Though Microsoft is much known for their Windows operating system and its Office software solutions, they also provide a plethora of other solutions. The basis on that there is an equivalent number of certifications that enable individuals to turn into qualified technicians to support these products in conjunction with other products. Achieving and attaining these certifications also helps individuals to show their prowess in those lines of study. Not just that, they also stand as proof of their knowledge for their respective jobs and promotions, etc.
In this section, we will go through the various Certification options that IT professionals have and how their growth can be determined based on attaining these Certifications as well. Though there is no guarantee that completing these Certifications will fetch you the roles that you want, it will always keep you ready for taking such roles into implementation. Let us now take a look at the available Certifications at hand right now:
The Microsoft App Builder Certification path has 3 different sets of credentials they are
MCSA: It has two credentials They are mentioned below
MCSD: App Builder certification requires either of the MCSA credentials that we’ve discussed in the above section and along with it will be an exam from the list of 5 topics.
This section belongs to development in and around Dynamics 365 related platforms and technologies, that includes Dynamics 365 for various industries like Sales, Customer Service, Distribution, Marketing, Trade, Finance Management, Talent, Retail and Field Service.
The Microsoft Business Applications certifications contain two certifications
MCSA: There are two sets of options that are available on MCSA track itself, each of which requires an individual to pass two individual exams to conclude these certifications.
MCSE: Business Applications credential requires either of the above mentioned certifications and on top of that, requires a choice from 8 different topics to be cleared by that individual. These topics are discussed earlier.
The Cloud Certification track includes two sets of credentials
MTA has one relevant certification Cloud Fundamentals forms the requisite criterion to attain the MTA Certification credentials. This is an exam that tests individuals on their knowledge on Microsoft offerings such as Microsoft Cloud Services. Individuals should have enough experience regarding Networks, Network topologies, Ports, Office 365, devices and Microsoft Intune.
This section of Certifications covers topics such as Business Intelligence, Windows Server, Machine Learning, Microsoft Azure, Cloud data Platform Solutions, Big Data and Data Analytics. This is the most recent stream of Certifications that are available in Microsoft's set of Certifications.
MCSA Cloud Track: It includes
Each of the Windows related Certifications will be attained via completing 3 certifications and BI Reporting requires just 2 certifications.
This section also encompasses the Cloud related topics - Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Management, Microsoft Database related technologies. This involves working with Transact-SQL and also developing newer SQL databases. This section also covers the extensive usage of Dynamics 365, Dynamics AX.
The Data Certification track also includes 3 sets of credentials
The MTA Certification requires only one certification to be cleared on Database Fundamentals.
The MCSA Data Certification requires 6 certifications to be cleared, namely - Data Engineering with Azure, Machine Learning, SQL 2016 Database Administration, SQL 2016 BI Development, SQL 2016 Database Development, SQL Server 2012 / 2014.
The MCSE Data Certification credential requires just one certification to be passed, the MCSE: Data Management and Analytics.
This section is exclusively related to desktop related tools and techniques such as Windows 10. This discusses in detail on working with System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) and Intune - which helps planning and managing applications and devices in an Enterprise.
The Mobility Certification track includes three sets of credentials -
Mobility and Device Fundamentals will give you the MTA credentials which test the individual’s knowledge on Mobility and Windows devices.
Windows 10 provides the MCSA credentials but for this, an individual has to go through two different certifications.
Mobility provides the MCSE credentials and for this, you’ll have to pass MCSA: Windows 10 and just one another certification. A note here is that both the MCSA: Windows 10 and MCSE: Mobility certification exams retire starting March 31st, 2019.
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), is a concept that this set of skills brings in. This works in conjunction with other offerings from Microsoft like Exchange Server, Sharepoint Server, Office 365, Skype for Business and other requirements/services.
In this category, there are a varied number of Certifications that go about proving the prowess of an individual in using a single Office product to manage Office 365 services.
This track includes two certifications along with Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) offerings they are
Office 365 is the single certification that provides you with an MCSA credential set.
Productivity certification can be attempted only when an individual has any of the following three Certifications as a mandate - Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, or the MCSA Office 365.
MOS Office 2016 certification: It is a certification available for each product of the Office suite of applications. It is the pinnacle of the MOS Certification program and requires an individual to complete 6 certifications.
There are a great number of benefits that these certifications give individuals who pursue them. Let us take a look at the following benefits that we’ve compiled for your ready reference:
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As a known fact, these Certifications provide an edge to individuals who possess them over the rest of the world. These also provide better opportunities and provide additional recognition from both the Hiring side of the industry and also from the Supervising side of the industry. Let us now take a look at the career opportunities that these Certifications bring in:
In this article, we have tried to understand the different kinds of certifications that are available for individuals that can take up, to improve their knowledge of different products and services. These not just help in attaining the necessary knowledge, but also proves helpful during the individual’s job tenures and promotion cycles. Microsoft offers the required training and the like through their MVA (Microsoft’s Virtual Academy) in two modes - online, and in-person. There is an abundance of articles and material that could be of great help for an individual's preparations.
Ravindra Savaram is a Content Lead at Mindmajix.com. His passion lies in writing articles on the most popular IT platforms including Machine learning, DevOps, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, RPA, Deep Learning, and so on. You can stay up to date on all these technologies by following him on LinkedIn and Twitter.