MCSE Certificate: Program Summary

Students who want to prepare for the Microsoft Certification Solutions Expert (MCSE) certification exam can enroll in either a credit program or a non-credit program.

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Essential Information

The purpose of a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certificate program is to train students for one of the five MCSE certification exams. Individuals aspiring to attain one of these credentials are generally information technology professionals who'd like to demonstrate their ability to work with computer infrastructures that run on Microsoft server platforms. Programs that confer academic credit typically take 2 to 3 semesters, while non-credit programs can take less than a month to complete.

Students who enroll in these programs should have familiarity with Microsoft servers and Windows operating systems. They should also have experience in the installation and administration of Microsoft servers. Enrollment in an associate's degree program can be helpful for the inexperienced.

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MCSE Certificate Program

Often, these programs are offered by schools certified as one of Microsoft's learning partners, and course content is aligned with topics found on the exams. Students often complete a curriculum that combines classroom instruction with hands-on training. Courses can cover the following topics:

  • Installing Microsoft servers
  • Developing databases
  • Configuring server reporting services
  • Deploying desktop infrastructure
  • Managing network services

Popular Career Options

Once students have completed their certificate programs and passed MCSE certification exams, they might pursue various IT-related occupations. These may include:

  • Computer support specialist
  • Server administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Data manager
  • Business intelligence engineer

Continuing Education Information

Microsoft Certified Solutions Experts must renew their certification every three years. This requires passing scores on a recertification exam.

If you want to earn an MCSE Certificate, you can get the general technological training and Microsoft-specific expertise you need for the exam by completing a certificate program.

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