By earning a Microsoft Certification, you gain advanced, market-relevant skills that employers recognize and respect as well as opportunities to connect with a global community of other certified professionals. A study (“Impact of Training: Functional Excellence Leads to Operational Productivity,” IDC, Doc# 215762, Dec. 2008) conducted by IDC looked at the organizational performance of more than 2,000 IT teams, examining the relationship of team performance to the percentage of the team certified on a variety of technologies. The study states: “Unequivocally, certification, as a measure of skill, showed a positive correlation to performance improvement.” In the areas of general service excellence and specific measures of task-level performance, certification made a measurable impact:
Sixty percent of managers surveyed believe the skill of the team contributed most to the success of technology function.
Seventy-five percent of managers believe that certification is important to team performance.
Sixty-six percent of managers believe that computer training certification improves the level of service and support offered to IT end users, prospects and customers.
Team performance increases every time a new team member is certified.
Concentration certification in a team is clearly linked to team capability and performance.
With a sufficient percentage of team members certified, IT operational performance can increase up to an average of 11 percent. The research suggests that about 25 percent of IT professionals hold some form of relevant certification.
Microsoft computer certifications help validate the skills you use every day. They help you improve your technology problem-solving skills and your performance on the job. Go ahead. Strive for the rewards, respect, and recognition you deserve. Become a Microsoft Certified Professional today!
The following list details the various Microsoft Certifications and describes how each enables certified IT professionals to display and validate their skills and experience:
The premier Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) program recognizes and provides advanced certification to practicing network architects in an enterprise setting and helps enable the highest-achieving professionals in Microsoft IT architecture distinguish their expertise from their peers. If you already have proven experience designing and delivering IT solutions for enterprise customers along with the technical and leadership skills that surpass those of your peers, consider earning the Microsoft MCA certification at PC Professor, an Authorized Microsoft training school. By doing so, you can validate your advanced proficiency and join an exclusive, world-class community of IT computer experts. Please note that other conditions and certifications may be prerequisite requirements prior to earning an MCA designation. See your PC Professor Admissions Representative for a planning “roadmap” to get started on this elite IT Microsoft certification track.
Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) certification allows IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to use Microsoft technologies to develop and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services. Demonstrate your ability to build software applications using Microsoft Visual Studio .NET and web services on Microsoft’s .NET Framework. The MCAD certification not only helps candidates gain gain recognition as a trained software application developer, but also shows current and potential employers that you have the skills and expertise necessary to build the powerful software applications that they seek. Your PC Professor Admissions Representative can help you design the Microsoft curriculum to help you achieve your MCAD career objectives.
The Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification enables IT professionals to assure others of their ability to design, implement, and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases. A Microsoft MCDBA would be the ideal candidate to design a database for a firm seeking to create a customized solution allowing them to do quick database sorting. For example, let’s say a doctor wanted to know all of his/her patients who lived in a specific zip code, or, the name of every patient that has had a certain disease within the last six months. Or, perhaps a large law firm wants custom software to do a conflict check before they accept a case. Both examples would probably want to retain the services of a MCDBA professional since knowledge of how to create a complex database is a requirement for each project.
A Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification helps IT professionals demonstrate their technical and customer service skills in troubleshooting hardware and software operation issues in Microsoft Windows environments. Similar in nature to PC Professor’s A+ Computer Repair Technician class, this preparatory class is popular among those who feel that there will remain a need for computer repairs, malware eradication, and custom user configurations for many years to come.
The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification enables IT professionals to assure and demonstrate comprehensive skills in planning, deploying, supporting, maintaining, and optimizing IT infrastructures. Formerly known as MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), the hands on technical class is one of our most popular among students seeking in-demand career training since it incorporates working with computers with the need to set up networks, email configurations, establishing multi-user internet connections, establishing local area networks and more.
Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) certification helps IT professionals demonstrate comprehensive skills in designing, developing, and deploying applications for a particular job role. These certifications show that you have the skills required to perform the job or project involving Microsoft Visual Studio and the .NET Framework successfully. This certification from Microsoft provides hiring managers with an unbiased indicator of your capabilities as a software developer, while, at the same time, offers you the option to upgrade your credential to support new releases as business needs evolve.
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification helps IT professionals demonstrate their ability to design and implement an infrastructure solution with Windows Server 2003–based business solutions. Note: For newer Microsoft technologies such as Exchange Server 2010, Windows Server 2008, or SQL Server 2008, we recommend that you pursue the MCITP preparatory certification. If you already have the MCSE designation and would like to upgrade your designation to the newer MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional), stop by and visit your PC Professor Admissions Rep who will be happy to help you design a certification upgrade map based on the Microsoft hardware and software modules you have already taken and those in which you have an interest to pursue.
The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification allows IT professionals to target specific technologies and distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise. it is designed to validate your skills on the features and functions of key technology. You can earn multiple MCTS certifications across different hardware and software products, or build on the MCTS to earn the well-respected MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) certified designation. PC Professor is proud to offer the MCTS track and other knowledge-packed training modules beginning regularly in campuses in both Boca Raton, Florida and West Palm Beach, Florida.
A Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification enables IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to design and develop leading-edge business solutions with Microsoft development tools, technologies, platforms under the Windows operating system. Certified candidates find it useful to demonstrate their expertise in developing leading-edge enterprise solutions by using the Microsoft .NET Framework. Additionally, it helps assure their ability to create enterprise solutions by using .NET Framework to lead organizations in the successful design, implementation and administration of business solutions using Microsoft solutions and products.
A Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification helps students explore career options in computer technology, to prepare for advanced studies including the optional MTA/MCTS exams, and to demonstrate their fundamental knowledge of both software and hardware computer technology. Earning the Microsoft MTA certification can help you stand out from the job seeking crowd when you submit your resume by helping to assure your prospective employer of your firm commitment and understanding of a variety of entry level technology concepts.
Technology changes quickly, that much is true, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the need to show what you know to help get a good job or advance in your career. Certifications help show that students have learned the skills they need to succeed in today’s job market; and, when evaluating new candidates, employers recognize the value of a certification from a Microsoft authorized IT Academy. In fact, one reason that computer students have attended South Florida’s PC Professor since 1989 is to learn difficult material in a hands-on manner. Some students have taken our preparatory IT certification classes to upgrade their skills thereby advancing their IT careers, while others have enrolled to make themselves more marketable in a challenging economy; and, still others, have enrolled to help distinguish themselves from the rest of the employment pack. Whatever your reasoning may be, allow us to show you why we are South Florida’s hands-on Microsoft , Adobe and Cisco training industry leader.