IT professionals and developers in the United States are invited to participate in online forums and self-paced events leading up to "National Certification Day" on Saturday, May 31, 2014. During the month of May, take advantage of free Microsoft Virtual Academy training and participate in our Yammer group to connect with experts and find resources to help you prepare for exams that meet your company’s competency needs or your personal certification goals. Then, on May 31, visit your local, participating New Horizons office to take your exam.

Learn more about Microsoft IT certifications.

How to participate

  1. Join Microsoft and New Horizons experts in the National Certification Day Yammer group. Request your invitation.
  2. During the month of May, take advantage of free Jump Start accelerated certification prep courses from Microsoft Virtual Academy for select topics and exams (see the exams and competencies section at the end of this post). Partner learning paths may also be helpful in your exam preparation.
  3. Before May 31, purchase your exam voucher through one of these offers. You may also use an exam voucher you have already purchased.
  4. Choose your New Horizons testing location and call to schedule your exam (see participating locations below).
  5. On Saturday, May 31, show up at your New Horizons location with your voucher to take your exam between 8:00AM to 5:00PM (onsite exam registrations will be taken until 1:00PM).

Each participating New Horizons location will offer door prizes (two Dell Venue Pro devices) and there will be a drawing for one Microsoft Surface Pro 2 from all National Certification Day participants. Ask your New Horizons office for details.

Purchase your exam voucher at up to 40% savings

On May 31, you’ll need to bring an exam voucher with you to New Horizons. This is a great opportunity to use a second shot voucher before it expires! But if you don’t already have a voucher, here are two options to purchase yours prior to May 31:

For more information about this "National Certification Day" offer, please visit the U.S. Partner Training and Certification Blog.