Microsoft is everywhere. They own both Windows and Office — the most popular operating system and productivity suite. Windows Server runs hundreds of thousands of systems worldwide. Azure is among the top cloud providers. Companies need professionals who can leverage all these Microsoft products and services.
Considering the depth of the product suite and its wide adoption, Microsoft certifications are a logical choice for any IT professional.
Microsoft IT certifications training paths
The Microsoft certification path starts with the entry-level MTAs and progresses to the expert-level MCSE certifications. Due to the breadth of Microsoft products and their ubiquity in enterprise environments, most system admins will benefit from Microsoft certification training — and earning Microsoft certification.
Traditionally, Microsoft offered certifications tied to products (ex. - MCSA: Windows 10) and tested skills related to product knowledge. While they’re still offering many product-based certifications, Microsoft is moving to a role-based certification model, which emphasizes core technical skills over product knowledge. Anyone starting their Microsoft certification path should take the move to role-based certifications into account when selecting certifications.
CBT Nuggets offers online certification training for both role- and product-based certification exams in three Microsoft levels: Fundamental, Associate, and Expert.