Originally posted on the UK Faculty Connection Blog.
This is a question, I seem to be asked a lot at present….
How do Microsoft certifications relate to academic or vocational qualifications?
If your an existing Microsoft IT Academy member, we have lots of information on certification mapping available in the IT Academy members-only site that gives an overview. However, it is also possible by accessing the QCF Database. This database holds information relating to qualifications and units that are approved by Ofqual. Generally this means that they are available for delivery as components of academic or vocational programs of learning. Microsoft certifications relate to Units on the QCF.
Here are a few pointers:
The following information shows how to check the detail of Microsoft Units and their possible inclusion in Qualifications:
Go to http://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Unit
6.1 and 6.2 cover ICT. Search on both. 6.1 lists IT Professional Qualifications (Practitioner)and 6.2 Lists IT User qualifications. You will be able to view or export to a spread sheet. The data includes Level and Credit values. Obviously it is possible to search for Microsoft in the exported data.
Double click on the Unit Reference number and it will display the Learning Outcomes
Use the link half way down the page, “View Unit’s Qualifications” and it will list all the qualifications that contain the Unit.
Select the Unit and this now gives more information on the qualification
And if you continue to scroll down the Ofqual Qualification page there is an additional link right at the bottom to the Performance Figures
Microsoft certifications can attract Performance Points as Units within a Qualification
An alternative way is to search for Microsoft at the initial stage by entering “Microsoft” in the title box. The list can then be accessed in the same way as above.
The following document “Curriculum mapping to Standards” gives an overview of mapping.
ITSkillsman are a Microsoft Academic Service Partner (MASP) and are able to provide independent advice on the inclusion of Microsoft certifications in programmes of learning.
For more information please contact Mike Evans. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.itskillsman.co.uk or www.itcertsolutions.co.uk