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What is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)?

A MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) is an individual who has formally validated their Microsoft technology skill set by taking Microsoft’s certifications in one or more technology specialization. This will make them a Microsoft Certified Professional and means that they meet Microsoft’s levels of competency, expertise and knowledge in their specialization.

 Why take the MCTS?

Taking the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) qualification will validate your Microsoft skill-set, experience and knowledge. Having a recognized MCP qualification will mean that potential employers can instantly see your expertise and as a result may hire you for appropriate projects.  When searching CV databases, many employers and recruitment consultants actually look for specific Microsoft qualifications as keywords, so by having a MCTS qualification on your CV you will increase your visibility and the number of times your CV appears in searches, making you more hire-able and desirable to potential hiring managers.


What MCTS exams are available?

You need to pass one to four exams to become a MCTS depending on the technology you are specializing in. Currently the following MCTS exams are available:


Exchange and Lync Server


Project and Project Server



SQL Server

System Centre

 Server 2008


Microsoft Development



Mobile Development

 Server 2008


Other Technology

What is the best way to train for my MCTS exams?

There are many ways to train for your MCTS exams depending on the amount of time and money you want to commit. Microsoft provides their own learning materials online and you can also buy various books and e-books on the subject. You could take a traditional classroom based course or self-study with a Microsoft Approved provider. One of the best, most efficient ways to train is to download exam questions and answers from an online provider, these ensure you give the exact answer to the questions and are quick and easy to read and digest then test yourself.


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