Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Start a career in technology

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.

Learning materials for Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification

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IT Pro courses

Windows Server Administration Fundamentals, 98-365
Networking Fundamentals, 98-366 | Self-paced training
Security Fundamentals, 98-367
Windows Operating System Fundamentals, 98-349
Mobility and Devices Fundamental, 98-368
Cloud Fundamentals, 98-369
 

Developer & database courses

Software Development Fundamentals, 98-361 | Self-paced training
Database Administration Fundamentals, 98-362 | Self-paced training
HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals, 98-375 | Self-paced training
 

Student study guide localizations: Chinese

98-365 Windows Server 管理基础
98-366 Networking Fundamentals 网络基础
98-367 Security Fundamentals 安全性基础
98-361 Software Development Fundamentals 软件开发基础
98-364 数据库管理基础

Practice tests for MTA certification exams

GMetrix practice tests

Performance based assessment and test preparation tools to help individuals achieve IT certification credentials. Many of your students will be anxious to assess their knowledge of applications prior to taking the certification exams. Additionally, we recognize the need for educators to properly assess an individual’s knowledge. To this end, Certiport has partnered with GMetrix to deliver industry-leading practice tests. These tests, with included reporting and insight features, ensure your students are adequately prepared to their certification exam.

Why GMetrix practice tests?

  • Accurately replicate a "live application" testing environment
  • Enhance learning through self-paced practice questions
  • Build familiarity with the testing environment
  • Increase confidence towards certification exams
  • Better prepare students to pass certification exams

GMetrix practice tests are customizable

GMetrix practice tests are customizable, allowing you to create a highly-effective environment conducive to student-centered learning. GMetrix practice tests offer two different modes:

Testing mode:

  • - Students experience what the certification exams will be like
  • - Timed practice tests present scenarios to perform just like the actual certification exam

Training mode:

  • - Students work at their own pace as they receive feedback and step-by-step instructions for each question

Start a career in technology

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is specifically targeted at students who are interested in computer science, coding, and additional traditional IT careers.  Designed to assist students in exploring academic and career options by validating a diverse range of fundamental technology skills, MTA includes a series of exams that are aligned with high-demand areas of focus.

With a number of resources designed to help each candidate prepare for the exams, MTA truly represents a full-learning pathway with practice and learning materials, student study guides, additional training resources.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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