Microsoft Applied Skills is an industry-standard credential, designed to validate your expertise across a diverse array of Microsoft technology. As opposed to traditional certifications, Microsoft Applied Skills focuses on tangible, scenario-specific competencies, providing trust to the organisation, colleagues, hiring manager and recruiters.

Via an online, on-demand, product specific assessment, Microsoft verifies your proficiency in solving specific real-world problems. This certification enables organisations to pinpoint top-tier talent for critical projects and specialised scenarios.

QA and Microsoft Applied Skills can help you:

  • Validate and affirm your skills through an official certification.
  • Elevate your career opportunities on Microsoft technology.
  • Demonstrate your skills alignment with industry demands and remain ahead of the rapidly evolving tech landscape.

Why acquire Applied Skills certification?

Applied Skills represents a significant advancement in your career and validates your capabilities in critical technical skills, aligning perfectly with the latest industry demands in AI, cloud computing, and other emerging technologies.


of the workforce who earned a credential are more confident in their abilities



of the workforce are better able to innovate after earning certifications



of IT managers said employees with IT certifications produce higher quality work


How does Applied Skills differ from Certifications?

Both play a crucial role, and each compliment the other. See how they compare below.


Microsoft Certifications

Goal: Validates broad technical proficiency

Context: Role-based

Scope: Breadth of skills

Format: Exam with interactive elements

Scope: Scheduled


Microsoft Applied Skills

Goal: Validates on specific skill

Context: Project-based

Scope: Scenario-specific skills

Format: Assessment via interactive lab experience

Flexibility: On-demand

Why get your Applied Skills certification with QA?

We've trained over 45,000 people in Microsoft technologies and applications. QA is one of the largest Microsoft learning partners in the UK, and one of the only Microsoft learning partners to be recognised as a Microsoft Solutions Partner for Microsoft Cloud.

QA has earned training services designations in all 6 Microsoft solution areas:

  • Digital & App Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Data & AI
  • Modern Work
  • Business Applications
  • Security

These designations showcase our proficiency and depth of knowledge in each solution area, which earns QA the unique status of Microsoft Solutions Partner for Microsoft Cloud.

Microsoft Applied Skills course finder

Find the right Applied Skills courses for you using the search link below.

Applied Skills courses

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