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The future of Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications

The future of Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications

Adapted from Microsoft Tech Community Page

While the responsibilities of IT professionals have become increasingly complex, the importance of having relevant technical skills and industry-recognized certifications has grown. To help our next generation succeed and attain necessary skills for jobs of the future, we are committed to supporting educational institutes, educators, and students.

For anyone starting out into the broad world of technology, our fundamentals training and certifications on Microsoft Learn are a great place to start. With eight fundamentals certifications and growing, they validate foundational understanding with mixed concepts and applied learning of Microsoft technologies, and are a springboard to our role-based certifications across emerging and in-demand jobs such as data analysts, IT administrators, developers, and security engineers. And designed for academic leaders and teachers, the new Microsoft Learn for Educators program provides instructional resources to help their students learn new technical skills and prepare for their certification journey. Microsoft Learn also includes learning paths for students to help build technical skills for the future with foundational programming languages like Python, PowerShell, HTML, JavaScript, etc.

As we continue to invest in our fundamentals and role-based learning offerings, all remaining exams associated with the Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications will retire on June 30, 2022.

Important dates and next steps:

  • MTA certification exam licenses can be purchased until June 30, 2021.
  • MTA certification exams will retire on June 30, 2022. Effective July 1, 2022, MTA exam deliveries by our exam delivery providers, Certiport and Pearson VUE, will cease.
  • If you’re working towards an MTA certification, you’ll want to pass the required exam(s) before they retire on June 30, 2022.

If you have an existing MTA certification, it will remain on your Microsoft transcript, even after the exams retire. It will remain in the active section of your transcript for two years from June 30, 2022; at that time, the certification will be moved to the “Certification History” section of your transcript.

Adapted from Microsoft Tech Community Page


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