Microsoft Certifications Overview

Microsoft Certifications

Microsoft Certification Program Overview

Currently there are six paths you can follow. As you can see in the diagram below, these cover all Microsoft products and technologies.

Microsoft Certifications Overview

Microsoft Certifications Overview

In particular:

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.

Available Certifications

As we will see in detail below, each certification path includes a number of certifications, and some certifications are common in a number of paths.

For example, the MCSA Windows Server 2016 certification, it’s part of both the Mobility and Productivity paths.

Before getting into the details of each path, let’s first clarify what are the different types of certifications you can get.

MTA – Microsoft Technology Associate. It shows that the certification holder has 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.

The MTA is the lowest level certification you can achieve.

MCSA – Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate. It’s an entry level certification but a step above MTA. To get an 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. That’s 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 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)

Mobility Path

Mobility Path

To achieve the MCSE Mobility, you need first to achieve an MCSA Windows 10 certification by passing exams 70-698 and 70-697.

Once you have the MCSA Windows 10, you can get the MCSE Mobility certification by passing one more exam: 70-398, 70-695 or 70-696.

Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Path (MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure)

Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Path

Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Path

The top certification in the cloud platform & Infrastructure path is MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure. To get to this certification, you first need to:

Achieve one of the following MCSA Certifications: MCSA Windows 2012 or MCSA Windows 2016 or MCSA Cloud Platform.

And pass one more exam from this group: 70-413, 70-414, 70-473, 70-475, 70-532, 70-533, 70-537, 70-538, 70-539, 70-744, 70-745.

Productivity Path (MCSE Productivity)

Productivity Path

Productivity Path

The Productivity path includes a number of Microsoft Products. The most advanced certification is MCSE Productivity.

To become MCSE Certified, you first need to achieve one MCSA certification on Windows Server (MCSA Windows Server 2012 or MCSA Windows Server 2016) or to get an MCSA Office 365 certification.

Once you get the MCSA status, you then need to pass one more exam (70-331, 70-332, 70-333, 70-334, 70-339, 70-341, 70-342, 70-345) to get your MCSE.

Data Management & Analytics Path (MCSE Data Management & Analytics)

Data Management & Analytics

Data Management & Analytics Path

You have a lot of options on your way to the top, which is the MCSE Data Management & Analytics.

The first step is to achieve ONE of the following MCSA Certifications:

MCSA SQL Server 2012 / 2014

MCSA SQL Server 2016 Database Developer

MCSA SQL Server 2016 Database Admin

MCSA SQL Server 2016 BI Development

MCSA Machine Leaning

MCSA BI Reporting

MCSA Data Engineering with Azure

Then, you need to take an elective exam, by choosing one of the following: 70-464, 70-465, 70-466, 70-467, 70-473, 70-475, 70-762, 70-767, 70-768, 70-773, 70-774 or 70-775.

App Builder (MCSD App Builder)

Apps Builder Path

Apps Builder Path

The App Builder path is for developers. If you want to make a career as a Microsoft Certified Developer than this is the certification you should go after.

To get the MCSD App Builder certification you need to achieve MCSA Web Applications or MCSA Universal Windows Platform and once pass one more exam from the following exam pool: 70-487, 70-488, 70-489, 70-496, 70-497, 70-498, 70-532, 70-535, 70-538.

Business Applications (MSCE Business Applications)

Business Applications Path

Business Applications Path

This certification is for students who want to get certified for Microsoft Dynamics 365. The top level certification is MCSE Business Applications and candidates need to first achieve either MCSA Dynamics 365 or MCSA Dynamics for Operations and also pass one of the following exams: MB2-717, MB2-718, MB6-895, MB6-896, MB6-897, MB2-877.

Microsoft Certifications by Technology

The Microsoft certification paths outlined above group certifications by category but we know that most students want to know what Microsoft certifications are available per technology.

Here is an overview of certifications grouped by technology.

Microsoft Certifications by Technology

Microsoft Certifications by Technology

Here is how certifications are grouped by type:

Microsoft Desktop Certifications

  • MCSA: Windows 10
  • MCSE: Mobility

Microsoft Server Certifications

Windows Server

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 R2
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2016
  • MCSA: Windows 2016 UPGRADE
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure (Security)
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure (Azure DevOps)
  • MTA: IT Infrastructure Windows Server

Exchange Server

  • MCSE: Productivity – Exchange 2013
  • MCSE: Productivity – Exchange 2016

Skype Server

  • Skype For Business
  • MCSE: Productivity Skype for Business

Sharepoint Server

  • MCSD: App Builder (SharePoint Developer)
  • MCSE Productivity Sharepoint 2013 Administrator
  • MCSE Productivity SharePoint 2016 Administrator

System Center

  • MCS: System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

Azure Server

  • MCSA: Cloud Platform (Azure Admin)
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure (Azure DevOps)
  • MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect

Microsoft Database Certifications

  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012 / 2014
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Development
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Business Intelligence Development
  • MCSE: Data Management & Analytics (Developer)
  • MCSE: Data Management & Analytics (Business Intelligence)
  • MTA: Database SQL Server

Microsoft Developer Certifications

Visual Studio

  • MCSA: Web Applications
  • MCSD: App Builder
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCP: Programming in C#
  • MTA: Intro To Programming


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