Schools with Microsoft Certification Programs

Explore some of the many certifications that Microsoft offers, and read about the courses you could take to prepare for the certification exams. Find out how to locate a school that offers Microsoft certification courses.

Plenty of schools offer students the opportunity to earn Microsoft certifications. These programs are typically offered through a school's Continuing Education department.

What Can I Get out of a Microsoft Certification?

Since so many businesses use Microsoft platforms and software, being certified means you've been trained in the technical skills that could possibly give you an edge in a competitive job market or help you make more money. Microsoft has certifications in four business categories: information technology (IT) professional, IT developer, business manager and business professional. You can earn a certification in a range of Microsoft products and platforms like servers, point-of-sale products, networks, project management software and office tools. Some of the certifications available are:

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Certified Master (MCM)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)
  • Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)

Which Course Do I Take?

The type of certification course you may choose depends on your career goals and experience. For example, if you're an executive assistant and you want more training in the use of spreadsheets, word processing tools and presentation software, you might want to obtain the MOS certification. One the other hand, if you're an IT professional, you may wish to acquire the MCTS or MCITP certification, depending on your current skills and job roles.

How Do I Find a Course?

Many 4-year colleges and universities, as well as community colleges, have courses that can prepare you for taking a Microsoft certification exam. Classes can be offered through a school's IT department or Continuing Education program, and many institutions offer the courses online. You'll want to select a course that gives you the education you need for the certification exam you're planning to take. When looking for a Microsoft certification course, it's a good idea to select a college or university that uses curriculum approved by Microsoft. Also, while you're able to take the exams directly through Microsoft, some schools offer the exams at a discounted rate.

Which Schools Offer Courses in Microsoft Certification?

Microsoft certifications are available from a variety of programs at community schools. Some of these programs are offered through the Continuing Education department at these institutions.

  • St. Louis Community College offers a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification.
  • Austin Community College offers Microsoft Certifications in tracks like SQL Server, Operating System Server, and .NET Programming.
  • Minneapolis Community and Technical College offers Microsoft Certifications in Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

There are a number of schools that offer Microsoft certifications, in different formats. Consider certifications in Information Technology Professional, Certified Systems Engineer, and Professional Developer.