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The importance of Microsoft certification

Watch an exclusive interview with Shelby Grieve, Microsoft's Director of Professional Certifications. Shelby talks about the return of the MCSE and the importance of Microsoft certification in the work place.

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The current generation of Microsoft certifications

In 2012 Microsoft launched its latest range of certifications with a new focus on Cloud technology. This led to the introduction of the MCSA and MCSD as well as the reinvention of the MCSE.


MTA Certification

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is the first step for anyone considering a career in technology. Achieve the MTA and you’ll get a solid base of IT knowledge and prove your commitment to becoming an IT professional.

The MTA is not required as a prerequisite for the MCSA and MCSD certifications but it will prepare you to achieve them. The MTA will not qualify you as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).


MCSA Certification

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) has been developed for the core Microsoft technologies of SQL Server, Visual Studio, Windows Client and Windows Server. It’s the foundation for your career in IT and serves as a pre-requisite for both the MCSE and MCSD certifications.


MCSE Certification

The Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) proves your ability to design, build and implement multiple technology products both on premises and in the cloud.

This is an advanced cert and you’ll need the corresponding MCSA certification to achieve it. For details on which MCSA you need to complete, take a look at the prerequisites for your MCSE course.


MCSD Certification

Built for developers and designed for the cloud, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) proves you can develop custom applications with Microsoft development tools.


Microsoft Specialist Certification

Pass a Microsoft Specialist exam and you’ll prove your knowledge in a specialised area of technology. Some Specialist exams are required for Microsoft Partner Network competencies which distinguish your company in a particular area of technology.


Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

Pass any exam in the MCSA, MCSE, MCSD and Microsoft Specialist certifications and you’ll automatically become a Microsoft Certified Professional.

As an MCP you’ll join a community of millions and get access to certification logos, official transcript and sharing tools, training or evaluation software, job opportunities, a certification planner and the MCP eStore.

Plus, on average entry-level employees who hold a MCSA certification can earn up to £10,000 more than their peers. (IDC/Microsoft, Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need, October 2013)


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between the current MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certifications and the previous generation of Microsoft certifications?

A. The current MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certs focus on designing and building technology solutions. The previous certs were centred on specific job roles.


Q. Do I need to recertify my new MCSA / MCSE / MCSD?

A. For the MCSE and MCSD you’ll to pass the applicable recertification exam once every two-to-three years. To find out more about which exam you need to take, visit Microsoft Learn.

The MCSA has no recertification requirements.


Q. How long is a Microsoft certification valid?

A. Microsoft certs remain valuable as long as companies are using the technologies covered in the certification.

Over time, these certifications will be withdrawn and transition to ‘legacy’ status. These legacy certs will appear on your transcript and will become less relevant as time passes.


Q. Are there upgrade paths available for Microsoft Certifications?

A. Most certifications, including Microsoft’s previous generation, have an upgrade path you can follow. For more information, take a look at the individual course page.