Microsoft certifications validate the skills to implement business solutions using Microsoft technologies.
Microsoft provides the core business and productivity software that organizations depend on. Regardless of your industry or career path, having a clear understanding of Microsoft technologies (and the certifications to back it up) will help accelerate your IT career.
Microsoft is continually updating its certification program to align with the latest technologies and job roles. As of 2017, the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) program has three key skill levels: Technology Associate (MTA), Solutions Associate (MCSA), and Solutions Expert (MCSE/MCSD).
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications demonstrate fundamental knowledge in a key technical discipline, such as software development, databases, networking and security. These certificates are designed for students and individuals not yet working in the IT industry, but who plan on beginning a career in one of these vital tech domains. MTA certifications demand no prerequisites, and are not required to reach the next levels of Microsoft certification.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications are designed for working IT professionals and job-seekers in the early stages of their career. MCSA certifications demonstrate the ability to build on-site and cloud-based solutions in one of Microsoft’s core technology platforms, e.g., Windows Server, Windows Client, SQL Server, Azure or Office. Solutions Associate certificates are a prerequisite to reach Microsoft's expert-level credentials.
Microsoft's expert class of credentials includes Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications for IT professionals, and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications for software developers. Where the MCSA certificate measures skills in a single core technology, Microsoft's expert-level certifications validate an individual’s wide-ranging technical skills and ability to build on-premise and cloud-optimized solutions incorporating multiple Microsoft platforms.
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
MOS certifications are the only credential to validate hands-on skills in the ultra-popular productivity apps in Microsoft Office, i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook. Whether you want to advance your career or simply increase your personal productivity, earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification will take your skills to the next level and demonstrate your expertise.
Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
Microsoft Certified Trainers are the technical experts and leading instructors of Microsoft technologies. MCTs are the only individuals allowed to deliver Microsoft-authorized classes and certification prep using Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) courseware and labs. Getting MCT certified opens up a range of career opportunities at computer training centers, universities, and public & private organizations that conduct in-house training.
MCPs have the skills and expertise to maximize the ROI of Microsoft software and hardware.
Microsoft Certified Professionals are proven to be more efficient and productive in the workplace.
Businesses employing MCPs can leverage the power of the Microsoft brand to attract and win new business.
Companies employing Microsoft Certified Professionals experience less downtime and lower employee turnover.