What’s New in Certification: MTA and MOS Exam Updates?


Two brand new Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams have been created to help you build 21st Century skills into the courses you provide at your institution!

MTA has fast become immensely popular among college and apprenticeship providers over the last two years. The exams provide students will the ability to gain excellent entry level (Level 2) and foundation knowledge in areas such as app developing, programming, IT infrastructure and many more!

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MTA: New and Retiring Courses

MTA are refreshing their exam portfolio over the next 6 – 12 months, in order to enable students be prepared for their future careers. MTA aims to help you and your students develop the skills necessary for trending new technologies in 2015.

We are pleased to introduce new MTA exams for use in conjunction with current additional resources (such as lesson plans, MOAC, Microsoft Press Study Guides, and online learning), designed to better support the core IT Infrastructure area of study and help students prepare for related certifications. These exams will replace a set of exams retiring on July 15, 2015.

NEW! 98-368: Mobility and Device Fundamentals
Replaces 98-349: Windows Operating System Fundamentals, retiring July 15, 2015

NEW! 98-369: Cloud Fundamentals
Help students learn the essentials of cloud computing technologies.

RETIRING
98-363: Web Development Fundamentals, 98-372: Microsoft .NET Fundamentals, and 98-374: Gaming Development Fundamentals

Depending on where you are in your certification journey, you may choose to pursue two exams currently in market to replace the retiring exams:

98-375: App Development Fundamentals

98-361: Software Development Fundamentals

For more information on the new and retiring courses, watch this NewsByte video and check out the MTA page on the Microsoft training and certification site.

Reminder: IT Academy offers numerous resources to help students prepare for these certifications, including lesson plans, Microsoft Official Academic Course (MOAC), Microsoft Press study guides, online learning, and more.

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New MOS 2013 Master Certification Requirements

To make Microsoft Office Master Certification more flexible and desirable to test candidates and employers, Microsoft is excited to announce a change to the requirements needed to gain a Microsoft Office Master Certification in Microsoft Office 2013.

Starting in January 2015, test candidates will have the option to choose between three Master Certification tracks for MOS 2013--the Word Track, the Excel Track or the Traditional Track.  Multiple track options means you can focus on the specific skillset that will prepare you for your desired career path while still earning certifications in multiple Office applications to show potential employers that you have truly mastered Microsoft Office. Even better, anyone that has achieved one of these tracks before January will be retroactively awarded MOS 2013 Master certification.

Word

The Word track emphasizes deep Microsoft Word skills, and focuses on the skillset for potential careers in popular fields like Sales and Marketing, Legal, Journalism, and more.

Required exams: 77-425: Word Expert Part 1, 77-426: Word Expert Part 2,

77-420: Excel

Elective exams (select 1): 77-424: Access, 77-423: Outlook, 77-419: SharePoint,

77-421: OneNote

Excel

The Excel Track emphasizes deep Microsoft Excel skills for those interested in careers such as Accounting, Finance, Database Administration, or Research.

Required exams: 77-427: Excel Expert Part 1, 77-428: Excel Expert Part 2, 77-418: Word

Elective exams (select 1): 77-422: PowerPoint, 77-424: Access, 77-423: Outlook, 77-419: SharePoint, 77-421: OneNote

Traditional

The Traditional track resembles the requirements from MOS 2007 and 2010, with Expert certifications in both Word and Excel plus one elective exam.

Required exams: 77-425: Word Expert Part 1, 77-426: Word Expert Part 2, 77-427: Excel Expert Part 1, 77-428: Excel Expert Part 2

Elective (select 1): 77-422: PowerPoint, 77-424: Access, 77-423: Outlook, 77-419: SharePoint, 77-421: OneNote


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