This week Microsoft announced a new set of entry level certifications that may be of interest to many schools and colleges/universities. Personally I think that this is just the sort of program that many career/technical high schools have been waiting for. The program is called the Microsoft Technology Associate program. There are seven exams in two categories – Developer and Information Technology.
- Software Development Fundamentals
- Web Development Fundamentals
- Windows Development Fundamentals
- Database Fundamentals
IT Professional Exams
- Networking Fundamentals
- Security Fundamentals
- Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
More information from the Microsoft Technology Associate FAQ
A. The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is a new, entry-level certification designed to help individuals take the first step toward a career as an IT professional or developer.
An MTA certification is based on 80 percent knowledge and 20 percent skills. The next step in the Microsoft certification path is Microsoft Technology Specialist (MCTS), which requires hands-on experience with the Microsoft technology platform.
Students can download and install a complete developer tool set at no cost through the DreamSpark Program.
Get your complete developer tool set (DreamSpark.com)