Microsoft runs a very successful academic outreach program for training and certification known as the Microsoft IT Academy. Not only does the program include a specialized series of entry-level credentials specifically aimed at high school and community college students called the MTA (Microsoft Technology Associate), it also encompasses the MCSA, MCSE and MCSD credentials in their professional certification programs and the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist) credentials from its business workplace curriculum as well.
Just recently I learned that Microsoft Learning has put together a peachy infographic that summarizes and organizes their IT Academy offerings, thanks to Lorna White’s recent post to its Born to Learn blog entitled “Infographic: Microsoft IT Academy Certification Roadmap.” Realizing that the vast majority of readers of this blog are past their high school or college days, you might be inclined to ask “Why is Ed telling me this?”
Good question! I’m talking about this infographic here because it’s one of the best visual depictions of Microsoft’s first three tiers of certification (MTA –> MCSA –> MCSE + MCSD with a side order of MOS) that I’ve ever seen anywhere. Anyone looking for a little clarity on what’s out there, and how the pieces fit together is bound to find the infographic worth a look-see. Even the illegible thumbnail I inserted at the head of this blog post is evocative, if not terribly informative. But if you want to see the infographic in its fullest (and most readable) form, you’ll need to grab this PDF download to peruse it at your leisure. Do please check it out: it’s pretty interesting.