Microsoft Technology Associate

Looking for a first step toward building a successful career in technology? Microsoft Technology Associate is the way to differentiate technology competency and explore academic and career options.

What is MTA?

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology. MTA certification addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, assesses and validates your core technical knowledge, and enhances your technical credibility.

Microsoft and Certiport team up to bring you this entry-level credential that validates essential technology knowledge. MTA makes it easy for schools to deliver technology education through a simple, convenient, and affordable suite of entry-level certification exams.

The MTA certification program is good for educators and students, as well as their institutions. Educators are empowered with easy-to-use Internet-based testing, students get the opportunity to earn a Microsoft certification right in the classroom, and institutions stand out as innovative technology curriculum providers. More...

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Frequently asked questions

The following questions specifically address Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications. 

Q. Is MTA a required prerequisite for MCSA or MCSD?
A. No, MTA is not required. MTA is for people new to technology, who need to validate their knowledge of fundamental concepts before moving on to more advanced certifications, such as MCSA and MCSD.

Q. How many exams do I need to pass to earn an MTA certification?
A. To earn an MTA certification, you need to pass one exam.

Q. Will MTA certifications expire?
A. No, MTA certifications do not expire.

Q. What do I get when I earn an MTA certification?
A. Earning an MTA certification helps prove your knowledge of fundamental technology concepts. Having a validated certification from Microsoft can help you launch a successful career.

Q. Where can I take my MTA certification exam?
A. If you are a student, find out whether your school is set up as a Certiport testing center and is signed up to administer MTA certification exams. If it is, your teacher or a proctor can deliver your exam to you. If your school is not signed up to administer MTA certification exams, an administrator or teacher at your school can contact Certiport at
If you’re not affiliated with an academic institution, you can take MTA exams at a Pearson VUE test center. To register for an exam, select an exam and then click the schedule button.

Q. How does the MTA certification fit into the overall Microsoft Certification Program?
A. The MTA certification provides the foundational knowledge necessary to pursue Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) or Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications. The MTA certification creates a new entry point to help those who are new to IT to jump start their careers
If you already have an in-depth understanding of and hands-on experience with Microsoft technologies, you might want to start with an MCSA certification or an MCSD certification. Find out more about Microsoft Certifications.

Q. I'm an instructor. How do I integrate MTA Certification Exam Review Kits into the curriculum that I’m already teaching?
A. The Exam Review Kits were created in a modular format so that they can be adapted for a variety of teaching scenarios. Each kit includes 20 lessons based on the topics covered in the associated MTA certification exam. You can select which lessons to use in your classroom, based on the curriculum you are already teaching.

Visit the Certification overview or Exam policies and FAQ pages for answers to general questions regarding Microsoft Certification or the exams.

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