Volume Licensing for Microsoft training and certification solutions

Microsoft training and certification solutions help businesses and accredited academic institutions accelerate adoption and use of Microsoft technologies. With these enterprise-ready, direct-from-the-source training and certification resources, your employees can gain the skills they need to work more efficiently and productively.

Microsoft training and certification solutions are available through the following Microsoft Volume Licensing programmes:

  • Microsoft Volume Licensing: A customisable Microsoft software purchase programme that grants discounted access to Microsoft training and certification solutions.

  • Microsoft Volume Licensing for Software Assurance: A cost-effective programme that grants access to specific Software Assurance e-learning and instructor-led training through your existing Software Assurance coverage.

By consolidating the purchasing, budgeting and tracking of the Microsoft training and certification solutions products described on this page with other Microsoft technology purchases through Volume Licensing, your organisation can achieve on average a 20 to 80 percent cost savings (depending on the product and Volume Licensing contract level).

Microsoft E-Reference Libraries offer comprehensive content on Microsoft products and related technologies. Hosted online through any Internet connection, the easy-to-use collection of Microsoft Press e-books provides an efficient, cost-effective alternative to print libraries as well as an excellent post-course supplement to classroom training and e-learning courses.

Microsoft Certification exam vouchers enable you to certify your staff at a discounted price. Microsoft Certified Professionals can enhance your organisation's competitive advantage, help increase customer satisfaction, and reduce network downtime.

The Microsoft IT Academy Program offers a world-class, twenty-first century technology curriculum for staying up-to-date on the latest Microsoft technologies. Educators can easily integrate technology lesson plans, e-learning, student projects, and assessments into new or existing curricula for students of all ages and levels of experience. In addition, The IT Academy Program also provides educators and staff with professional development opportunities.

IT Academy offers the following:

  • The latest Microsoft software for labs, classrooms and PCs

  • Access to a wide range of Microsoft E-Learning courses

  • The Instructor Learning Management System (LMS) to help track and monitor student progress

  • Discounts on official courseware (available to academic institutions only)

  • E-Reference Libraries that offer instant access to over 127 Microsoft Press books online

  • TechNet subscriptions, which provide a wealth of resources for educators seeking to expand their professional development and students mastering IT professional concepts and skills

  • Marketing tools to promote the association with the Microsoft brand and official certifications

The college- and career-ready education programme is available to all accredited academic institutions as a subscription-based membership. To participate in the IT Academy programme, you must maintain certain standards and requirements.

With Microsoft Certifications, you can validate your students’ technology skills, helping them differentiate themselves and enhance their education and career prospects. Plus, you can use Microsoft Certifications to support your faculty and staff professional development goals. Together with a Microsoft IT Academy subscription added to your Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing agreement, you get a complete technology education solution.

You can order exam class and site packs that put students on the path to earning a Microsoft Certification—including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications. Certification exam class and site packs include a specific number of exam vouchers that you can use over the course of one year. Whether for a secondary school, further education college or higher education establishment, you can tailor a mix of certifications to meet your unique needs.

Certification product

Description

No. of exam vouchers per site/class pack

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Site Pack

MOS exams validate overall comprehension and deep expertise of Microsoft Office skills that businesses require, differentiating students and improving their chances of success as they go on to higher education or enter the workforce.

500

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Site Pack

MTA exams validate core technology concepts in infrastructure, database and development, helping students prepare for more advanced technology education and/or certifications. MTA certification may be earned in one term and can be used to demonstrate capability and commitment for entry-level IT positions.

250

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) Class Pack

MCP exam vouchers can be used toward earning Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications. These certifications validate skills that are crucial for today’s careers in IT. MCSA certifications validate core platform skills while MCSD and MCSE validate the deep expertise necessary to design, build and implement solutions.

30

You can order your annual Microsoft IT Academy membership and Microsoft Certification exam packs through the following Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing programmes:

  • Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES)

  • School Enrollment (under a Campus and School Agreement)

  • Select Plus for Academic

For more information, contact your Academic Licensing Reseller or visit www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/for-industries.aspx.

Additional Volume Licensing academic certification resources

With Microsoft Certifications, you can validate your students’ technology skills, helping them differentiate themselves and enhance their education and career prospects. Plus, you can use Microsoft Certifications to support your faculty and staff professional development goals. Together with a Microsoft IT Academy subscription added to your Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing agreement, you get a complete technology education solution.

You can order exam class and site packs that put students on the path to earning a Microsoft Certification—including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) and Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certifications. Certification exam class and site packs include a specific number of exam vouchers that you can use over the course of one year. Whether for a secondary school, further education college or higher education establishment, you can tailor a mix of certifications to meet your unique needs.

Microsoft is no longer selling e-learning in Volume Licensing. The resources below are for customers still consuming our e-learning content under their existing contracts. They are meant to help you deploy, configure and administer your Volume Licensing e-learning purchase.

To get started with Microsoft training and certification products, contact your Volume Licensing account manager. For questions about pricing, licensing and accelerated discounting, send an email message to MSLVLPurchase@microsoft.com.

Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address Volume Licensing for Microsoft training and certification solutions. Visit the certification overview or exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

Microsoft training and certification solutions

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Microsoft training and certification solutions support many popular Microsoft technologies, including:

  • Microsoft Office

  • Windows

  • Microsoft Exchange

  • Microsoft System Center

  • Microsoft Visual Studio

  • Windows Server

  • Windows Mobile

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Microsoft training and certification solutions are available within Volume Licensing in all regions. Contact your Volume Licensing account manager with any questions about pricing, licensing and accelerated discounting.

Product access and usage

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You can access content for Microsoft training and certification solutions (Microsoft E-Reference Libraries and Microsoft Certification Program (MCP) exam vouchers) by using access codes. Access codes put the choice of learning in the hands of your employees. As an administrator, you will receive your access codes electronically at the start of your Volume Licensing agreement term. You can activate the codes at any time during the agreement term.

Note If you acquire your access codes during an existing agreement, the cost and benefits are pro rata, based on the time left on the agreement.

  • Microsoft E-Reference Library code: You must have a licence in order to access the library. After the library has been unlocked, you will have access until the end of your Volume Licensing agreement.

  • Microsoft Certification Program exam voucher codes: You can register to take one exam for each MCP exam voucher code. Exam voucher codes can only be used once.

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No. Access codes for Volume Licensing Online Services (including Microsoft training and certification solutions) are assigned to individuals and are non-transferable. You will not receive a refund. All unused codes expire at the end of the agreement.

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The order will be acknowledged within 48 hours of being processed by Microsoft. You will receive access codes within 5 to 10 business days after the Large Account Reseller order is invoiced by Microsoft.

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No. Printing, copying and sharing of Microsoft E-Reference Library materials is prohibited.

Volume Licensing

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Microsoft training and certification solutions are available to enterprise and select customers through Microsoft Volume Licensing Online Services. Each package is offered as a Service Subscription Licence (SSL) without the need for a User Subscription Licence (USL) or an Add-on Subscription Licence (ASL). Contact our sales specialists for pricing information.

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Microsoft training and certification solutions offers one-tier, single-package pricing. Microsoft training and certification solutions packages can be ordered as a 12-month subscription or are pro-rated based on the number of months that are left in the master agreement. There is no need for a separate User Subscription Licence (USL) or an Add-on Subscription Licence (ASL), which are required for other programmes under Volume Licensing Online Services.

Note If you order Microsoft training and certification solutions as a 12-month subscription, subsequent orders will expire at the same time as the initial 12-month subscription order. Visit the Online Services Guide.

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The more codes your organisation acquires, the greater the volume discount you receive. We recommend that you use one of the following resources to determine your organisation's training needs and to develop a learning plan that aligns with your company's business goals.

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To determine how many vouchers you will need, first determine:

  • The number of people in your organisation who need to be certified

  • Which certifications each person needs

  • The number of exams required for each certification

  • The amount of time each person requires to achieve certification

  • The number of months remaining on your licence agreement

Remember that it is important for your people to gain hands-on experience with Microsoft products. We recommend six months or more of preparation for basic certifications and one year for advanced certifications.

Microsoft Certification exam packs for academic institutions

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Each exam has materials available to help prepare to take an exam. Choose the exam from the new exams list, and then look for the preparation options available for the exam.

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No. Any of the Microsoft Certifications exams within a Class or Site Pack available for purchase through Volume Licensing may be purchased and redeemed by any accredited institution.

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If you are delivering Microsoft IT Certifications and MCP Site Pack exams, visit the Pearson VUE website to learn how your institution can become a Pearson VUE testing centre. MOS and MTA certification exams are delivered through Certiport.

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Once the order is placed with the channel partner and processed by Microsoft, a list of exam vouchers is delivered via email to the Notices and Online Contact listed on your Volume Licensing agreement/enrolment and referenced in the order.

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Your institution must be a registered Certiport authorised testing centre and comply with the technical requirements posted on the Certiport website to utilise the MOS or MTA Site Pack benefits and deliver MOS or MTA exams. If your institution is not a Certiport authorised testing centre, it will need to go through the process to become a Certiport testing centre.

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You will receive an automated email within 24 hours with instructions about how to access the Microsoft Certification Site Pack Management Site along with contact information for the Certiport Customer Service Department.