Microsoft now offering MTA certifications to everyone, not just students
The relatively new MTA certification used to be restricted to students but now they've been opened up to everyone. MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate) is a fundamental certification that's perfect for anyone just starting in IT whether it's IT support/administration, development or working with databases.
The MTA is closely associated with the MCP program (Microsoft Certified Professional) and when you pass any MTA exam you automatically become an MCP member. Being an MCP comes with many benefits which you can access through the MCP members site.
The MTA certification umbrella currently covers the following exams:MTA IT infrastructure
- Exam 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals
- Exam 98-365: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
- Exam 98-366: Networking Fundamentals
- Exam 98-367: Security Fundamentals
- Exam 98-364: Database Fundamentals
- Exam 98-361: Software Development Fundamentals
- Exam 98-362: Windows Development Fundamentals
- Exam 98-363: Web Development Fundamentals
- Exam 98-372: .NET Fundamentals
- Exam 98-375: HTML5 App Development Fundamentals
These are all fundamental level exams, but they're perfect for understanding the core principles of a particular technology without going to deep. There's no harm in starting with the MTA certification and working your way to the more advanced MCSD, MCSA or MCSE paths.
Why take an MTA exam?
Gaining an MTA is a great way to get recognition for your training and understanding of key technology principles. MTA exams can be added to your CV (resume) to promote your skills to prospective employers, who can easily check your validity using the Microsoft portal website. You can also provide them with an official transcript printed from the MCP members site that lists all of your certifications.
In light of this recent change, all MTA exams can now be taken through the trusted prometric testing program, which is a global testing program that uses local institutions/companies to provide exams. All exams are computer based (no hand written exams or practical assessments) and you'll know instantly if you've passed - no painful waiting for that exam result like in times gone by!
To find out more about MTA visit..http://www.microsoft.com/learning/
Tip: Don't forget to register for the second shot offer and retake your exam for free!http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/second-shot