SQL certifications have a reputation for being tough to get and to keep, but the $7.9 million Microsoft has paid out for certifications in the past few years could be an indicator of the growing demand for certification.
The company announced the awards on Wednesday, as part of a partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop certification for the Microsoft Certified Professional, or MCP, program.
The program offers training to more than 20,000 people, and it has certified more than 1.5 million software developers.
The certification includes certification for SQL and Oracle, and the program is open to anyone from developers to business leaders.
The program was created by the Office of Information Systems in 2008 to promote and help Microsoft customers make the most of its products.
The company has since expanded the program to include other products, such as Office 365, Skype, Skype for Business, Microsoft Azure, and Bing.
The certification program has seen growth in the last few years.
Microsoft certifications are now offered by companies such as SAP, SAPPHIRE, IBM, and Dell.
The first Microsoft cert was awarded in May.
The Microsoft MCP program is the latest addition to the certification program.
A recent study by the Institute for Business and Entrepreneurship at the University of Southern California estimated that the certification could save companies about $30 billion annually in sales and increase productivity by 50 percent.