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Microsoft has created a number of training initiatives, with the intention of creating a pool of low-cost employees with skills relating partly or exclusively to Microsoft products. The best known of these is the MCSE qualification, standing for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer. In order to achieve a MCSE certification a candidate must pass a designated number of certification exams.

Whilst the MCSE certifies familiarity with Microsoft products, it is not, as its name suggests, an engineering qualification. Unkind people have been known to refer to MCSE as "must consult someone experienced", or "Minesweeper Consultant and Solitaire Expert".

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