Microsoft Technology Associate

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Microsoft Technology Associate is an entry-level certification that validates fundamental technology skills and knowledge in Microsoft products. MTA exams are designed to assess and validate core technical concepts in three primary areas: Databases (MS SQL Server), Development (Visual Studio) and IT Infrastructure (Windows, Windows Server).[1] MTA exams and certification are offered as part of the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) program.

As of February 9, 2021, there are 12 active MTA exams in total.[2]

Active exam list[edit]

As of February 2021, the active Microsoft Technology Associate exams are:[2]

Exam Track Exam Product Exam Number Exam Name Status Retirement Day
IT Windows 98-349 Windows Operating System Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
IT Windows Server 2016 98-365 Windows Server Administration Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
IT None 98-366 Networking Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
IT None 98-367 Security Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
IT None 98-368 Mobility and Device Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Database Microsoft SQL Server 98-364 Database Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Development Visual Studio 98-361 Software Development Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Development Visual Studio 98-375 HTML5 App Development Fundamentals Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Development Visual Studio 98-381 Introduction to Programming Using Python Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Development Visual Studio 98-382 Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Development Visual Studio 98-383 Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022
Development Visual Studio 98-388 Introduction to Programming Using Java Live, retirement date planned June 30, 2022

Retired exam list[edit]

As of October 7, 2019, the retired Microsoft Technology Associate exams are:

Exam Track Exam Product Exam Number Exam Name Retirement Day
Development Visual Studio 98-373 Mobile Development Fundamentals July 31, 2014
Development Visual Studio 98-362 Windows Development Fundamentals July 31, 2014
Development Visual Studio 98-363 Web Development Fundamentals July 31, 2015
Development Visual Studio 98-372 .NET Fundamentals July 31, 2015
Development Visual Studio 98-374 Gaming Development Fundamentals July 31, 2015
Development Visual Studio 98-379 Software Testing Fundamentals July 31, 2016[3]
IT None 98-369 Cloud Fundamentals September 30, 2019

Exam availability[edit]

The Microsoft Technology Associate exams can be scheduled with two exam providers:

  • Certiport for students, educators and schools
  • Pearson VUE

There are multiple differences about scheduling an exam with Certiport or Pearson VUE such as:

  • In Pearson VUE, you need to have two identification documents while in Certiport, you need to have only one
  • In Pearson VUE, they take a photo of you and they want a digital signature while in Certiport you don't have to do it
  • Outside the United States, there is a restriction with voucher availability in some countries. For example, the Greek Authorized Partner of Certiport can give vouchers only to testing centers and not to candidates while in Pearson VUE you can purchase the voucher online via VUE's site.
  • In Pearson VUE testing centers, there are testing days and hours very often while in Certiport, there is one exam datetime per 15 days.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Computer training for Microsoft products and technologies". Microsoft Learning. Retrieved 2015-07-30.
  2. ^ a b "Browse Certifications and Exams, MTA". Microsoft.com.
  3. ^ Jones, Edward (22 January 2016). "Planned Microsoft exam retirements for 2016". Firebrand Training blog. Retrieved 9 September 2016.