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What is MCSA Certification?

MCSA, or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate, is a type of certification issued by Microsoft to IT professionals who have passed a series of official vendor-issued exams.

MCSA certifications are a trusted industry standard for measuring proficiency in Microsoft products, and are a helpful benchmark for skills assessment in IT hiring and promotion decisions.

In the context of other Microsoft certifications, an MCSA is a beginner-level certification. It is more advanced than an MTA, and a prerequisite of an MCSE.

How to get an MCSA Certification

MCSA certifications are issued exclusively by Microsoft upon completion of the requisite exams for a particular specialty. MCSA certifications do not expire, so you do not need to take a recertification exam as you would for an MCSE or MCSD. After studying for the certification, you can sign up to sit the exams on Microsoft’s certification exam page.

Types of MCSA Certifications

Here are some of the top, in-demand MCSA certifications.

MCSA Windows Server 2016

The Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 MCSAs prepare you to configure and administrate computer networks on those respective systems. To earn this, you must pass these 3 Microsoft exams:

  • Installation, Storage, and computer with Windows Server 2016 - #70-740
  • Networking with Windows Server 2016 - #70-741
  • Identity with Windows Server 2016 - #70-742

MCSA Windows Server 2012

To earn this, you must pass these 3 Microsoft exams:

  • Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 - #70-410
  • Administering Windows Server 2012 - #70-411
  • Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services - #70-412

MCSA Windows 10

The MCSA Windows 10 certification equips you with the skills to provide technical support for devices running Windows 10. To earn this, you must pass these 2 Microsoft exams:

  • Installing and Configuring Windows 10 - #70-698
  • Configuring Windows Devices - #70-697

MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014

A MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014 certification prepares you for database analysis or database management roles. To earn this, you must pass these 3 Microsoft exams:

  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - #70-461
  • Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database - #70-462
  • Implementing Data Warehouses with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 - #70-463

MCSA Web Applications

The MCSA Web Applications certification demonstrates proficiency in web development languages and frameworks such as HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, C#, and ASP.NET. To earn this, you must pass these 3 Microsoft exams:

  • Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 - #70-480
  • Programming in C# - #70-483
  • Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications - #70-486

MCSA Universal Windows Platform

The MCSA Universal Windows Platform certification is helpful for software and mobile app developers. To earn this, you must pass these 3 Microsoft exams:

  • Programming in C# - #70-483
  • Developing Mobile Apps - #70-357

MCSA Certification Training Courses

Whether you plan to take the official exams or not, taking an MCSA certification training course will equip you with in-demand IT skills. Furthermore, an MCSA training course can provide instruction on legacy systems. Microsoft retires certifications for legacy versions of software, such as Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2008, even though many organizations may still be using these.

Skillsoft offers extensive resources geared toward MCSA certification training. Expert-led online courses, books, virtual labs, and practice tests on all of the above topics are included in our IT portfolio.

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