Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Start your career in technology
by earning your MTA certifications

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) suite of certification exams validate core IT infrastructure, software development, and database administration knowledge. For those new to IT, MTA is the recommended starting point for Microsoft Professional and Developer Certifications.

If you are new to IT, and looking to enhance, or change your career, becoming MTA certified will provide you with the confidence and credentials to build a rewarding career with Microsoft technologies.

MTA is the gateway to advanced Microsoft Certifications, providing that essential "first step", and the baseline understanding you need to successfully pursue cloud enabled MCSA, MCSE and MCSD credentials. Learn more about individual exam objectives here.

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MTA candidates are able to understand and explain fundamental concepts of the topic on which they are being tested. Hands-on hardware or technology experience is recommended, but not always required. Find MTA Training courses by a Microsoft Learning Partner. When you click on the button above and schedule an exam with Prometric at a center and at a time that is convenient to you. Refer to the MTA skills development roadmap below for exam numbers and titles so you can enter the one you want during the registration process.(Note: If you are a student currently in full time academic studies, you may qualify for special academic pricing through Certiport. Click here to learn more.


  • IT Professional Exams
  • Devloper Exams
  • Database Exams

MTA at a Glance

MTA offers fundamental tracks for Microsoft Server, Desktop, Database and Developer certifications. Prepare for MCSA or MCSD with the MTA fundamentals:

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Database Training