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QA offers five types of Microsoft certification – server certifications, desktop certifications, applications certifications, database certifications and developer certifications. Each of these certification types have 4 certified levels, shown below. You become a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) by passing your first Microsoft certification exam.
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is a recommended entry point into IT certification and job preparation. Pass just one exam and you’ll earn a certification, taking your first step toward a career in technology. If you are just starting your IT career path or are looking to enhance your understanding of IT fundamentals, MTA will validate your core knowledge. MTA is an optional industry-recognised certification for those pursuing a career path in IT infrastructure, database design, or software development using Microsoft technologies.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)This is for IT professionals and developers looking to achieve the first level of Microsoft certification. Whether in the cloud or on-premise, gaining an MCSA validates the core platform skills needed in an IT environment.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) & Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD)These are expert levels of certification aimed at IT professionals who have current expertise in Microsoft technology solutions.
Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM)
The next destination for the select few after the MCSE and MCSD certifications. The MCSM is designed for the elite group of Microsoft IT pros and developers who work with innovative business technology solutions.
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QA offers a comprehensive portfolio of preparatory training courses for all major Microsoft exams for both Silver and Gold Partner levels. The MPN Competency Certification Roadmaps cover areas such as Application Platform, CRM and ERP, SMB and Business Productivity.
The official Microsoft MPN competency guides can be reviewed on the Microsoft Partner Network site.
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