Microsoft has created a new certification for college students and staff at academic institutions. The certification, Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA), can be gained by students while in school. To earn the certification, students can complete any one of the following exams:

  • 98-361: Software Development Fundamentals
  • 98-362: Windows Development Fundamentals
  • 98-363: Web Development Fundamentals
  • 98-364: Database Administration Fundamentals
  • 98-366: Networking Fundamentals
  • 98-367: Security Fundamentals
  • 98-368: Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

The MTA exams are entry-level exams, ranging from 30 to 50 questions. To determine if you are qualified to take one of these exams, Microsoft recommends reviewing the preparation guide through your school.

As with all of the Microsoft certifications, earning an MTA qualifies an IT pro or developer as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). According to Microsoft, earning an MTA is a good idea for students as a leg up to get into the college of their choice, or to help secure a job upon completing college.

The MTA is not a requirement to take a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) exam, which are the standard first-level exams that cover a variety of different technologies. 

Currently, only students, instructors, and staff at academic institutions set up as Certiport testing centers can take the MTA exams. To learn more about the exams, visit the MTA page on Microsoft Learning.  

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