Microsoft Technology Associate Certifications (MTA)

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The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is an entry-level credential that validates fundamental technology skills and knowledge among students and job-seekers who are pursuing a career in technology.  MTA addresses a wide range of critical technology concepts with exams that are designed to assess and validate core technical concepts in three primary areas: Developer, Database, and IT Professional.

As the preferred path to Microsoft’s Certified Professional exams, such as Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), MTA is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in starting a career in technology.

Developer Exams:

Introduction to Programming Using Java
Exam 98-388
Candidates for this exam require instruction and/or hands-on experience (150 hours) with Java, are familiar with its features and capabilities, and understand how to write, debug, and maintain well-formed, well documented Java code.

This entry level certification is intended for application developers working with Java. The code used in the exam is Java SE, and the syntax used in this exam is compatible with Java 6 SE through the most recent release.

Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSS
Exam 98-383
Candidates for this exam should be able to recognize and write syntactically correct HTML and CSS, structure data using HTML elements, and create and apply styles using CSS.

Candidates are expected to have had, at minimum, instruction and/or hands-on experience of approximately 150 hours with HTML and CSS, be familiar with their features and capabilities, and understand how to write, debug, and maintain well-formed HTML and CSS code.

Introduction to Programming Using JavaScript
Exam 98-382
Candidates for this exam should be able to recognize and write syntactically correct JavaScript code, use data types supported by JavaScript, and recognize and write JavaScript code that will logically solve a given problem.

Candidates are expected to have had, at minimum, instruction and/or hands-on experience (150 hours) with the JavaScript programming language, be familiar with its features and capabilities, and understand how to write, debug, and maintain well-formed, well documented JavaScript code.

Introduction to Programming Using Python
Exam 98-381
Candidates for this exam should be able to recognize and write syntactically correct Python code, recognize data types supported by Python, and recognize and write Python code that will logically solve a given problem.

Candidates are expected to have had, at minimum, instruction and/or hands-on experience (150 hours) with the Python programming language, be familiar with its features and capabilities, and understand how to write, debug, and maintain well-formed, well documented Python code.

Introduction to Programming Using Block-Based Languages
Exam 98-380
Candidates for this exam should understand algorithmic flow, can describe computer programs, use and implement common program control structures, and describe what the code does in block-based programming languages such as the Touch Develop environment from Microsoft and MIT Scratch.

Candidates should also be familiar with the concepts and technologies described here by taking relevant training courses, such as Creative Coding Through Games and Apps (CCGA) or Scratch or Blockly courses. Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience designing, creating, and publishing code within a block-based programming language.

HTML5 Application Developer Fundamentals
Exam 98-375
Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove core HTML5 client application development skills that will run on today’s touch-enabled devices (PCs, tablets, and phones). Although HTML is often thought of as a web technology that is rendered in a browser to produce a UI, this exam focuses on using HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript to develop client applications.

Before taking this exam, candidates should have solid foundational knowledge of the topics outlined here and have some hands-on experience with the related technologies either by taking relevant training courses or by working with tutorials and samples available on MSDN and in Microsoft Visual Studio.

Software Development Fundamentals
Exam 98-361
Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove core software development skills. Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of the topics outlined in this preparation guide.

It is recommended that candidates be familiar with the concepts of, and have hands-on experience with, the technologies described here either by taking relevant training courses or by working with tutorials and samples available on MSDN and in Microsoft Visual Studio.

Cloud Fundamentals
Exam 98-369
Candidates for this exam are looking to demonstrate basic skills and fundamental knowledge of Microsoft cloud services. The exam can serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams.

Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Office 365, Microsoft Intune, firewalls, network topologies and devices, and network ports.

Mobility and Device Fundamentals
Exam 98-368
Candidates for this exam should have fundamental skills in, and a basic knowledge of, Windows devices and mobility. It can serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams.

Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows devices, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, anti-malware products, firewalls, network topologies and devices, and network ports.

Database Exams:

Database Administration Fundamentals
Exam 98-364
Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove introductory knowledge of, and skills with, databases — including relational databases such as Microsoft SQL Server or Windows Azure SQL Database.

It is recommended that candidates be familiar with the concepts of and have hands-on experience with the technologies described here. Although minimal hands-on experience with the technologies is recommended, job experience is not assumed for these exams.

IT Professional Exams:

Security Fundamentals
Exam 98-367
Candidates for this exam are seeking to validate fundamental security knowledge and skills. Security Fundamentals can serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams.

Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, anti-malware products, firewalls, network topologies and devices, and network ports.

Networking Fundamentals
Exam 98-366
Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove fundamental networking knowledge and skills. Networking Fundamentals can serve as a stepping stone to the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams.

Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows based networking, network management tools, DNS, TCP/IP, names resolution process, and network protocols and topologies.

Windows Operating System Fundamentals
Exam 98-349
Candidates for this exam should have knowledge of fundamental Windows operating system concepts in a Windows 10 environment.

Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with the Windows OS, with desktop computers, and application virtualization.

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
Exam 98-365
Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove Windows Server administration knowledge and skills.

Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with Windows Server, Windows-based networking, Active Directory, account management, and system recovery tools and concepts.