Microsoft have reinvented the Microsoft Certification Program by building cloud-related skills validation into the industry’s most recognized certification program
The new Microsoft certification program, reinvented for the cloud, reflects and validates the changing role of IT Professionals as they develop cloud and hybrid computing expertise. Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is Microsoft’s new flagship certification for IT professionals.
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) training and certification delivers essential technology skills and an industry-recognized certification to those just starting a career path in Information Technology (IT), or those looking to enhance their understanding of IT fundamentals. MTA skills development instils practical knowledge on how to apply Microsoft technologies to solve today’s business challenges, and is the gateway to the advanced Microsoft certifications that distinguish the industry’s best IT professionals and software developers.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) are Microsoft’s flagship certifications for professionals who want to lead their IT organization’s journey to the cloud. These certifications recognize IT professionals with broad and deep skill sets across Microsoft solutions.
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) is the certification for aspiring IT professionals and is also the prerequisite certification necessary to earn an MCSE. The Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) is the ultimate destination for the most experienced MCSEs.
These new certifications integrate cloud-related and on premise skills validation in order to support organizations and recognize individuals who have the skills required to be productive using Microsoft technologies.
On-premise or in the cloud, Microsoft training and certification empowers technology professionals to expand their skills and gain knowledge directly from the source. Securing these essential skills will allow you to grow your career and make yourself indispensable as the industry shifts to the cloud.
The latest Microsoft certification paths are:
- MCSA Windows Server 2008
- MCSA Windows Server 2012
- MCSA SQL Server 2012
- MCSA Windows 8
- MCSE Messaging
- MCSE Communication
- MCSE SharePoint
- MCSE Business Intelligence
- MCSE Data Platforms
- MCSE Private Cloud
- MCSE Desktop Infrastructure 2012
- MCSE Server Infrastructure 2012
The existing MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD certifications are currently valuable in the market and will remain valuable as long as companies are using the technology covered in these certifications. As new technologies are released, they will be released in the new certification structure. Over time, the MCTS, MCITP, and MCPD certifications will retire and will transition to a legacy status.
Choose your path to success.
Whether you’re an experienced IT professional or new to the field, we have the training and certification path that will help lead you to success. Certification is available for a diverse spectrum of job roles and responsibilities, and validates your ability to get the job done right.
Frequently asked questions about Microsoft IT certifications:
What is the re-certification requirement?
In order to ensure that our certifications are meaningful and valuable indicators of candidates’ skills, Microsoft has implemented a recertification requirement for the MCSE and MCSD certifications. MCSE candidates will be required to recertify every three years, while MCSD candidates will recertify every two years. Initially, recertification requires passing one or two exams. Microsoft is exploring other recertification options and will announce those options as appropriate.
How long is a Microsoft Certification valid?
Microsoft Certifications are valuable in the market and will remain valuable as long as companies are using the technologies covered in the certification. Over time, certifications will be withdrawn and eventually will transition to a “legacy” status. Legacy Microsoft Certifications will appear on your transcript designated as such. Refer to the certification page for the most current information regarding status.
Are there upgrade paths available for Microsoft Certifications?
Depending on the certification you have achieved, most certifications have an upgrade path available.
Which certification should I start with?
For those new to technology, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is the recommended starting point for our certifications. Although not required, MTA certifications provide a solid foundation for those preparing for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and MCSD certifications. Those who have been working with the technology should start with the MCSA or MCSD certification. These are prerequisites for any further certifications. The MCSA certification validates that job seekers have a minimum set of skills to hit the ground running.
What do I gain from passing a Microsoft Certification exam?
When you pass your first Microsoft Certification exam, you become a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) community with access to all of the benefits provided through the Microsoft Certification Program. You can share your transcript with others to prove that you passed that exam and show your progress towards a specific certification. In some cases, such as when you pass an MTA or Specialist exam, that single exam will also earn you the associated certification.
Why don’t all of the certification titles include version numbers?
Certifications that require recertification are not “versioned” because they may cover multiple technologies.
Will I be able to earn a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification for passing exams that count towards the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification?
MCITP: Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certifications are withdrawn.