5-Year-Old Boy Passes Microsoft Certified Professional Exam

5-Year-Old Boy Passes Microsoft Certified Professional Exam

“So easy, a child can do it!” That phrase apparently applies to one 5-year-old boy in particular. While most kids that age are building stuff from LEGOs, one little boy is building his own home network, and passing an exam to become the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional ever.

Ayan Qureshi - The Youngest Microsoft Certified Professional ever


Ayan Qureshi is in many ways a normal young boy […] Ayan—whose dad happens to be an IT consultant—had to answer a selection of multiple choice, drag-n-drop and scenario-based questions to pass the test, which is usually taken by people who want to become IT technicians. He explained to the BBC that he found the exam “difficult but enjoyable.”

“The hardest challenge was explaining the language of the test to a five-year-old. But he seemed to pick it up and has a very good memory,” said Ayan’s father Asim. “Too much computing at this age can cause a negative effect, but in Ayan’s case he has cached this opportunity.”

Mr Qureshi says he introduced his son to computers when he was three years old, leting him play with his old computers, so he could understand hard drives and motherboards. He says he spends around two hours per day learning about software and such.

In addition to passing the exam, Ayan has also built his own home network, and he hopes to set up a UK-based tech hub (ala Silicon Valley) in the future, which he intends to call E-Valley.