Windows certifications

Getting certified on the Windows operating system can help you reach your goals. In today’s increasingly complex IT environment, a Windows certification helps prove to customers and employers that you have the technical skills necessary to do the job.

Heard about the coming Windows 8 updates, called Windows 8.1? Read the FAQs below to find out how we are updating our certifications.

Choose a certification below:

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

The fundamentals of IT

Microsoft  Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level

The skills for your professional career

Other certifications

The lifespan of a certification varies, based on certification track and certification technology. See lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

Validates your ability to deploy operating systems and desktop applications and to manage the client life cycle. When you pass these exams, you also earn the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

Certification

Required exam

Windows 7, Configuring

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Validates your ability to identify the cause and resolution of desktop application, network, and security issues. Also helps validate your ability to support and maintain systems and mobile devices that run Windows 7. When you pass these exams, you also earn the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

Certification

Required exam

Windows 7, Configuring

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration

Validates your ability to understand the functions and features of Windows 7 and to troubleshoot network connectivity and application issues.

Title

Required exam

Windows 7, Configuring

MCTS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deployment

Validates your ability to deploy, maintain, and upgrade to Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2010.

Title

Required exam

TS: Windows 7 and Office 2010, Deploying

See the following tables for upgrade paths from older certifications.

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Step

Title

Optional training

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8

MCSA SQL Server 2012

You can upgrade this certification to the MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure certification.

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator

Step

Title

Required exam

Certification earned

1

Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012

MCSA SQL Server 2012

2

Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure

3

Implementing Desktop Application Environments

 

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

MCITP: Enterprise Support Technician on Windows Vista

MCDST (Windows XP)

Step

Title

Required exam

Certification earned

1

PRO: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

MCSA SQL Server 2012

Passing this exam also earns you an MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician Windows 7 certification and an MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration certification.

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address the Windows client certifications. Visit the certification overview or exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

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Starting January 28, 2014, certification exams and Microsoft Official Courseware (MOC) offerings will be updated with Windows 8.1 and Windows Intune content.

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Any exams you already passed will count toward credit for the associated certification, and courses that are in market are a great way to help you prepare for the new exams. On January 28, 2014, the exams are updated with Windows 8.1 and Windows Intune content. If you did not complete your certification prior to January 28, 2014, we recommend that you review what changes are reflected in the exams so that you can study the necessary new or updated information.

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As new technology updates become available, you will see a variety of training offered through Microsoft Learning Partners. These resources include First Look clinics, hands-on labs, and courses using Microsoft Official Course content. In addition, many training resources will be available to you directly through the Microsoft Virtual Academy. Check back for more information at www.microsoft.com/learning/.