Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certifications

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Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certifications

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This week Microsoft announced a new set of entry level certifications that may be of interest to many schools and colleges/universities. Personally I think that this is just the sort of program that many career/technical high schools have been waiting for. The program is called the Microsoft Technology Associate program. There are seven exams in two categories – Developer and Information Technology.

Developer Exams

  • Software Development Fundamentals
  • Web Development Fundamentals
  • Windows Development Fundamentals
  • Database Fundamentals

IT Professional Exams

  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Security Fundamentals
  • Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

More information from the Microsoft Technology Associate FAQ

Q. What is the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification?

A. The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is a new, entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer.

An MTA certification is based on 80 percent knowledge and 20 percent skills. The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS), which requires hands-on experience with the Microsoft technology platform.

Students can download and install a complete developer tool set at no cost through the DreamSpark Program.

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  • Amazing. I really liked your blog as it provides me with useful information. Thanks for sharing and posting it.

  • I don't understand why these certifications are only for students who are enrolled in a institution that enrolls in this program. Brick and mortar colleges rarely sign up for anything that deal with certifications. This will only benefit For-profit schools.

    MTA exams should be available for any student with a .edu email and student ID. Also exam material should be given for free for basic exams such as these via dreamspark or certiport. The only thing the student should have to pay for is the voucher.

    The idea of these certifications are great, especially the developer certifications. But I believe Microsoft is taking the wrong route only allowing student who are enrolled in a for-profit school to take them as these are the only institutions that purchase this type of service.

  • Actually a lot of public vo-tech or career/technical high schools have been asking for something like this for quite a while. I think a lot of them will sign up for this. So will a lot of public community colleges I know of.  We'll see what happens in the long run but please keep an open mind for now. Thanks for the comment!

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