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Microsoft Certification Program Overview 2018

Microsoft Certification Program Overview 2018

July 18, 2018 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Centriq Training

Achieving IT certifications through the Microsoft Certification Program shows a person’s competence in a specific Microsoft technology, and it can result in all kinds of work-related and personal benefits. For example, studies show that IT certifications increase the chances of landing a job (or getting a promotion), and more than 80 percent of hiring managers report that IT certifications are a medium or high priority in making hiring decisions.

Currently, the Microsoft Certification Program is divided into six main categories. As you can see in the diagram below, these cover all Microsoft products and technologies.Microsoft Certification Paths

Mobility Path: Acquire the necessary skills to deploy mobility management solutions for large businesses.

Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Path: Get certified to use the Microsoft Cloud Platform infrastructure and learn how to deploy cloud-based solutions using Microsoft Azure and Windows server virtualization technologies.

Productivity Path: This is mainly related to deploying enterprise solutions using Microsoft Office Cloud products. If you want to get certified for Microsoft Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for business, then you should follow the productivity path.

Data Management and Analysis Path: Learn how to setup, manage and deploy SQL Server solutions and how to utilize the capabilities of Microsoft Business Intelligence (BI) products to support BI projects.

App Builder Path: If you want to work as a software developer, the app builder path will teach you everything you need to know about Microsoft Development languages (C#, .NET, etc) and platforms.

Business Applications Path: Learn how to use and deploy Microsoft Dynamics technologies to businesses.

Certifications within the Microsoft Certification Program include the following credentials:

  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)
  • Microsoft Solutions Developer (MCSD)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Before getting into the details of each path, let’s first clarify what are the different types of certifications available to you. Microsoft Certification Path

MTA: Microsoft Technology Associate – It shows that you have fundamental knowledge in a wide range of technical concepts. The MTA certification is the first certification you can get in the Mobility, Cloud, Productivity, Data and App Builder paths.

Once you pass ANY of the Microsoft exams, then you become an MTA holder for the particular product or technology.

MCSA: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate – An entry-level certification, but a step above the MTA. To earn a MCSA you need to pass two or more exams (depending on the certification).

The MCSA is available in all certification paths and a requirement to get to the more advanced Microsoft Certifications (MCSE and MCSD).

MCSD: Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer – This is the most popular Microsoft Certification for Developers. It’s the top certification you can achieve if you follow the Apps Builder path. The MCSD is a step above MCSA and equivalent to the MCSE.

MCSE: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert – For all other paths (besides Apps Builder), the most advanced certification you can get is the MCSE. It’s also very popular and widely recognized in the IT industry.

 

Microsoft Certification Roadmap

Mobility Certification Path (MCSE Mobility)Microsoft Certification Path
Training courses for Windows 10 MCSA:

Implementing and Managing Windows 10

Deploying and Managing Windows 10 in the Enterprise

Installing and Configuring Windows 10

Elective choices to reach Mobility MCSE:

Administering System Center Configuration Manager

Integrating MDM and Cloud Services with System Center Configuration Manager


Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Path (MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure)Microsoft Certification PathTraining courses for Windows Server 2012 MCSA:

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Administering Windows Server 2012

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012

Training courses for Windows Server 2016 MCSA:

Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016

Networking with Windows Server 2016

Identity with Windows Server 2016

Training courses for Linux on Azure MCSA:

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator

Training courses for Cloud Platform MCSA: (choose two from the following)

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack

Elective choices to reach Cloud Platform & Infrastructure MCSE:

Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure

Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure 

Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack

Implementing Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

Managing Linux Workloads on Azure 

Securing Windows Server 2016

Implementing a Software-Defined DataCenter 


Productivity Path (MCSE Productivity)Microsoft Certification Path

Training courses for Windows Server 2012 MCSA:

Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Administering Windows Server 2012

Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012

Training courses for Windows Server 2016 MCSA:

Installation, Storage and Compute with Windows Server 2016

Networking with Windows Server 2016

Identity with Windows Server 2016

Training courses for Office 365 MCSA:

Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements 

Enabling and Managing Office 365

Elective choices to reach Productivity MCSE:

Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

Advanced Solutions of SharePoint Server 2013

Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015

Core Solutions of Microsoft Skype for Business

Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016

Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

Designing and Developing Microsoft Exchange Server 2016


Data Management & Analytics Path (MCSE Data Management & Analytics)Microsoft Certification Path

Training courses for SQL Server 2012/2014 MCSA:

Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014

Administering SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases

Implementing a Data Warehouse with SQL Server 2012/2014

Training courses for SQL 2016 Database Dev MCSA:

Querying Data with Transact-SQL

Developing SQL Databases

Training courses for SQL 2016 Database Admin MCSA:

Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure

Provisioning SQL Databases

Training courses for SQL 2016 BI Development MCSA:

Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse

Developing SQL Data Models

Training courses for Machine Learning MCSA:

Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R

Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning

Training courses for BI Reporting MCSA:

Analyzing Data with Power BI

Analyzing Data with Excel

Training courses for Data Engineering with Azure MCSA:

Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure HD Insight

Engineering Data with Microsoft Cloud Services

Elective choices to reach Data Management & Analytics MCSE:

Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases

Designing Database Solutions for SQL Server

Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server

Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server

Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions 

Developing SQL Databases

Implementing a SQL Data Warehouse

Developing SQL Data Models

Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R

Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning

Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure HDInsight 


App Builder (MCSD App Builder)Microsoft Certification Path
Training courses for Web Applications MCSA:

Microsoft Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 OR

Programming in C#

Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications

Training courses for Universal Windows Platform MCSA:

Programming in C#

Developing Mobile Apps

Elective choices to reach App Builder MCSD:

Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Architecturing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Implementing Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions


Business Applications (MSCE Business Applications)Microsoft Certification Path
Training courses for Dynamics 365 MCSA:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Online Deployment

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration

Training courses for Dynamics 365 for Operations MCSA:

Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure OR Provisioning SQL Databases

Development, Extensions, and Deployment for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

Elective choices to reach App Builder MCSE:

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service

Financial Managment in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

Distribution and Trade in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail

Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service


Not sure where to start?

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