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.
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.
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)
Training courses for Windows 10 MCSA:
Elective choices to reach Mobility MCSE:
Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Path (MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure)Training courses for Windows Server 2012 MCSA:
Training courses for Windows Server 2016 MCSA:
Training courses for Linux on Azure MCSA:
Training courses for Cloud Platform MCSA: (choose two from the following)
Elective choices to reach Cloud Platform & Infrastructure MCSE:
Productivity Path (MCSE Productivity)
Training courses for Windows Server 2012 MCSA:
Training courses for Windows Server 2016 MCSA:
Training courses for Office 365 MCSA:
Elective choices to reach Productivity MCSE:
Data Management & Analytics Path (MCSE Data Management & Analytics)
Training courses for SQL Server 2012/2014 MCSA:
Training courses for SQL 2016 Database Dev MCSA:
Training courses for SQL 2016 Database Admin MCSA:
Training courses for SQL 2016 BI Development MCSA:
Training courses for Machine Learning MCSA:
Training courses for BI Reporting MCSA:
Training courses for Data Engineering with Azure MCSA:
Elective choices to reach Data Management & Analytics MCSE:
App Builder (MCSD App Builder)
Training courses for Web Applications MCSA:
Training courses for Universal Windows Platform MCSA:
Elective choices to reach App Builder MCSD:
Business Applications (MSCE Business Applications)
Training courses for Dynamics 365 MCSA:
Training courses for Dynamics 365 for Operations MCSA:
Elective choices to reach App Builder MCSE:
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