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Microsoft Certification Overview

To become Microsoft certified you must pass the authorized exam(s).

There are Microsoft certifications for desktop applications (end-user / business user) and for technical programs. Though no specific training is required, Microsoft advises the best way to prepare for a certification exam is by having hands-on experience with the technology.

Earning a professional certification shows you are keeping pace with today’s technology. Skill up, prove your expertise to employers and peers, and get recognition and advancement opportunities by earning Microsoft certification.

Important Changes to Microsoft Technical Certifications

For the IT/Developer technologies, Microsoft is rolling out new Role-based Certifications. The new certification model is based on three tiers of expertise: Fundamentals, Associate, and Expert.

The new credentials are expected to replace MTA, MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certifications as they are released (by product). ONLC will be updating information on our web site as details become available from Microsoft. Please contact an ONLC Advisor at our toll free number with any questions or for updates.

ONLC Training Centers is a Microsoft Learning Partner. We've been helping candidates prep for certification ever since Microsoft first introduced their professional certifications. Ready yourself for Microsoft certification with either of these course formats:

  • Instructor-led Training (ILT). This is live, hands-on training. Our technical-level ILT classes are taught by a Microsoft Certified Trainer using Microsoft authorized materials. The instructor is remote and we use full conferencing technology so classes are fully interactive . Select your class dates from our public class schedule. You can attend class at any of our more than 300 training locations , or from your own location .

  • MOC On-Demand / Flex On-Demand (self-study). If you prefer to study on your own, you'll want our Microsoft On-Demand courses. ONLC Training Centers is one of a handful of approved providers from which you can purchase MOC On-Demand courses and the only provide from whom you can purchase Flex On-Demand courses which align to the new Microsoft role-based certifications. Learn about MOC / Flex On-Demand .

MOS: Non-Technical Microsoft Certifications
(Business / End User)

  • Microsoft Office Specialist ( MOS )
    An MOS certification demonstrates that you have the skills needed to get the most out of a specific software program within the suite of Microsoft Office. MOS certification is available for most Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, PowerPoint and so on. A possible next step after earning MOS is MOS Expert, however, MOS is not a required prerequisite for MOS Expert certification. Learn more.

  • Microsoft Office Specialist Expert ( MOS Expert )
    MOS Expert certification demonstrates that you have advanced skills in key Office programs such as Excel, Word and so on. Find out more.

Technical-level Microsoft Certifications
(IT Pro / Developer)

Microsoft Job-Role Certifications

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job-role certifications

IMPORTANT: Microsoft is rolling out Role-based Certfications for technical products. The new certification model is based on three tiers of expertise: Fundamentals, Associate, and Expert. See overview of Microsoft's new certifications.

The new certifications are replacing MTA, MCSA, MCSE and MCSD credentials. Microsoft is retiring many of the authorized courses and exams in the former certification model. Transition exams might be available for a limited time to candidates who have only completed part of an MCSA, MCSE or MCSD certification path. If no transition option is available, per Microsoft such individuals should still take the original required exam(s) to complete their MCSA, MCSE or MCSD certification, but do so quickly as all affected exams are expected to be retired within six (6) months of the new exam availability.

New Microsoft Role-based Certifications Released for:

  • Azure
    (Transition exams available for a limited time for those in-process for MCSA / MCSE Azure certification.)

  • Microsoft 365
    (Includes Windows 10, Office 365 and Enterprise Mobility + Security.)

  • Dynamics 365

MCSA / MCSE / MCSD Certifications:

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Microsoft's MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certifications align to industry-recognized areas of competence and provide flexibility to showcase your specific skills on Microsoft products and services, including:


Microsoft certification is an industry standard that's recognized worldwide. It can help you get noticed and move forward quickly in your career. Technical-level Microsoft credentials include:


Why ONLC as Your Microsoft Training Partner


Bundled savings on MCSE / MCSE courses, exam prep software and exam vouchers!

MCSA / MCSE Certification Bundles
We've bundled together the authorized classes, exam prep software and exam vouchers at a great savings to help you prepare for MCSA or MCSE certification. Some MCSA Bundles are as little as $1,698 with the MCSE just $644 more! Find out more




ONLC Training Centers is a Microsoft Gold Learning PartnerAuthorized Microsoft Classes at ONLC Training Centers
ONLC is a Microsoft Learning Partner. Instructor-led Microsoft technical classes use authorized materials and are taught by a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).



Call our Education Advisors for certification and course selection assistanceEducation Advisors to Help You
Our advisors can answer questions you may have about classes and vendor certification programs to help you select the training that is right for you. For assistance, contact our Education Advisors toll free in the USA at 1.800.288.8221 (8am-6pm Eastern).



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ONLC accepts Microsoft Software Assurance (SA) Vouchers on approved classes. SA vouchers can be redeemed for official Microsoft courses for the IT Professional or Developer audience. Learn more and view approved classes.


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