Students: Get certified in four easy steps

Want an advantage in the ever-changing world of technology? Microsoft certifications can give you that boost.

Get certified, and you can:

  • Earn college credit. Students who pass a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exam can get credit toward classes in college.
  • Get hired. Employers know that certified staffers can be more valuable. So tech companies actively look to hire and promote candidates with certifications.
  • Make more money. Certified employees earn 15 percent more, on average, than employees without a certification.1
  • Get promoted sooner. A Microsoft Certification is like a badge that lets your boss know immediately how professional and competent you are. Certification can help you pull ahead of the pack when applying for your next promotion, project, or opportunity.

Step 1: Decide which certification you want.

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). If you’re looking to advance your career in the tech world or to gain benefits, like college credit, MCP certification is the gold standard. MCP certifies skills across a range of Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications can also help you get a job, a promotion, and a better salary.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA). If you’re just getting started in technology, MTA might be the certification for you. This certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, and it assesses and validates core technical knowledge in three areas: IT infrastructure, databases, and software development.

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Step 2: Find benefits just for you.

Discounted student pricing on exams. Enjoy deep discounts—up to 48 percent off of exams! Verify your student status to get your discount.

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Step 3: Get the training you need.

After you’ve decided which certification exam to take, it’s time to study. You can sign up for in-person training, take free online training courses at Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA), and download free e-books from Microsoft Press to help you prepare for your exam.

Already have all the knowledge and skills you need? That’s great! Skip Step 3, and get that exam scheduled. The sooner you pass it, the closer you are to your dream job.

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Step 4: Schedule the exam.

Now that you’re all prepped, it’s time to get that certification.

Exams are simple to schedule. Each exam lasts approximately 90 minutes, and you can take it online in the privacy of your home or with like-minded techies at an authorized testing center near you.

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Need more reasons to get certified?

  • Seventy-two percent of employers use IT certification as a requirement for certain jobs.2
  • Sixty-five percent of IT employers use certifications to differentiate between equally qualified candidates.2
  • Sixty-six percent of employers see IT certification as very valuable—a dramatic, 30 percent increase since 2011.2
  • Ninety-one percent of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria.3
  • In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers.4

1IT Certifications: Shorter Road to Valuable Positions. IDC. 2015.
22015 IT Skills and Certifications Pay Index. Foote Partners. March 3, 2015.
3Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study. Microsoft. April 2012.
4 Anderson, Cushing, and John F. Gantz. Skills Requirements for Tomorrow's Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need. IDC and Microsoft. October 2013.