Windows certifications

Getting certified on the Windows operating system can help you reach your goals. In today’s increasingly complex IT environment, a Windows certification helps prove to customers and employers that you have the technical skills necessary to do the job.

Choose a certification below:

Microsoft Specialist

In-depth

Specialize in an area of technology

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Entry level

Learn the fundamentals of IT.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Associate level

Gain skills for your professional career and get certification for Windows that will help you get to the next level.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

Expert level

The expert-level Windows client certification is the globally recognized standard for IT professionals.

Other certifications

The lifespan of a certification varies, based on certification track and certification technology. See lists of retired exams and retired certifications.

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator on Windows 7

Validates your ability to deploy operating systems and desktop applications and to manage the client life cycle. When you pass these exams, you also earn the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

TitleRequired exam

Windows 7, Configuring

680

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator

686

MCITP: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

Validates your ability to identify the cause and resolution of desktop application, network, and security issues. Also helps validate your ability to support and maintain systems and mobile devices that run Windows 7. When you pass these exams, you also earn the MCSA: Windows 7 certification.

TitleRequired exam

Windows 7, Configuring

680

Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician

685

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration

Validates your ability to understand the functions and features of Windows 7 and to troubleshoot network connectivity and application issues.

TitleRequired exam

Windows 7, Configuring

680

Upgrade path

You can upgrade these certifications to the MCSA: Windows 8 certification.

  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Administrator
  • MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician
StepTitleOptional trainingRequired examCertification earned
1Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows 8Take course 689Take exam 689Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Windows 8