The Microsoft Technology Associate is a new, entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer.
MTA validates 80% knowledge and 20% skills. The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) which requires hands on experience with the Microsoft technology platform. Microsoft makes its complete developer toolset available for students to download and install at no cost through the DreamSpark Program.
MTA is for students, changing careers, or anyone else wanting to explore a career in technology. At this time, MTA is only available to students, faculty, and staff of an accredited academic institution that is an approved MTA testing center.
There are millions of people in the world who would like to pursue a career in technology, but lack the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue one of our Technology Specialist or Professional certifications. The MTA certification creates a new entry point for these people to help them jumpstart their career aspirations.
Each MTA Certification exam will cover a broad technology area, including:
In order to earn an MTA Certification, candidates only need to pass one exam. 1 Exam = 1 Certification.
Candidates need only pass one MTA exam in order to receive the certification. However, we recommend that they refer to Microsoft's MTA Exam Certification Paths to ensure that they're effectively preparing for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exams and a successful career in the IT industry.
Passing more than one exam shows potential employers and college admissions offices that a candidate has a variety of technology skills and are committed to a wide set of abilities.
Earning the MTA Certification can help students stand out with college admissions and internship applications. This certification proves commitment and knowledge of fundamental technology concepts.
Having a validated certification from a reputable organization like Microsoft is a great way to launch a successful career!
Earning a MTA Certification can be the first step towards becoming a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS).
Also, when candidates earn an MTA Certification, they become a member of the Microsoft Certified Professional community. They'll get access to members-only benefits such as special offers, the MCP transcript tool, and private newsgroups where they can network, find peer support, and share their accomplishments with millions of certified professionals worldwide.
The exam retake policy for MTA is the same as our Technology Specialist and Professional exams. You can find more about these policies on the Microsoft Learning website.
Yes, the MTA Certification will expire after five years.
Currently these materials are only available in English. In the near future materials will be released in Traditional & Simplified Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Spanish, German, Portuguese and Russian.
MTA only offers an entry level certification for those interested in becoming a networking technician. This Cisco exam tests professional level skills for people in their first three years of learning and job experience instead of evaluating fundamental concepts. The Cisco exam is not platform agnostic and only focuses on Cisco networking devices. In addition, Cisco does not offer an academic campus license for their exams. Instead, students will need to take the exam at a Pearson VUE test center. Cisco exams are also substantially more expensive than MTA Certification exams especially when compared with the value of an MTA Campus License.
Each MTA Certification exam has a preparation guide that describes all of the subjects that will be covered on the exam.
The preparation guides are a great tool to help you determine whether you are ready to take the exam. Read each objective covered on the exam and ask yourself whether you have a strong understanding of what is being covered. You can also play the Are You Certifiable game that acts like a practice exam to test your readiness.
MTA Certification exams typically range between 30 and 50 questions.
You will have 50 minutes to complete your MTA Certification exam. If an exam is not available in your native language and you must take it in English, you may request an additional 30 minutes to complete it. You must make this arrangement with your proctor before the exam appointment.
You will be able to see your score and exam result immediately after taking the exam.
Certificates are only available through online download. You can obtain any of your Microsoft certificates using the Microsoft Certified Professional website. You will need your Windows Live ID that has been associated with your Microsoft Certified ID in order to access this site.