Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification validates mastery of Microsoft Office skills that are valuable demonstrating productivity in a wide range of jobs and other life pursuits. Earning MOS certification proves the ability to use Office applications for on the job needs and provides valuable distinction to help students enter higher education or the workforce. Earning an MTA certification is recommended but not required to pursue higher technology certifications.

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification is a product-focused certification intended to demonstrate proficiency with specific Microsoft technologies such as the Windows OS, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Visual Studio.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification validates mastery of the core technical skills required to build a sustainable career. Earning an MCSA certification while in school enables students to develop a professional competency in a classroom setting. Pursuing an MCSA certification is recommended for those with access to hands-on practical experience and a foundation of core knowledge about information technology. An MCSA certification is required in order to become an MCSE.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification validates understanding of basic technology concepts in software development and information technology. Earning MTA certification proves a foundation of knowledge about technology along with the capability and commitment to do entry-level IT jobs. Becoming a Microsoft Technology Associate can give you a strong base to support further learning in computer science or IT infrastructure.

Database administrators continue to grow beyond the commodity status they developed in the early 2000s, now earning the opportunity to shape strategy at many large companies. Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) training helps MBAs learn how to convert their tactics into code, while helping DBAs support long-term platform migrations.

 

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification is recommended for professionals or students in a 4-year academic program. The MCSD builds off the MTA certifications for computer science. Earning MCSD certification while in school enables students to acquire job-like software development experience in a classroom setting. Becoming an MCSD will prepare students to be competitive for mid-level software development jobs.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification demonstrates ability to build innovative professional solutions across multiple technologies, both on-premise and in the cloud. Earning MCSE certification demonstrates readiness for complex, real-world IT workplace requirements for Device Management, Messaging, Private Cloud, Communication Server Infrastructure, SharePoint, Desktop Infrastructure, Data Platform, and Business Intelligence solutions.

The MCT designation is for experts who want to become official Microsoft trainers. Candidates must have a qualifying Microsoft-related cert before initiating the MCT application process.