Specialization options are available in business intelligence, server infrastructure, desktop infrastructure, data platform, communication, messaging, private cloud, and SharePoint. Preparatory training for MCSE certification exams is available in a variety of formats. Some colleges and universities offer short-term continuing education certificate programs that focus exclusively on exam prep, while other certificate programs offer certification coursework as part of a networking or computer information systems track. There are also stand-alone courses developed to correspond with individual exams. These are typically offered in conjunction with Microsoft and can take as few as five days to complete.
Introductory coursework can prepare certification candidates to pass the first three exams, which cover strategies for installing and administering Windows Server 2012 or Microsoft SQL Server 2012. Prerequisites for the program only specify that students must have experience in an IT environment. In addition, following completion of the program, certification must be renewed every three years.
Microsoft certification exam requirements will change as new products are released. Students pursuing either type of training can develop the skills required to design, configure, install, and troubleshoot Microsoft database systems and servers. Depending on which certification option candidates are pursing, they can also take courses to learn how to monitor, develop, or deploy the following:
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
- Microsoft System Center 2012
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
- Microsoft Lync Server 2013
Continuing Education Information
Those who would like to earn the next level of certification can pursue the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) credential for data platforms, SharePoint, communication, or messaging. Additionally, IT professionals with retired MCITP certifications may be able to upgrade to the MCSE designation by taking as few as three exams.
A MCSE certification specifies that an IT professional is experienced and qualified in the use of Microsoft servers, databases, and equipment in a professional environment. Graduates from the program, in addition to improving their hireability, can also continue their education by advancing to a MCSM certificate.