Your First Steps

Building a successful career in technology begins with one step: MTA certification. This lays the groundwork for you to explore professions involving technology—and let’s face it, every profession involves technology in some way because every business in the world relies on it. Knowing how technology works and understanding its impact on today's academic and workplace environment is more important than ever.

Microsoft and Certiport are pleased to offer you the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification—a new entry-level credential from Microsoft that validates fundamental technology knowledge for students seeking to build a career in technology.

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is the ideal and preferred path to Microsoft's world-renowned advanced technology certification programs, such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD). MTA is sure to become the premier credential for individuals seeking to explore and pursue a career in technology, or augment related pursuits such as business or any other field where technology is pervasive.

MTA Advances STEM-D* Students

Get the foundation and the confidence to be successful as a STEM-D student. MTA can help you with intermediate studies and certifications, and ultimately prepare for a successful career in technology.

This innovative program lets students explore their technology aptitude, interests, and leanings without a big investment of time or money—and sets them apart from non-credentialed technology students. MTA allows students to demonstrate their commitment to technology and starts them on the path to becoming innovative technology leaders—all while connecting them to a community of more than five million Microsoft Certified Professionals.

* Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Design

MTA Compliments Non-Core IT Students

Non-Core IT students, particularly those entering the field of business, will find that MTA is the perfect curriculum complement. Since technology plays a critical role in virtually every business around the world, possessing fundamental knowledge of technology will be instrumental to any business professional's success. It can mean the difference between thriving in the business world and merely surviving it.

This new entry-level technology certification from Microsoft gives undecided students an opportunity to easily explore a variety of technology career paths without ever leaving the classroom. MTA differentiates dedicated and motivated students with a Microsoft technology credential recognized around the world.



Students with a MTA certification have a credential that validates fundamental knowledge and provides an essential foundation to build a career in technology.

Career Options

Explore a variety of technology career options before you choose a specialized career path—with minimal investment of time and money.

Career Building

MTA is the first step in becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).


MTA builds confidence and helps students succeed with continued studies, compete on admissions, and prepare for a successful career in technology.


MTA complements business and other related courses and degrees with industry-recognized technology credential.

The MTA Campus License

Your institution may have an MTA Campus License. which means certifying is very convenient for you. This license allows your school to administer the exam, right in a classroom, and as many students who wish to certify, can take the test. Ask your instructor about the campus license. If your school doesn’t have one yet, it’s easy to get. The MTA Campus License provides a convenient and affordable suite of entry-level technology certifications designed to empower educators and motivate students as they build a foundation for their careers. It’s good for 500 exams per year.

Why Get Certified?

Whether you are new to technology, changing jobs, or a seasoned IT professional, becoming certified demonstrates to customers, peers, and employers that you are committed to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges. In addition, certification provides you with access to exclusive Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCPs.

Microsoft certification grows with your career. MTA validates students' understanding of the key IT building blocks essential for intermediate study, while more advanced certifications such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) validate skills and experience with Microsoft products and IT solutions developed using Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certifications recognize and reward your abilities and expertise as your career develops.

Learn more about the benefits of Microsoft Certification

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