The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certification (MCSA) is among the fastest-growing computer specialization programs in the nation. An MCSA certification tells prospective employers that you can successfully plan, implement, and trouble shoot Microsoft Windows operating system environments. According to U.S., Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, computer systems administrators are among the highest-growth occupations over the next decade. Competition will be heavy, but those holding MCSA certifications may have the inside track.
MCSA certifications tell employers that you can work within the Microsoft Windows Server environment and maintain the network infrastructure. Newly certified MCSA professionals have a foundation in XP technology along with a security specialization in the Acceleration (ISA) Server Enterprise Edition. If you have had experience administering network and client operating systems for at least six months in a practical work setting, the MCSA certification may well be within your reach.
Begin at the MCSA Beginning
MCSA certification classes typically prepare newcomers for the networking skills Exams 70-290 and 70-291. Initial classes can include Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server Environment; Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server Network Infrastructure; Network Services, and Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional.
If you're new to the IT field, you may also want to study for and test in CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ proficiency. For experienced administrators, there are upgrade MCSA training classes for exams in Implementing Microsoft Windows Professional and Server; and in Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional. In addition to industry recognition, MCSA Certification recipients receive discounts on Microsoft software and support, as well as MCSA publications.