On July 7, 2010 at the Education Leaders Forum Microsoft announced a new certification program for fundamental Information Technology and development skills called the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA). Unlike more advanced Microsoft certifications, the MTA targets students with no prior IT or development experience or employment. It is available exclusively in educational settings and is designed to easily integrate into the curricula of existing computer classes. The MTA will eventually be available in thousands of high schools, vocational programs, and colleges in the U.S. and other countries. Testing will be conducted by Certiport, a commercial testing service, at participating schools.
Visit the MTA website (and click here to view the Microsoft PressPass feature). The program’s FAQs are here.
Here are the exams offered through the MTA program:
Software Development Fundamentals
Windows Development Fundamentals
Web Development Fundamentals
Database Administration Fundamentals
IT professional exams
Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
And here are the MTA exam certification paths:
Some benefits for participating students:
These exams could also be taken by adult? (i.e. not student anymore)
It could be interesting to get these certifications like a first step toward the MCTS level.
Pablo Bernal, the Product Manager for this effort, says this: "Yes, you have to be a student at an academic institution that has purchased either a Campus License or individual vouchers for MTA. It doesn’t matter your age, but you do need the student status. Faculty and staff at licensed academic institutions could take the exams as well."
Ah well, then I cannot support these exams.
I stopped being a student around twenty years ago ;-)