Microsoft ITCAN, is a program of excellence for people to build their capabilities using the leading technologies provided by Microsoft, and to support them start rewarding careers.

Cloud computing is identified as one of the fastest growing areas in IT. To cope with this fast paced growth, IT companies are increasingly looking to hire talented individuals with skills in Managed Services, Project Services, IP Services and other cloud sales, as well as deployment skills.

Microsoft is a leader in providing Cloud services. Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision spans across public, hybrid and public cloud. This vision is generating more demand for cloud-enabledsales and technical professionals.

In order to address this rising demand for Cloud-enabled technical & sales professionals, Microsoft is launching a Cloud Academy program in collaboration with New Horizons Training.

Cloud Academy will offer dedicated training to students in Microsoft’s public cloud, equipping them to appear for the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam, giving them a chance to improve their employability and growth prospects.

The Cloud Academy training course will span over six weeks and will be held in Khobar, Riyadh, and Jeddah at the same time. The first batch of Cloud Academy is targeted to commence from March 2, 2014. The material will cover a variety of Cloud Computing topics with a mix of theory as well as lab work using Microsoft Office Curriculum. As part of the launch, we are seeking applications from talented students who will meet the criteria listed in the eligibility tab.

Be the main engine for capability development and employability of Saudi youth in the IT industry to enable the use of technology in the Public and Private sectors in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Microsoft ITCAN aims to train Saudi youth and enrich the Saudi workplace with highly skilled professionals in the IT industry.
To sign up for Microsoft ITCAN: Cloud Academy, you need to:
  • Be a male Saudi National, age 21-25 years old
  • Have above average English language skills (Reading, writing, and comprehension)
  • Be currently unemployed and available full time for the full six weeks program
  • Pass the Application Examination (Qualified applicants will be contacted to set a date)
  • Fresh university graduates, with major in Computer Science or software engineering or related IT discipline
  • Basic knowledge of general computing concepts
  • Some experience working with Windows Client operating systems such as Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited to appear for the selection interview.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to appear for the selection interview.


Applications Start

Tuesday March 9, 2014 8:00AM


Application deadline

Wednesday March 19, 2014 5:00PM


Announcement of accepted applications

Thursday March 20, 2014 5:00PM


Classes begin

Sunday March 23, 2014 8:00AM


Exam preparations

Tuesday - Wednesday April 29-30, 2014


Exams and end of program

Thursday May 1st, 2014 5:00PM


Graduation ceremony




Fundamentals of a Windows Server Infrastructure

5 Days

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

5 Days

Administering Windows Server 2012

5 Days

Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

5 Days

Office 365 Ignite Technical

15 Hours

Office Ignite Technical - Applications & Workloads

18 Hours

Technical Windows Azure Architecture

11 Hours

Deploying Office 365


Administering Office 365


Candidates for this program will be trained for proficiency in Microsoft Public Cloud i.e. O365 deployment in different scenarios. Due to rising demand of O365, there is an increasing demand for IT professionals with cloud deployment skill. We expect that candidates who undertake this training and complete the certification will increase their competitiveness in job opportunities which appear for IT professionals both in public as well as private sectors.

Furthermore, for candidates interested in entrepreneurship, this training will also equip the candidates to set up their own IT practice in cloud deployment.
Before attending this training track, students must have:
  • General IT or Programming background
  • Basic knowledge of computing concepts
  • Some experience working with Windows Client operating systemssuch as Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • Good command of English language


Microsoft ITCAN competitions provide a way for students to improve their skills through Windows applications, tools and learning centers. Winners will get considerable prizes and recognition from Microsoft around the world. Moreover, they may also qualify to participate in the Microsoft Imagine Cup. Microsoft ITCAN offers a variety of categories that a group of Microsoft ITCAN students can choose from.

Students must use their imagination and inspiration to come up with a solution for one of the Saudi community’s toughest problems.

Applications developed by ITCAN students

  • ITCAN Classifier
  • Entrepreneurs’ Oasis
  • My Memory
  • School System
  • Credit Card Replace
  • Where to Go
  • The Pocket Care
  • My Personal Card
  • Reach Me
  • Blood Donation
  • Hide Info
  • Manage It
Microsoft ITCAN competition has three main categories, which are:
  • Windows Phone 7 Applications (WP7)
  • Web Applications
  • Xbox Games


Microsoft ITCAN is the place where my qualification can makea difference. And Microsoft ITCAN generates the new me.
فاطمة الاصقه
Fatimah Al Asgah
Microsoft ITCAN program consists of two important words, Microsoft which gave me the key of technology and IT CAN which gave me the key of creativity and success.
عبدالعزيز العامودي
Abdulaziz Alamoudi
I was very fortunate to be in the program's pilot group, and it was amazingly very rich - and fun - experience. I was trained by very competent very remarkable professionals, made many new friends, and got all I needed to start my career confidently.
عمر الغامدي
Omar Al-Ghamedi
تعلمت الكثير وأتمنى أن يعمم هذا المشروع على جميع خريجي الجامعات لفائدته ولردم الفجوة بين التعليم وسوق العمل. شكراً مايكروسوفت.
نادر الغامدي
Nader Al Ghamdi
من أروع الفرص التي اغتنمتها في حياتي وإن كان هناك مجالاً لتكرارها فلن أتردد أبداً فقد كانت فرصة للتعبير عن أحلامنا وطموحاتنا وكيفية المبادرة والسعي إلى تحقيقها. أضاف لنا إتقان الكثير على المستوى التقني والشخصي وقمنا بتغيرات ملحوظة للأفضل اجتماعياً وعلمياً، خرجنا من هذا البرنامج الرائع بكمية كبيرة من المعلومات والفوائد بعد أن قضينا فيه أروع أوقاتنا التي استطعنا من خلالها تكوين أجمل علاقات وصداقات من مدربات ومتدربات٫ وأنا فخورة جداً كوني من أول دفعة تخرجت من هذا البرنامج. قد تكون الكلمات لا تكفي للتعبير أو للشكر، ولكن شكراً لكل الجهود الجبارة التي بذلت ولكل القائمين على البرنامج.
الجوهرة الداود
Aljoharah Aldawood
تعجز الكلمات عن الحديث عن أولئك الذين منحونا العزم تلو العزم لنتخطى الصعاب ونقف واثقي الخطى. فلكم كل الشكر والتقدير لما أضفتموه لنا من إتقان للوصول إلى أهدافنا المنشودة. فشكراً لكم من القلب.
فاطمة الاصقه
Fatimah AL-Yousif