Microsoft Specialist

By passing a Microsoft Specialist exam, you validate your knowledge and skills in a specialised area of technology. Some Microsoft Specialist exams are included as requirements for Microsoft Partner Network competencies, which help distinguish your company from the rest in a particular technical discipline.

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Windows 10

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Configuring Windows Devices

Take course 697-1

Take course 697-2

Take exam 697

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise

Not available

Take exam 398

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Data Platform

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

Not available

Take exam 473

or

Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

Not available

Take exam 475

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016

Take course 345-1

Take course 345-2

Take exam 345

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Windows 7

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Windows 7, ConfiguringTake course 6292Take exam 680

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support TechnicianTake course 6293Take exam 685

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop AdministratorTake course 6294Take exam 686

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Visual Studio

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3Take course 480Take exam 480

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Programming in C#Take course 483Take exam 483

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Microsoft Azure

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Developing Microsoft Azure SolutionsTake course 532Take exam 532

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure SolutionsTake course 533Take exam 533

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Architecting Microsoft Azure SolutionsNot availableTake exam 534

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in virtualisation

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Virtualising Enterprise Desktops and AppsTake course 694Take exam 694

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System CenterTake course 409Take exam 409

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Microsoft Project 2013

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013Not availableTake exam 343

or

Certification titleOptional trainingExam
Managing Program and Projects with Microsoft Project Server 2013Not availableTake exam 344

Earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Microsoft Dynamics

View the Specialist certifications available for Microsoft Dynamics.

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address the Microsoft Specialist certification. Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

Do any of the Specialist certifications apply to the MCSD certifications?

In some cases, a Specialist certification might be included as a requirement for another certification.

How do I prepare for these exams?

For each exam, Microsoft provides a webpage that includes information on the skills measured and preparation materials.

How does a Specialist certification appear on my transcript?

Specialist certifications will appear in the Microsoft Specialist section on your official Microsoft Certified Professional transcript.

What is the value to me and my company in earning a Specialist certification?

As with all Microsoft Certification Program exams, passing a Specialist exam demonstrates your experience and knowledge in a particular technology or skills area. If you are associated with a Microsoft Partner, some of these exams will help retain your company's partner competency status.

Are these exams available to students at a discount?

Yes. Please check with your school for availability.

Will I earn Charter status if I am one of the first to achieve the Specialist certifications?

Microsoft Specialist (Specialist) certifications released in and after September 2015 are eligible for Charter status, including all Windows 10, Big Data Analytics and Cloud Data Platform Specialist certifications.

Will there be new logos for the Specialist certifications?

Yes.

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