Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

Students need either one of the two courses  below to qualify as a Microsoft Technology Associate.

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Software Development Fundamentals: Exam 98-361


The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) is Microsoft’s newest suite of technology certification exams, which validate fundamental knowledge needed to build a career using Microsoft technologies. This programme provides an appropriate entry point to a future career in technology. It assumes the student has some hands-on experience or training but does not require on-the-job experience (Microsoft, 2012).


After completing this course, students will be able to (Microsoft, 2012):

  • Understand core programming (15-20%)
  • Understand object-oriented programming (20-25%)
  • Understand general software development (15-20%)
  • Understand web applications (15-20%)
  • Understand desktop applications (15-20%)
  • Understand databases (15-20%)

Programming in C#: Exam 70-483


This training course teaches developers the programming skills that are required to create Windows applications using the C# language.


This course is intended for experienced developers who already have programming experience in C, C++, JavaScript, Objective-C, Microsoft Visual Basic® or Java, and understand the concepts of object-oriented programming (Microsoft, 2012).

This course is not designed for students who are new to programming; it is targeted at professional developers with at least one month of experience programming in an object-oriented environment (Microsoft, 2012).

COURSE OBJECTIVES (Microsoft, 2012)
  • Manage programme flow (25–30%)
  • Create and use types (25–30%)
  • Debug applications and implement security (25–30%)
  • Implement data access (25–30%)