The most recent set of Microsoft certifications are referred to as “Cloud-Built Certifications”. The new name reflects the fact that the certifications now include validation of both cloud-related and on-premises skills, and their integration.
The Associate Level
The “Associate Level” is represented by the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification. This foundational certification is designed to serve as the beginning of the certification process, and to validate the core platform skills needed in an IT environment. The MCSA is for IT professionals or developers looking to get their first job in Microsoft technology.
- MCSA – Windows Server 2012
- MCSA – Windows Server 2008
- MCSA – Windows SQL Server 2012
The Expert Level
The “Expert” level features two credentials: MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) and MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer). These certifications are considered to be globally recognized standards of IT excellence, and build on the MCSA.
MCSE: The MCSE is a premiere certification, which distinguishes IT Professionals who can deliver solutions across multiple technologies. MCSE certifications require holders to show continued ability by completing a recertification exam every two to three years.
- MCSE: Server Infrastructure
- MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
- MCSE: Private Cloud
- MCSE: SQL Server 2012 (Data Platform or Business Intelligence)
MCSD: For software developers, the MCSD represents the skills that you have learned and mastered to create solutions on various Microsoft technology platforms.
- MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML 5
- MCSD: Web Applications
The Master Level
The “Master” level is now represented by the MCSM (Microsoft Certified Solutions Master) certification. This credential will be granted to IT professionals who have demonstrated the deepest product expertise, who are expected to provide innovative solutions for large enterprises, using cloud-based, on-premise and hybrid technologies. The first MCSM certifications will be on Microsoft SQL Server 2012, but will eventually also be available to represent mastery of Microsoft Exchange, Lync, Sharepoint and Active Directory.
To learn more, contact your New Horizons Account Executive. Visit the Microsoft Learning Website for more details, and to check for the most recent updates.