Understanding the Microsoft MTA Certifications SAMIT Video


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    The Microsoft MTA exams can be confusing if you are not versed in the certification space and a lot of people just hear that Microsoft certifications are great and forget that people are discussing their professional certification options and not just anything. If you are wanting to work in IT, you need to understand what the MS MTA certs are, and why they aren't for you.



  • This chart makes it seem like MS wants you to go through MCTs on the "path". And "MCP" isn't even in here.

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  • Another one of their charts.

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    @guyinpv that chart is two generations old. Those certs aren't even the cert names today. It's weird that they show the MTAs like that as if they are industry certs. But they are trying, I think, to show that they are certs (which they are, just not pro certs) and that they are for investigating things in that general path. That's their purpose - for learning about those areas. But they don't certify you in those areas. That's why their names aren't things like "Administrator" but "Fundamentals." When you get the MCSA you are a certified "Administrator" or "Certified as an Administrator." What do you say with the MTA... you are a "certified fundamental?" That's like calling yourself a "Certified Noob".


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    Also notice that that is a Roadmap for Students, not a road map for IT Pros. It has the MTA on it because it's for students looking to learn more about career paths.


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    Let's look at the Windows 10 Cert, just to understand how MS words it today.

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    For the Windows 10 MCSA, the first step is to possess the background skills. The MTA is listed here as an option means of "having" the skills. It's in no way needed and the suggestion here is that it is a background pre-professional general knowledge exam for showing yourself that you have what you need in your background.

    Under Exams for the MCSA, the MTA is not listed, because it's not part of the professional certification path.


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    Notice that this isn't for working professionals but for "aspiring technologists", e.g. students. There is nothing wrong with the MTA for when it is intended. But it's not required for anything real, so best to skip it because for just a little more effort, you can get something far better.


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    An MCSA requires but two exams as it is:

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    Both of these are "post" MTA exams. These are meant for professionals, not students. Only these tests are needed.



  • Why bother with any of them? MS changes absolutely everything about their roadmap and certs every two years anyway! lol


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    @guyinpv said in Understanding the Microsoft MTA Certifications SAMIT Video:

    Why bother with any of them? MS changes absolutely everything about their roadmap and certs every two years anyway! lol

    Other than lowering the stringency of the MCSA and MCSE, those have remained the same for decades. The MCSA is the MCP+I from the 1990s. Other than updating that horrible name and dropping the MCSE+I for being "too hard" for the Windows world very little has actually changed. They update the underlying certs every two server generations, but of course they have to do that. But the basics have never changed.


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    The basic information on how the certs work from 1996 still apply today. That's 21 years and counting. It's not expected to change for the next several years at least. The MTAs were a pre-pro cert added later, but as they are pre-pro and are not on the roadmap, that's not really a change. They've very slightly altered the MCP name, but that's fine as it was so ridiculous and pointless anyway. It's a bit like the SATs, after the mid-2000s they had to "dumb it all down" a little bit as it was just too hard for their audience.

    But the MCSA and MCSE have remained pretty staunchly in place except for a really brief rebranding period that they immediately reverted, for decades and while they are much easier than they used to be, they remain in the same market position as always.



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