If you’re in the computer repair industry and looking to add to your skill-set, Microsoft offers many different certifications in the field. Depending on your focus, you can attain certifications in categories such as the cloud, data, productivity, and business applications to name a few. Certifications from Microsoft expand beyond just Windows and include their online services like Bing and MSN, as well as their gaming platforms.
While having a degree in the field is a good foundation, having certifications in your portfolio can increase how attractive you are to potential employers. Companies seeking new talent regularly use and/or require these certifications in their job postings. If you specialize in certain fields like cloud-based computing or information security, these concepts more heavily rely on professionals having the appropriate industry certifications.
Being Microsoft Certified gives customers piece of mind, so if you’re considering working for your local computer repair specialists then this will help your chances. If you think of yourself as an entrepreneur then certification will help you bring in the clients for laptop repair, data recovery and a whole host of other IT support services.
How to get certified
The first step is to acquire your Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) certification. This is a validation of your technical expertise in the field and covers a wide range of products and concepts. You will receive this once you pass the first qualifying exam. The exam you’ll take will depend on your chosen certification path and ultimate goals for your career and can cover topics such as network administration, database design/infrastructure, or mobile technology concepts.
Once you’ve received your first MCP certification, you’ll use it as a stepping stone to further expert certifications as well as gaining access to other resources to further your career. Advanced certifications include MCSE and MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert and Developer, respectively), as well as role-based certifications within those categories, such as mobility and productivity.
Benefits of certification
Specialized knowledge is highly valuable to a wide range of employers, whether it’s a small start-up or a well-established corporation looking to expand their operations. Professionals with a certification can earn up to 15% more than those without and are more productive by nearly 20%. These personnel are also more likely to be promoted or given supervisory duties over their peers.
In addition to these benefits, passing the first MCP exam gives you access to career development tools, such as certification planners and managers. You can also be part of the online MCP community to share knowledge from other professionals, review prospective job opportunities tailored to your knowledge and skills, and have access to offers from Microsoft for additional certifications.