New Microsoft Technology Associate certification launched

On July 7, 2010 at the Education Leaders Forum Microsoft announced a new certification program for fundamental Information Technology and development skills called the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA). Unlike more advanced Microsoft certifications, the MTA targets students with no prior IT or development experience or employment. It is available exclusively in educational settings and is designed to easily integrate into the curricula of existing computer classes. The MTA will eventually be available in thousands of high schools, vocational programs, and colleges in the U.S. and other countries. Testing will be conducted by Certiport, a commercial testing service, at participating schools.

Visit the MTA website (and click here to view the Microsoft PressPass feature). The program’s FAQs are here.

Here are the exams offered through the MTA program:

Developer exams

Software Development Fundamentals

Exam 98-361

Windows Development Fundamentals

Exam 98-362

Web Development Fundamentals

Exam 98-363

Database Administration Fundamentals

Exam 98-364

IT professional exams

Networking Fundamentals

Exam 98-366

Security Fundamentals

Exam 98-367

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals

Exam 98-365

And here are the MTA exam certification paths:


Some benefits for participating students:

  • Empowers students with a credential that validates fundamental knowledge and provides an essential foundation to build a career in technology
  • Allows students to explore a variety of technology career options prior to choosing a specialized career path—with minimal investment of time and money
  • Provides the first step towards becoming a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) with MTA
  • Proves your commitment to technology and connects students to a community of more than five million Microsoft Certified Professionals
  • Builds confidence and helps students succeed with continued studies, compete on admissions, and prepare for a successful career in technology
  • Compliments business and other related courses and degrees with an industry-recognized technology credential
Comments (3)
  1. ciupaz says:

    These exams could also be taken by adult? (i.e. not student anymore)

    It could be interesting to get these certifications like a first step toward the MCTS level.

  2. ciupaz,

    Pablo  Bernal, the Product Manager for this effort, says this: "Yes, you have to be a student at an academic institution that has purchased either a Campus License or individual vouchers for MTA. It doesn’t matter your age, but you do need the student status. Faculty and staff at licensed academic institutions could take the exams as well."

  3. ciupaz says:

    Ah well, then I cannot support these exams.

    I stopped being a student around twenty years ago 😉

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