Microsoft certification can be a springboard for IT professionals

14 May 2013

There are always new advances in technology that change the products and practices workers use in the office. Staying on top of the latest trends is very important for tech employees. Falling behind is not an option for IT professionals that are in an industry that changes daily. Luckily, proper Microsoft certification courses can help IT experts stay on top of the latest tech developments that affect the workplace. 

According to SYS-CON Media, getting certified in SharePoint, Exchange, Lync and other Microsoft products and services is easier for workers with MCSA Windows Server 2012 certification. For most server and software products from Microsoft, Windows Server 2012 is the foundation, meaning that IT professionals must have that particular certification if they want to install SharePoint, for example. 

In fact, the software giant has made these lower level exams pre-requisites for achieving the latest MCSE level certifications, the source noted. So if an IT professional wants to obtain a high-level SharePoint certification, knowledge of Windows Server 2012 is a must. 

Interview advantage
Although most IT job listings don't note that Microsoft certifications are necessary, Business Management Daily says that it is a major advantage once the interview process begins. If a candidate has certifications listed on their resume, they often won't have to prove that they are proficient with SQL Server, SharePoint or any other product. 

Microsoft's certificates are well respected among IT managers and immediately showcase competence. This will enable IT job hunters to address other issues in the interview process, according to the source. Instead of proving that they know how to use a product, potential employees can discuss how they can utilize their skills to improve the office. 

College credit
For college students in IT related fields, Microsoft certification can potentially be used to get college credit, according to Business Management Daily. The source says that undergraduates should check with the American Council on Education (ACE) to see if passed exams are eligible for course equivalency. Although not all colleges and universities offer credit for certifications, it's worth looking into. It may help IT students save on course fees and shorten their time to graduation. 

Online Microsoft training is one of the most convenient ways for IT professionals to gain certification. These classes can be taken from the comfort of a home or office and are conducted at regular intervals, allowing students to create a flexible learning schedule. 

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