MTA for students


Take the First Steps Toward Building a Successful Career in Technology


Technology plays a role in virtually every business around the world. Possessing the fundamental knowledge of how technology works and understanding its impact on today's academic and workplace environment is increasingly important—particularly for students interested in exploring professions involving technology. That's why 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 among 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 Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP). 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


MTA helps STEM-D students prepare for a successful career in technology. By validating core IT knowledge, it provides them with the foundation and confidence to be successful with intermediate studies and certifications, and ultimately a 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


MTA is the perfect curriculum complement for Non-Core IT students, particularly those entering the field of business. 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 as oppose to 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.



Student Benefits


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

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Why Get Certified?


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 Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) 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.

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


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