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The lifetime benefits of Microsoft Certifications

The Microsoft Imagine Academy program prepares educators and students for industry-recognized certifications.

Technology is everywhere. There is a need to provide appropriate business software and technology skills necessary in everyday life, whether it is basic computer skills or advanced technical skills. Almost every job today requires some form of technology skills.

By earning a Microsoft Certification students will:

  • Demonstrate their skills on the latest technologies.
  • Have a firm measure and increased confidence in their skills.
  • Achieve a greater degree of success in their pursuit of higher education or a career.
  • Gain recognition among peers and employers, and a distinct edge in the competitive job market.
  • Chart a career development path for ongoing Microsoft skills.
Image of Microsoft’s area of study. The image depicts three areas: self-study, student credentials and educator professional development each showing the path of certification available


Secondary Students

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."

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.

Post-Secondary Students and Professionals

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 to become an MCSE.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification is recommended for professionals or students in a 4-year academic program. The MCSD builds off the MTA certification 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.

Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification demonstrates that educators have achieved technology literacy in six content areas, mapped to the UNESCO ICT Competency Framework for Teachers, Technology Literacy.

The total number of certifications is 3.22 certifications per student. I am beaming with pride at what they accomplished!

Marty Roettgen, Teacher, Green Hope High School, Cary, North Carolina, USA