Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

The fundamentals of IT

What is MTA?

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances your technical credibility. Note MTA exams do not qualify for MCP certification, nor are they a prerequisite for MCSA or MCSD certification.

MTA certification tracks

You can earn an MTA certification by passing an exam in one of the following tracks, depending on your interests and career goals.

View the full list of certification paths you can pursue with an MTA certification.

For more details on MTA certification options, click one of the following tracks:

Are you a technology educator or administrator?

Many academic institutions seek to educate students on the latest and most relevant technologies, and Microsoft MTA certifications enable you to do just that. You can validate students’ information technology (IT) knowledge and their product and solutions building skills, and students can graduate with Microsoft Certifications along with their diplomas. By offering Microsoft Certifications, you can attract career-conscious students to your institution and provide your school with the recognition that comes with offering trusted, relevant certifications from an industry leader.

The recommended entry level path for students is Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) skills development. After students are well versed in the basics, they can begin preparing for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification. Business students can enhance their business skills and differentiate themselves by validating their technology literacy with MTA certification.

MTA campus license

Integrating the MTA campus license into your IT program can help your institution stand out as an innovative technology curriculum provider, while offering students an opportunity to earn a Microsoft Certification—right in the classroom. MTA campus licenses are available in varying sizes, so there is sure to be one that fits your institution’s needs. Exams can be administered and proctored by your educators anywhere on campus, anytime it’s convenient for you, without classroom or desktop restrictions. Certiport is Microsoft’s academic authorized exam delivery partner for MTA, and you can purchase MTA campus licenses and academic vouchers through Certiport.

Are you enrolled in high school, college, or university?

If you’re new to technology, start with MTA training and certification. MTA certifications allow you to explore career options in IT and validate your understanding of core concepts in IT infrastructure, databases, and software development. They can also help prepare you for more advanced technology education and certifications. If you’re a business student, consider MTA certification as a degree-enrichment opportunity that provides you with a core understanding of how technology impacts business.

Each MTA certification can be earned in one semester and can be used to demonstrate your capability and commitment when applying for entry-level IT positions.

Ask whether your school offers MTA in the classroom, or locate a Certiport test center. To register for your MTA exam, you will need to provide your student ID.

New to technology?

MTA certification provides that essential “first step” and the baseline understanding you need to successfully pursue advanced certifications, such as the MCSA, MCSE, and MCSD.

If you’re a business professional looking to develop or enhance your IT skills, MTA training and certification can give you the fundamental IT knowledge you need to contribute to business and technology decisions in a more meaningful way. What’s more, an MTA certification proves to business managers and hiring managers that you understand the critical role that IT plays in business and that you have enhanced your professional skills with a working knowledge of IT.

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Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

Is MTA a required prerequisite for MCSA or MCSD?

No, MTA is not required. MTA is for people new to technology, who need to validate their knowledge of fundamental concepts before moving on to more advanced certifications, such as MCSA and MCSD.

How many exams do I need to pass to earn an MTA certification?

To earn an MTA certification, you need to pass one exam.

Will MTA certifications expire?

No, MTA certifications do not expire.

What do I get when I earn an MTA certification?

Earning an MTA certification helps prove your knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. Having a validated certification from Microsoft can help you launch a successful career.

Where can I take my MTA certification exam?

If you are a student, find out whether your school is set up as a Certiport testing center and is signed up to administer MTA certification exams. If it is, your teacher or a proctor can deliver your exam to you. If your school is not signed up to administer MTA certification exams, an administrator or teacher at your school can contact Certiport at

If you’re not affiliated with an academic institution, you can take MTA exams at a Pearson VUE test center. To register for an exam, select an exam and then click the schedule button.

How does the MTA certification fit into the overall Microsoft Certification Program?

The MTA certification provides the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications. The MTA certification creates a new entry point to help those who are new to IT to jump start their careers

If you already have an in-depth understanding of and hands-on experience with Microsoft technologies, you might want to start with an MCSA certification or an MCSD certification. Find out more about Microsoft Certifications.

I'm an instructor. How do I integrate MTA Certification Exam Review Kits into the curriculum that I’m already teaching?

The Exam Review Kits were created in a modular format so that they can be adapted for a variety of teaching scenarios. Each kit includes 20 lessons based on the topics covered in the associated MTA certification exam. You can select which lessons to use in your classroom, based on the curriculum you are already teaching.