The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Program

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification is the ideal and preferred path to Microsoft’s world-renowned technology certification programs, such as Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) and Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP).  MTA is positioned to become the premier credential for individuals seeking to explore and pursue a career in technology, or augment related pursuits such as business or any other field where technology is pervasive.

The MTA certification program is designed specifically for secondary and post-secondary students and educators interested in exploring academic and career options in a technology field. It offers a certification in basic IT and development.  As the new recommended entry point for Microsoft technology certifications, MTA is designed especially for students and educators new to IT and software development. It is available exclusively in educational settings and easily integrates into the curricula of existing computer classes.

Whether you are new to technology, changing jobs, or a seasoned IT professional, becoming certified demonstrates to customers, peers, and employers that you are committed to advancing your skills and taking on greater challenges.  In addition, certification provides you with access to exclusive Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCPs.


MTA Test Fest Exam Options

Networking Fundamentals

This exam validates fundamental networking knowledge and skills.  Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of network infrastructures, network hardware, and protocols and services.  Candidates are expected to have some hand-on experience with Windows Server, Windows based networking, network management tools, DNS, TCP/IP, names resolutions process, and network protocols and topologies.

Security Fundamentals

This exam validates fundamental security knowledge and skills.  Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of security layers, operating system security, network security, and security software.  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. .

Software Development Fundamentals

This exam validates software development skills.  Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of core programming, object-oriented programming, general software development, web applications, desktop applications, and databases.  Candidates are expected to have some hands-on experience with at least one programming language (such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and/or .NET), Windows Forms, and structured query language (SQL).

Database Administration Fundamentals

This exam validates fundamental knowledge and skills with databases, including relational databases such as Microsoft SQL Server.  Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge of core database concepts, creating database objects, manipulating data, data storage, and administering a database.



Validation: Students with a MTA certification have a credential that 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.

Career Building: MTA is the first step in becoming a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA).

Confidence: MTA builds confidence and helps students succeed with continued studies, compete on admissions, and prepare for a successful career in technology.

Credentials: MTA complements business and other related courses and degrees with industry-recognized technology credential.


Reserve Thursday, April 24, from 11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm for RCCC’s MTA Fest – free MTA exams.


Go to exams.html#Developer (you may have to copy and paste the URL in the address box of your browser) for more information on the exams and to to download the objectives of each MTA exam.



Microsoft Test Fest






Last year’s Microsoft Test Fest awarded nearly 350 free certifications


CONCORD, N.C. — In 2013, a unique partnership between Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and Microsoft provided nearly 350 new Information Technology (IT) certifications at no cost to students. This year, the College hopes to reach even more community members and students.

“Rowan-Cabarrus is pleased to partner with Microsoft and Certiport to offer the community the opportunity to become Microsoft certified at no cost! Certifications are expensive and that’s a barrier for some” said Dr. Carol S. Spalding, president of Rowan-Cabarrus. “Our faculty and staff are constantly looking for ways to reduce costs and increase opportunities available to promote student success. This partnership with Microsoft is a perfect example.”

The Microsoft Test Fest was a first-of-its-kind opportunity for the College. Microsoft donated all of the tests taken during the event. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. This year’s event has been expanded to include Microsoft Office Specialist Test as well as Microsoft Technology Associate Exams.

“Each individual who tests will save about $50 per exam,” said Ian Stevens, associate dean of information technologies. “Additionally, of the 100+ people who attended last year, many walked away with more than one certification – therefore nearly 350 successful certifications were earned in just three short hours!”

In conjunction with Rowan-Cabarrus in-house testing center, the College will transform all of the Cabarrus Business & Technology Center’s (CBTC) computer labs into satellite testing locations for this year’s event. Faculty and staff will support the efforts by serving as test proctors.

“Employers tell our faculty that the first thing they identify to screen applicants is certifications. These certifications help applicants get their foot in the door. The Microsoft Test Fest is ideal for individuals looking to validate technology skills and to differentiate themselves in the job application process,” said Stevens.

Those interested must perform four easy steps in order to become certified:

1.      Navigate to and pre-register for the Microsoft Test Fest.

2.      Receive free testing resources within 24 hours of pre-registration.

3.      Check-in at registration at least 30 minutes before the test.

4.      Pass the test(s) and become a Microsoft Certified Associate.

The partnership with Microsoft provides vouchers to become certified in 23 different areas. The event is open to anyone that is high school age or older (a picture ID is required). The Microsoft Test Fest will be held at the CBTC facility located at 660 Concord Parkway, North, Concord.