As part of the 20th anniversary of its technology certifications, Microsoft has announced that during that time 7 million people have been certified via Microsoft’s technology training programs.

Microsoft introduced its certification program in 1992 to help validate skills associated with its products and services, providing a way for individuals to be recognised by their employers and potential customers for their expertise in a particular field.

Over the years, Microsoft has added certifications for a number of new products across its mobile, desktop and server platforms. The company says that in the past year alone, more than 1 million people took Microsoft Certification exams, helped by 17,000 Microsoft Certified Trainers, 1,400 Learning Partners and 5,000 Prometric testing centers all over the world.

Moving forward, the Redmond-based software giant will give away up to 5,000 entry-level Microsoft Technology Associate certification exams and training via charitable organisations, ensuring that those that are less fortunate are able to pursue their dream of becoming a Microsoft certified professional.