Earn your Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, which is a prerequisite to the MCSE expert-level certifications. (New to IT? Learn about MTA certification for new entrants.)
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Frequently asked questions
The following questions specifically address the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.
- What is the difference between the new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications and the previous Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certifications?
The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) credential focuses on the ability to design and build technology solutions. The previous Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certifications focused on a specific job role.
- If I earn the MCSA certification, will it help me earn the MCSE certification?
Yes. If you are an experienced IT professional, the MCSA certification is a prerequisite to achieving an MCSE certification.
- What is the difference between the MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification and the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification?
The MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification is based on Windows Server 2008 R2 technology and is a prerequisite to the MCSE: Private Cloud certification. The MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification is based on Windows Server 2012 technology and is a prerequisite to the MCSE: Private Cloud, MCSE: Server Infrastructure, MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure, MCSE: Messaging, MCSE: Communication and MCSE: SharePoint certifications.
- Does my withdrawn Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification expire?
No. Candidates who achieved a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification have demonstrated the ability to manage and troubleshoot network environments based on the Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server operating system.
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"Absolutely the certification changed my life: The moment I got my first MCP it was that much easier to get the interviews and ultimately secure a job".
Sajid Ali | Solutions Architect | Canada