Industry Certifications

An “industry certification” (meaning, a “certification” which is designed to be related to a person's knowledge of the industry) has become recognized among the computer industry as being a standard. Opinions on their worth do vary somewhat. As generalizations, these certifications may be more valued in some professions, such as computer network technicians, while they have been valued less for professionals performing other roles, such as software development.

The section on providing services professionally: formal credentials subsection provides further details about industry certifications, such as signing up for the certifications and some broader overviews about the certifications.

This section is more focused on just providing/reviewing technical knowledge related to the topics that are likely to be covered by the exams for certifications. Much of what is in this section may just be references to resources (including other sections of ][Cyber Pillar][). People who are planning to take the examinations needed for the certifications are encouraged to look over these details.

Hurricane Electric

See: TOOGAM's guide to using IPv6. That tutorial mentions this certification.

CompTIA

CompTIA certification info provides information about multiple certifications, including these:

Linux+

Don't miss out! Before taking this certification, people planning to take this exam should/must follow the steps needed so they automatically get the LPIC-1 certification when they pass CompTIA's Linux+ certification. This might need to be done BEFORE taking the CompTIA certification, so make sure to do it. There are other perks to obtain after getting the “CompTIA Linux+” certification. For details, see: CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI, and/or CompTIA Linux+, and/or providing services professionally: formal credentials (specifically: Multiple certifications related to CompTIA Linux+/LPIC).

Network+

See: guide to CompTIA's Network+. (Additional resources are also mentioned by providing services professionally: formal credentials: CompTIA Network+.)

Cisco

See: Cisco certifications.

CCNA

This site intentionally does not expect to cover all of the information that is likely to be on the CCNA.

See: CCNA Routing and Switching.

CCNA Security

See: Cisco's “CCNA Security” certification.

Microsoft
MCP

The MCP designation may be sealed off. Microsoft's MCP page has stated (in red letters, near the top of the page), “The Microsoft Certified Professional certification is no longer available.”

Microsoft's MCP page went on to contain some older text about the program, including this statement: “MCP-qualifying exams include all of the exams required in the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), MCSE, and MCSD certifications. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exams and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exams do not qualify for MCP certification.”

The documentation here continues to classify these items as MCP, as there hasn't been a clear set of terminology to replace this category, which is separate from MTA and MOS.

IT certifications

These have had multiple names, some of which have been abbreviated the same.

Present
[#mcsolexp]: Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert

4Sysops.com: MCSE vs. MCITP - Which certification is better?” notes, “Because Microsoft understands that the MCSE acronym still carries much weight in the IT marketplace, they have resurrected and rebranded the title. The new name of the MCSE is Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.” ... “NOTE: Microsoft also rebooted the retired Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) title. This cert is now known as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate.” ... “Microsoft avoided the term engineer in the original MCSE acronym because traditional engineers tended to resent having their title co-opted by IT professionals.”.

Josh Adams's “Microsoft MCSE Certification Guide” blog on the CBT Nuggets site states, “the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solution Expert) represents the highest level of certification offered by Microsoft and provides learners with the opportunity to develop specializations related to MCSA-level content.”

MCSE-level exams

That same Josh Adams's “Microsoft MCSE Certification Guide” blog on the CBT Nuggets site states, “In order to be eligible for Microsoft MCSE certification, learners must first earn an Associate-level (MCSA) certification. After earning a prerequisite certification, learners must take one additional exam to earn an MCSE certification.”

So, there are five different MCSE certifications. Taking any one of those, and an MCSA certification which matches that MCSE certification, provides the new MCSE designation.

The five MCSE certifications to choose from are:

  • MCSE: Business Applications
  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analytics
  • MCSE: Mobility
  • MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert

The corresponding list of matching MCSA certifications are listed on Josh Adams's “Microsoft MCSE Certification Guide” blog on the CBT Nuggets site.

this article on CBT Nuggers has a similar list, but mentions “MCSD: App Builder” instead of “MCSE: Business Applications”. (Note: MCSD, rather than MCSE.)

Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate
...
July 2016 and earlier
MCITP

MCITP had multiple variations. Early on, there is MCITP:SA and MCITP:EA. 4Sysops.com: MCSE vs. MCITP - Which certification is better?” notes that another option, also carying the MCITP title, joined the ranks later.

  • MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
  • MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

PluralSight: Gosia Grabowska's August 26, 2009 blog, “MCSE vs MCITP: Is the MCSE Still Worth It?” describes MCTS as being obtainable with a single exam, which is often used as a stepping stone towards an MCITP. (That sounds rather similar to how MCP referred to a category, so that any single exam in that broader category resulted in that certification.) Gosia's page also mentions an upgrade path for people who had MCSE 2003, which allowed a person to “earn 3 MCTS certifications by passing a single upgrade exam” (which was the 70-649).

Wayback Machine @ Archive.org Microsoft's page for “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)”

Original/Earlier

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (“MCSE”) required three certification examinations to be passed in addition to the four certification examinations that were required to get the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (&dlquo:MCSA”).

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (“MCSE”)
Info at https://www.pluralsight.com/blog/it-ops/mcse-mcsa-mcitp-mcts ... Archive: Microsoft's page on “Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)”, tab 2 (“Certifications”) had info for the 2003 and 2000 variations. Here is some info about MCSE 2003:
  • Exams on networking systems: All required
    • Exam 70-293 - Planning and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
    • Exam 70-294 - Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
  • Exams on design: Choose one
    • Both exams had this note: “Note You may apply this exam toward either the elective requirement or the design requirement—not both.”
    • The exams were:
      • Exam 70-297 - Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
      • Exam 70-298 - Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
  • Also required: All exams required to get an MCSA (70-290 and 20-291, and one client OS exam, and one elective).

The list of exams permitted for the electives were nearly the same, except:

  • The following were only on the MCSA list, and not the MCSE list:
    • Exam 70-214 Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network
    • Exam 70-216 Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
    • Exam 70-224 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server
    • Exam 70-244
    • MCSA only: MCDST - Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
  • and the MCSE list had these:
    • MCSE only: Exam 70-229 Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
    • MCSE only: 70-281 Planning, Deploying, and Managing an Enterprise Project Management Solution
    • 70-282 Designing, Deploying, and Managing a Network Solution for a Small- and Medium-Sized Business
    • Exam 70-284 Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
    • MCSE only: 70-285 Designing a Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Organization
    • 70-297 Designing a Windows Server 2003 Active Directory and Network Infrastructure
    • 70-298 Designing Security for a Windows Server 2003 Network
    • MCSE only: 70-301, 70-350
    • MCSE only: Exam 70-400, 70-401
  • MCSA on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • MCSE on Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • MCSE on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
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MCSA

Archive: Microsoft's page on “Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA)” shows that getting this required 4 exams:

  • “Exams on networking systems: Both required”
    • Exam 70-290 - Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment
    • Exam 70-291 - Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
  • and one of these “Exams on client operating systems”:
    • Exam 70-620 - TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client
      • Or, if you had 70-270 or 70-210, then this could be used to fulfill the requirement for an “elective” exam.
    • Exam 70-270 - Installing, Configuring, and Administering Windows XP Professional
    • Exam 70-210 - Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • and one “Elective exam” chosen from a larger list of certifications. While most items showing on this list were Microsoft exams, this could even be an exam from CompTIA. (Specifically, it looks like CompTIA A+ or CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Server+ for MCSA, or CompTIA Security+ for MCSE.) Details were provided: Wayback Machine: Archive.org: MCSA details
    • Exam 70-086 Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Systems Management Server 2.0
    • Exam 70-089 Planning, Deploying, and Managing Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003
    • MCSA only: Exam 70-214 Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network
    • MCSA only: Exam 70-216 Implementing and Administering a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure
    • MCSA only: Exam 70-224 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server
    • Exam 70-227 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000, Enterprise Edition
    • Exam 70-228 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition
    • Exam 70-235 TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server
    • Exam 70-236 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Configuring
    • MCSA only: Exam 70-244 Supporting and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Network
    • Exam 70-262 TS: Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005 – Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting
    • Exam 70-299 Implementing and Administering Security in a Windows Server 2003 Network
    • Exam 70-350 Implementing Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004
    • Exam 70-351 TS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuring
    • Exam 70-431 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Implementation and Maintenance
    • Exam 70-445 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence – Implementation and Maintenance
    • Exam 70-500 TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile Designing, Implementing, and Managing
    • Exam 70-557 TS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server, Configuration
    • Exam 70-620 TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client
    • Exam 70-624 TS: Deploying and Maintaining Windows Vista Client and 2007 Microsoft Office System Desktops
    • Exam 70-630 TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring
    • Exam 70-631 TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring
    • Exam 70-638 TS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuring
    • MCSA only: MCDST - Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST)
    • Specific third-party (CompTIA) certifications
  • MCSE
  • MCSA
  • MCITP:SE
  • MCITP:SA
  • MCSE
  • MCSA
MCSD
MTA

These are some additional certifications by Microsoft. (MCP is worth notably more for people seeking to be IT technicians.)

Getting an MTA certification requires passing one exam, which can be any one of the exams in a somewhat large list. (At least at one point in time, that list had a baker's dozen of choices.)

Wikipedia's “Microsoft Technology Associate” article, section called &dlquo;Active exam list” mentions a number of exams. (As of June 2019, nine were in that list. Half a dozen others were moved to retired.)

At least at one point in time, the list contained: 98-349, 98-361, 98-364, 98-365, 98-366, 98-367, 98-368, 98-369, 98-380, 98-381, 98-382, 98-383, 98-388

That list was seen by going to MTA Summary and choosing “Step 2”.

Microsoft Office Specialist (“MOS”)

These certifications are with Microsoft Office software. They include:

Microsoft Office Specialist Master

This involves taking certifications in the MOS category.

Microsoft Office 2016 Master

Microsoft: All Certifications, when searching for MOS certifications, seems to call this “MOS: Microsoft Office 2016 Master Specialist”.

To get this, obtain:

  • All of these
    Word 2016 Expert

    A more full name for this certification may be, “Microsoft Word 2016 Expert: Creating Documents for Effective Communication”. (That name appeared on Microsoft's “Microsoft Office Specialist Expert” certification page.)

    Exam 77-726

    Excel 2016 Expert

    A more full name of this certification may be, “Microsoft Excel 2016 Expert: Interpreting Data for Insights”. (That name appeared on Microsoft's “Microsoft Office Specialist Expert” certification page.)

    Exam 77-728

    PowerPoint
    Exam 77-729: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2016
  • and also one of these:

    Actually, a more full name of this certification may be “Access 2016: Core Database Management, Manipulation, and Query Skills”.

    Exam 70-730

    Outlook 2016

    Actually, the full name of this certification appears to be “Outlook 2016: Core Communication, Collaboration and Email Skills”.

    Exam 70-731: Microsoft Outlook 2016

MOS Expert

To get this, a candidate must pass a certification examination, which is either 77-726 or 77-728 (both described elsewhere on this page).

More Microsoft Office Certifications
  • 77-725: Word 2016: Core Document Creation, Collaboration, and Communication
  • Exam 77-727: Excel 2016: Core Data Analysis, Manipulation, and Presentation

Certiport PersonVUE: Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 hyperlinked to this video: YouTube: Introducing Microsoft Office Specialist 2016 Certification Exams by Certiport