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Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification Exam

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Certification Exam

MTA is an entry-level certification that validates the fundamental technology knowledge that students need to start building a career in Microsoft technologies.

It offers 9 initial titles on Developer, IT Infrastructure, and Database high-demand topics and is available in 9 initial languages: English, Spanish, S. Chinese, T. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, Russian, Br. Portuguese.

The MTA certification program is designed to offer a solid career foundation and facilitates career exploration. You will gain industry-recognized credentials through these certification exams.


Anyone may take the exam(s) at the SCSU Welcome Center

Register now- Email to set up appointment

Testing available from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday- Friday by appointment.


MTA is the first step in becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MSCA) or a Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD).

Microsoft Technology Associate Test Websites:

Why Take an MTA Exam?

MTA certification validates fundamental knowledge and provides an essential foundation to build a career in technology.

Career Options
Explore a variety of technology career options before you choose a specialized career path—with minimal investment of time and money.


Candidates must pass one certification exam in order to earn a MTA credential.


Preparing for the exam:

What is MTA? (PowerPoint)

Are you Certifiable?  Play a game to find out!

Study Guides for each test (Click any exam above)

For more information, please visit:

Online Training:

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    3. Enter your library barcode and PIN (MMDD) as prompted
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    5. Search for course of your choice

Cost of each exam (includes proctoring for the exam)

$75.00 Student

$90.00 Community

$25.00 Proctor (if voucher already purchased)

Program Flyer (PDF)


Purchase Voucher:

Online Registration (pay by credit card)

Registration form

Scan it and email it to Char at or bring the form, with payment, on the day of your examination.

If you would like to learn more about certification or training options, please contact our staff at


Set Up/Test Date:

Please contact or call 320-308-6100 to schedule your test.

Once we are notified that you want to take a Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Test, we will set up a time and date for you to take the test with one of our proctors.

On the test day please arrive at least 15 minutes early to register prior to the testing.

You will need to show a photo ID (Student ID/Government ID). You cannot take anything with you into the testing area. This includes pencils, pens, paper, and cell phones.

Once the test begins you will have 50 minutes to complete the test. Test cannot be paused for any reason. You will get your score immediately after.

If passed a certificate will be mailed to the address provided on your form in 2 to 4 weeks (usually less).