Certification Overview

To succeed in today’s competitive job market, whether looking for new opportunities or advancing in your current position, you need to build and demonstrate your technology expertise and skills.

When evaluating new candidates or considering the competencies of existing staff, employers recognize the value of a Microsoft Certification. These certifications provide the recognition you need to excel in your career and provides employers with validation of your skills

The MCSE courses focus on the skills needed to manage Microsoft Windows 2003 based networks and back office systems running on Windows XP and 2000 thereby preparing students for the certification process. The MCSE course enables the students to design and implement the infrastructure for computerized business solutions. These courses are primarily aimed at system engineers, technical support engineers, system and network analysts, and technical consultants who are involved in the installation, configuration and troubleshooting of network systems in medium to large organizations.

Train for your MCSA or MCSE on Windows Server 2003 and get closer to Windows Server 2008

The strength of Windows Server 2003 in the market today indicates that demand for related IT expertise will continue for years to come. The best way to demonstrate you have those skills?and to inspire confidence in a hiring manager, your team, and yourself on Windows Server 2003?is with the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) credentials. These credentials will not retire.

In addition, Windows Server 2003-certified professionals have the most efficient path to the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system.

Why get certified?

Earning a Microsoft Certification validates your proven experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Designed to be relevant in today’s rapidly changing IT marketplace, Microsoft Certifications help you utilize evolving technologies, fine-tune your troubleshooting skills, and improve your job satisfaction.

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 Professional (MCP) resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCPs.

The Benefits of Certification.

In addition to polishing your skill set, MCP certifications provide many specific advantages, including:

  • Industry recognition of your knowledge and proficiency
  • Logos and certificates to identify your MCP status
  • Access to exclusive secured MCP Member Site
  • Exclusive discounts on products and services
  • Access to career-related tools
  • Invitations to conferences, training sessions, and special events

Technical Series

Microsoft Certifications are broadly grouped in series that map to job roles. If you are new to technology, you might want to start by exploring our specialist certifications. Seasoned IT professionals and developers should consider advanced Professional or Master series certifications.

Specialist Series

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) series credential demonstrates in-depth knowledge of a key Microsoft product or technology, validating your ability to implement, build, troubleshoot, and debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as Windows Server, Microsoft .NET Framework, or Microsoft SQL Server. Choose from more than 30 certifications, with more being added as new technologies are introduced.

Earning an MCTS certification typically requires that you successfully pass one to three exams and have at least one year of relevant experience.

Learn more about the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential

Professional Series

The Professional Series credential validates a comprehensive set of job-related skills, such as project management, system design, operations management, and planning. Demonstrate your focus on a single job role, thereby providing a reliable indicator of on-the-job performance. Typically, a Professional Series certification requires that you pass one to three exams and have one or more technology certifications.

Choose from two Professional Series certifications, which are based on job roles:

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)



Microsoft Certifications are continually evaluated and updated to ensure their relevance in the marketplace. As a result, earning a certification not only helps you stay up-to-speed on the latest developments in Microsoft technologies and platforms, but enables you to demonstrate to employers your on-the-job skills.

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Whether you are new to technology, changing jobs, or a seasoned IT professional, when you earn a certification, you are showing employers your commitment to advancing your skills and taking on greater IT challenges. See where certification fits into your career path:

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Microsoft Certification provides you access to MCP exclusive resources and benefits, including the chance to connect with a wide network of other certified professionals throughout the world.

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