MTA Overview


Looking for a first step toward building a successful career in technology? Microsoft Technology Associate is the way to differentiate technology competency and explore academic and career options.

Microsoft and Certiport team up to bring you this entry-level credential that validates essential technology knowledge. MTA makes it easy for schools to deliver technology education through a simple, convenient, and affordable suite of entry-level certification exams.

The MTA certification program is good for educators and students, as well as their institutions. Educators are empowered with easy-to-use Internet-based testing, students get the opportunity to earn a Microsoft certification right in the classroom, and institutions stand out as innovative technology curriculum providers.

Tomorrow's Workforce

Every business, everywhere in the world, uses (actually, relies on) technology. Knowing how technology works and understanding its impact on today's academic and workplace environment is increasingly important—particularly for students interested in exploring professions involving technology.

Microsoft and Certiport are pleased to offer you the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification—Microsoft's new entry-level credential that validates fundamental technology knowledge among students seeking to build a career in technology.

MTA certification is positioned to become the premier credential for individuals seeking to explore and pursue a career in technology, or augment related pursuits such as business or any other field where technology is pervasive. It is the ideal and preferred path to Microsoft's world-renowned technology certification programs, such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

The MTA Candidate

Secondary and post-secondary students interested in exploring academic and career options in a technology field should start a certification in basic IT and development. The MTA certification program offers students a certification in basic IT and development. As the new recommended entry point for Microsoft technology certifications, MTA is designed especially for students new to IT and software development. It is available exclusively in educational settings and easily integrates into the curricula of existing computer classes.

Educators Empowered

Stand out as an innovative provider of high-demand industry credentials. MTA enables students to explore career paths in technology without requiring a big investment of time and resources. This certification provides a new standard for measuring and validating fundamental technology knowledge right in the classroom while keeping your budget and teaching resources intact. And it’s easily deployed with a simple, convenient, and affordable suite of entry-level technology certification exams.

Students Inspired

Get an entry-level Microsoft certification that can propel you to other, more advanced Microsoft technology certifications. MTA prepares you for the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification, provides a career foundation, and gives you the confidence to succeed in advanced studies and future vocational endeavors.

Why Get Certified?

Whether you are new to technology, changing jobs, or a seasoned IT professional, Microsoft certification grows with your career. Becoming certified demonstrates to customers, peers, and employers that you are committed to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges. In addition, certification provides you with access to exclusive Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCPs.

Start with MTA—a great way to validate your understanding of the key IT building blocks, then move on to more advanced certifications such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), which will validate your skills and experience with Microsoft products and IT solutions developed using Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certifications recognize and reward your abilities and expertise as your career develops.

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