What’s on the menu for your future?

May we suggest a healthy serving of IT certification, followed by a delicious, high-paying career?

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Want a leg up in the tech world?

Microsoft certifications, without a doubt, give you the edge. What do we mean?

72% of employers use IT Certification as a requirement for certain jobs.1

65% of IT Employers use Certifications to differentiate between equally qualified candidates.1

66% of employers see IT Certification as very valuable, a dramatic 30% increase since 2011.1

Earn college credit.

Students who take the Microsoft Certified Professional Exam can get credit toward classes in college.

Get hired.

Employers find people with certifications more valuable. Because of this, tech companies are actively looking to hire and promote candidates with certifications.

Make more money.

Once you land the job, certified employees earn 15% more on average than staff without a certification.

Score that promotion faster.

Having a Microsoft Certification is like wearing a badge that lets your boss know immediately, how professional, and competent you are. Certification will help you pull ahead of the pack when applying for your next promotion or opportunity.

1 2015 Foote Partners. IT Skills + Certification Pay Index. March 3, 2015.

How do I get certified? It’s as easy as pie.

The road to certification is straightforward. We’ll break it down for you:

Step 1

Decide which certification you want

Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP): If you’re looking to advance your career in the tech world or gain benefits like credit as a college student, MCP is the gold standard. MCP certifies skills across a range of Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) are just a few of the certifications you could attain that will help you get the job, the promotions, and more money

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA): If you’re just getting started in technology, MTA might be the certification for you. It addresses a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts, and assesses and validates core technical knowledge in three areas: IT infrastructure, databases, and developers.

More info on finding the right certification for you >

Step 2

Find out how Microsoft can help

Microsoft wants to help students on their path to certification. To do this we’ve established all kinds of incentives and benefits for you to take advantage of. Here’s just a few:

  1. Discounted student pricing on exams. Enjoy deep discounts up to 48% off exams! Check out the discounts available in your region.
  2. Free online training courses from Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA).
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  3. Download free e-books from Microsoft Press
Learn more about special offers for students >

Step 3

Get the training you need

Once you’ve decided which certification exam you’ll take, it’s time to attain all the knowledge you’ll need to pass. You can sign up for in-person training, take free online training courses at MVA, and download free e-books from Microsoft Press to help you study up.

Already got all the knowledge you need? That’s great news! Skip Step 3 and get that exam scheduled. The sooner you pass it, the closer you are to your dream job.

Step 4

Go do it! Schedule the exam

Now that you’re all prepped, it’s time to get that certification under your belt.

Exams are simple to schedule and take. Each exam lasts approximately 90 minutes, and can be taken online in the privacy of your home, or surrounded by like-minded techies at an authorized testing center near you.

Don’t wait! Schedule your exam today

The cherry on top

Ninety-one percent of hiring managers consider certification as part of their hiring criteria. (Microsoft, Microsoft Certification Program Satisfaction Study, April 2012)

In high-growth industries, entry-level employees who hold a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification or Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can earn up to $16,000 more, annually, than their peers. (IDC/Microsoft, Skills Requirements for Tomorrow’s Best Jobs: Helping Educators Provide Students with Skills and Tools They Need, October 2013)