Microsoft Technical Certifications are broadly grouped in series that map to job roles. If you are new to technology, you might want to start by exploring our Specialist Series certifications. Seasoned IT professionals and developers should consider our Professional or Master Series certifications.
The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) series certifications are designed to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of a key Microsoft product or technology, validating your ability to implement, build, troubleshoot, and debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as Windows Server, Microsoft .NET Framework, or Microsoft SQL Server. Choose from more than 30 certifications, with more being added as new technologies are introduced.
Earning an MCTS certification typically requires that you successfully pass one to two exams and have at least one year of relevant experience.
The Professional Series certifications, which include the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certifications are designed to help you validate a comprehensive set of job-related skills, such as project management, system design, operations management, and planning. They can help demonstrate your focus on a single job role, which can help provide a reliable indicator of on-the-job performance. Typically, a Professional Series certification requires that you pass one to two exams and have one or more Specialist Series certifications.
Choose from two Professional Series certifications, which are based on job roles:
The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) certifications are designed to help show that you can successfully design and implement solutions that solve highly complex business challenges. The courses are taught by qualified technology specialists from Microsoft and Microsoft partner organizations that offer advanced technical training.
MCM certifications involve professional-level classroom training, labs that incorporate real-world customer scenarios, and both computer- and lab-based exams. Choose from certifications that focus on specific technologies, such as Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Windows Server 2008 – Directory, Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
The Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certification is designed to validate your skills as a qualified professional in IT architecture. Usually people who achieve this certification have five or more years of advanced experience and proven technical expertise and leadership. To obtain the MCA certification, you must demonstrate competencies of business acumen and technology proficiency during a Review Board interview with a panel of industry experts. Three certification tracks are available: