MCSA Certification – How to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

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MCSA Certification – How to become a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate

Microsoft’s MCSA Certification is a stepping-stone for IT professionals to obtain their MCSE Certification. This is a part of the certification program for Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP). A certification as MCSA also provides you with the necessary core skills that qualifies you for entry-level positions as an IT professional/developer. While MCSE stands for “Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert”, the “A” in MCSA marks the status of an “Associate”. A MCSA is therefore a “Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate”. Such a certification as MCSA is a prerequisite to become an MCSE, which we have already covered the subject of MCSE in last week’s post.

Overview of the different MCSA Certification Focus Areas

  • MCSA – BI Reporting
  • MCSA – Cloud Platform
  • MCSA – Data Engineering with Azure
  • MCSA – Linux on Azure
  • MCSA – Machine Learning
  • MCSA – Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • MCSA – Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations
  • MCSA – Office 365
  • MCSA – SQL 2016 BI Development
  • MCSA – SQL 2016 Database Administration
  • MCSA – SQL 2016 Database Development
  • MCSA – SQL Server 2012/2014
  • MCSA – Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSA – Web Applications
  • MCSA – Windows 10
  • MCSA – Windows Server 2012
  • MCSA – Windows Server 2016

MCSA Certification at TechSherpas

As a Microsoft Gold Partner, we at TechSherpas are certified by Microsoft to operate as a training and certification provider for various Microsoft products, including MCSA and MCSE. MCSA Certification

Are you still undecided whether you want to aim for the expert level (MCSE) right away, or whether you will be fine with the MCSA Certification alone? No problem, you do not have to decide right away! However, if you already do have a more concrete plan geared towards a MCSE certification, please take a look at our certification map. It gives you an overview about which courses and certifications to select/aim for in order to obtain these Microsoft certifications. Simply click on the preview to get to an enlarged view of the map.

MCSA Certification Boot Camps

Our boot camp learning solutions offer you the possibility to obtain your MCSA certification over the course of just a few days. You have two options to do so:

  • Locally, in the classroom environment of our training facilities (see the “ICL”/“In-Classroom Learning” marker in our course catalogue). We offer our courses at various locations and various dates throughout the year.
  • Virtually, from the comfort of your own computer at home or the office. See our Virtual Live Training (“VLT) option.

Do you have further questions or need assistance with enrolling? Simply contact us, either by phone or via our contact form.



Take a few simple steps to earn an MCSA/MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Microsoft Certifications

Certified IT professionals, now more than ever, are being sought out by corporations to ensure they get qualified individuals to run their organizations more efficiently. The streamlined Microsoft Certifications were created with job roles in mind. Depending on the role an IT professional will have, there are certification pathways in place to get them the skills sets and qualifications they will need to fill their role.

Here, we will breakdown the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification tracks. There are four pathways to earn the MCSA, which is the first step in earning the MCSE.

 Microsoft Cloud Platform & Infrastructure Certification Pathway

  Microsoft Certifications:

  • MCSA Windows Server 2012,
  • MCSA Windows Server 2016
  • MCSA Linux on Azure (including LFCS)
  • MCSA Cloud Platform
  • MCSE Cloud Platform & Infrastructure

Earning an MCSA requires you to take 2-3 courses/exams (depending on the certificate you are going for). Once you have earned any of the MCSA’s listed above, you only need to take 1 elective course/exam to earn the MCSE.

Target job roles:

  • MCSA level: Cloud administrator, network or computer systems administrator, computer network specialist, cloud specialist in Linux
  • MCSE level: Senior cloud administrator, cloud architect, cloud engineer in Linux, computer support specialist, information security analyst

You can earn an MCSA by taking a bootcamp, or purchasing a bundle. There are Live instructor-led options as well as On-Demand options – all created with you in mind, so there is something to fit every budget and schedule. Sign up today! Get certified!

Boot Camps


  • MCSA: Cloud Platform / MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Linux on Azure / MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2016 / MCSE: Cloud Platform & Infrastructure

Have questions? Feel free to reach out to us! Our team is ready to guide you towards the right path to fit your learning goals, budget, and schedule.


Microsoft Certification Training

IT Certifications can help IT professionals get ahead in their careers, assist those entering the IT field to land a job, and provide knowledge to accel on the job. Training for certifications ensures that that students are actually acquiring the knowledge and also ensures they will pass the certification exam. Microsoft certification training via a boot camp program, enables IT professionals to earn in-demand certifications quickly, and prepares them for the competitive job market. These programs are at a slightly faster pace to get people in and out, and back in the field.

TechSherpas is now offering an accelerated certification training program. The Certification Boot Camp program kicks off with the the MCSA certifications, which are prerequisites for the higher level and in-demand MCSE certifications. Both MCSA certification training boot camps are starting next month!

9-day MCSA: Windows Server 2012 boot camp – April 7, 201
9-day MCSA: SQL 2012 boot camp – April 25, 2014
These are prerequisites for the MCSE certifications which are scheduled to follow throughout the rest of 2014.

There are 18 boot camps in total, with multiple date options for each through the end of the year.These Microsoft Certification Boot Camps provide students the opportunity to achieve an MCSA, MCSE, or MCSD certification within a week or two. The program includes boot camps covering Microsoft’s popular areas of interest including:

Exchange Server
Lync Server
SQL Server
System Center
Visual Studio
Windows Server
TechSherpas 365’s Microsoft Certification Boot Camps are competitively priced, and are all-inclusive to include the following:

100% Test Pass Guarantee
All course materials, practice exams and official certification exams
Onsite Pearson Vue Testing Center­
Hands-on instruction by a certified instructor
Lunch provided each day (in-classroom delivery only)
Airfare, lodging and transportation packages available
As with all other TechSherpas 365’s technical training classes, these courses are hands-on, instructor- led. Students also have the option to choose the delivery method that best suits their needs and preference. They can either take the class live from TechSherpas 365’s 8,000 sf training facility located in Tampa, FL, or they can take the instructor-led class virtually from the location of their choice, via Remote Classroom Instruction. Students who choose to take the class virtually will receive 10% off the boot camp price.

Microsoft certification training
Microsoft certification training
As a Microsoft Gold Partner for Learning Solutions, TechSherpas has the expertise to deliver quality certification boot camps. To find out more about these certification training camps and get a jump on your certification, visit the TechSherpas Boot Camp web page.