Whether you are a seasoned technical specialist or someone just starting out in the field of IT, Microsoft Certification can prove invaluable if you want to work in almost any technical environment. If you are an expert they validate your existing skill set, look good on your CV and are often what non tech-savvy recruiters and HR teams look for when deciding whom to bring in on interview. For new people to IT, Microsoft Certification can provide a clear learning plan and structure to help you get the skills you need and ensure that they are industry recognized wherever you are.
How Do I Get Microsoft Certified?
With all the courses you can opt to use the learning materials provided by Microsoft or other third parties, work through the content at home via self-study or go through a recognized course provider on a residential based training course. If you are confident in your skills you could just take the exam at an approved testing center but it is recommend you at least read through the sample exams and material provided online by Microsoft first.
What Qualifications are Available?
With a wide range of qualifications and certifications available there is something for everyone at every level from causal office users to hardcore programmers. Below is list of a few of the certifications available, please check out the outstandingly useful Microsoft Learning Site (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/default.aspx) for full information and guidance.
MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
Perhaps the most common and most prestigious Microsoft Certification. There are a variety of tracks and specialization available to get this certification and it is worth giving some thought about what direction you want to focus your skills. This qualification grows out of other certifications so you will also build a portfolio of certifications as you progress.
MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist)
Suitable for professionals who don’t want to become coders but need to prove a level of proficiency with commonly used office-based software. This is leveled so as to be suitable for both everyday office workers and help-desk support staff.
MCDST (Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician)
A straightforward qualification that can really improve your chances of getting a well paid IT support role.
MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer)
For all the coders out there, this qualification covers a range of development tools and languages, which you can select according to the area of expertise you want to develop.