Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Demonstrate your specialized technical expertise with a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential. By earning this credential, you can prove your ability to successfully implement, build on, troubleshoot, and debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as a Windows operating system, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio.

Level:

One or more years of experience implementing, troubleshooting, and debugging a specific technology

Audience:

IT professional

Type:

Microsoft Certification

The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications provide the foundation for Microsoft Certification. These certifications are designed to validate your skills on the features and functionality of key technologies. You can show your depth of knowledge in one specific technology, earn multiple MCTS certifications to show breadth across different products, or build on the MCTS to earn a Professional Series credential.

MCTS candidate profile

MCTS candidates are capable of implementing, building, troubleshooting, and debugging a particular Microsoft technology.

Why get certified?

Earning a Microsoft Certification validates your proven experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions. Designed to be relevant in today's rapidly changing IT marketplace, Microsoft Certifications help you utilize evolving technologies, fine-tune your troubleshooting skills, and improve your job satisfaction.

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 Professional (MCP) resources and benefits, including opportunities to connect with a vast, global network of MCPs.

To earn each MCTS credential, you must pass the corresponding exam(s).

Certification

Exam number*

Windows technologies

MCTS: Business Desktop Deployment

MCTS: Connected Home Integrator

MCTS: Windows Embedded CE 6.0: Application Development

MCTS: Windows Essential Business Server 2008, Configuration

MCTS: Windows Mobile 5.0, Applications

MCTS: Windows Mobile 5.0, Implementing and Managing

MCTS: Windows Server 2003 Hosted Environments - Configuration and Management

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration

MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure Configuration

MCTS: Windows Server Virtualization, Configuration

MCTS: Windows Small Business Server 2008, Configuration

MCTS: Windows Vista – Configuration

Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft .NET Framework technologies

MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Windows Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 2.0 Distributed Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 ADO .NET Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 ASP .NET Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Communication Foundation Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Forms Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Presentation Foundation Applications

MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications

Microsoft SQL Server technologies

MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005

MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Business Intelligence

MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development

MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

Microsoft Office System technologies (including Office SharePoint Server and Office Project Server)

MCTS: Enterprise Project Management with Microsoft Office Project Server 2007

MCTS: Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Office Groove 2007, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Office Live Communications Server 2005

MCTS: Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007, Applications

MCTS: Microsoft Office Projects 2007, Managing Projects

MCTS: Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Application Development

MCTS: Microsoft Office Visio 2007, Application Development

MCTS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - Application Development

MCTS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Configuration

Microsoft Exchange Server technology

MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 - Configuration

Other technologies

MCTS: BizTalk Server 2006

MCTS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations

MCTS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Organizations

MCTS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Forefront Client and Server – Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Configuration

MCTS: Microsoft Team Foundation Server: Configuration and Development

MCTS: Microsoft Virtual Earth 6.0, Application Development

*Multiple required exams for a certification may be taken in any order.

 

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Typically, you must take one to three exams that focus on a key Microsoft product or technology.

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Yes, as new technologies are released, MCTS credentials will be added.

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The term MCP is used both as a general term for all Microsoft Certified Professionals and as the name of a credential. As an MCTS, you become part of the Microsoft Certified Professional community, with access to all related benefits, information, and activities. You do not earn a credential titled "MCP." You should use the MCTS credential on your resume and in business collateral, thereby indicating your specialty and that you are a member of the MCP community at large.

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All new generation certifications, including Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), and Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD), retire when Microsoft discontinues mainstream support for the related technology. After a credential retires, it still appears on your transcript but is listed as "retired." In most cases, an upgrade path is available for individuals holding that credential to demonstrate their skills on the newest version of the technology without completing all exams associated with the new credential. This policy does not apply to legacy credentials, including MCDST, MCSE, and MCAD. The legacy credentials do not retire; they continue to hold their value in the marketplace as long as there is a need for IT professionals with these skills.