offer. The full program offers job-relevant, skills-based learning, and does so by way of an industry-validated learning path and rich course content.

If I took a course before registering for the Microsoft Professional Program, will I get credit retroactively?

Yes, if the Verified Certificate is for a current version of the course. As of January 2018, courses must have started no earlier than May 16, 2016, to be considered current.

I took a class before Microsoft Professional Program was announced. Can I get credit for the courses I took?

If you passed the course prior to May 16, 2016, you will need to retake it because course content has been updated and the grading policies have been revised.

Can I take the courses in the track and not sign up for the Verified Certificates of completion?

You are welcome to audit any online course for free. However, the only way to receive completion credit toward an MPP learning path is to obtain a Verified Certificate.

Can I take the courses on a mobile device?

Yes. You can watch course videos on any device. However, the hands-on components of some courses require a Windows computer.

Is this exclusively online? Or will I need to take tests in person?

All course materials and graded assignments are online.

Do I have as long as I want to take each course?

No. Each course has a defined start and end date, called a "run." To complete a course, all gradable assignments and tests must be passed before the run's end date.

What are my options if I don’t pass a course initially?

If the course is scheduled for another run and is still a valid track requirement, you may retake the course and try again.

Can I complete the track over multiple quarters?

Yes—track completions can be spread over multiple quarters. However, Microsoft reserves the right to modify track requirements. If they need to remove a course from an MPP track, they will provide notice to those who have enrolled in the track.

Where can I take MPP courses?

All MPP courses are currently provided through edX.org. MPP courses are now also provided through https://od.sureskills.com a long stand Microsoft Learning Partner.

If I have completed a course with a training provider will I get credit towards a track in the MPP?

Yes – if the course maps directly to a skill in an eligible MPP track. You will need to enroll in the Microsoft Professional Program track to receive course credit.

How do I get MPP credit for a course I have taken through SureSkills?

The first step is to get your Microsoft Course Completion Certificate by following the instructions in the Microsoft Partner’s course. Once you have signed in on academy.microsoft.com and obtained your course certificate, navigate to the profile page and select the dashboard link. At this point, you must enroll in the appropriate MPP track. After enrolling, you should now see course progress reflected in the MPP track detail page. Note that you do not need to link your edX account, unless you are also taking MPP courses on edX.org.