Posted by Danielle G on May 16th 2024

Retirement mapping from the MTA exams to the IT Specialist exams

The Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification program has been a vital resource, providing and confirming essential skills for those entering the expansive IT field, and a significant component of the Pearson VUE exam offerings. Microsoft has chosen to update their certification approach to concentrate on job roles involving their technologies. Announced in 2021, the MTA program is being retired due to these shifts. Consequently, Pearson VUE has ceased sales of MTA certification exams and suspended their delivery. Recognizing the MTA's role in academic certification programs, Pearson VUE is excited to introduce the Information Technology Specialist certification program. This new program offers students the opportunity to verify their entry-level IT abilities, which are in demand by employers, with exams that mirror the MTA's content and goals. The IT Specialist certifications are now available.

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Below is a table the includes mapping from the MTA exams to the IT Specialist exams:

MTA Exam TitleSuggested Replacement
98-349: MTA Windows Operating System FundamentalsIT Specialist—Device Configuration and Management
98-365: MTA Windows Server Administration FundamentalsAZ-900 - Azure Cloud Fundamentals
98-366: MTA Networking FundamentalsIT Specialist – Networking
98-364: MTA Database Administration FundamentalsIT Specialist-Databases DP-900: Azure Data Fundamentals
98-367: MTA Security FundamentalsIT Specialist-Network Security
98-375: MTA HTML5 Application Development FundamentalsIT Specialist HTML5 Application Development
98-383: MTA Introduction to Programming Using HTML and CSSIT Specialist – HTML and CSS
98-388: MTA Introduction to Programming Using JavaIT Specialist – Java
98-382: MTA Introduction to Programming Using JavaScriptIT Specialist – JavaScript
98-381: MTA Introduction to Programming Using PythonIT Specialist – Python
98-368: MTA Mobility and Devices FundamentalsIT Specialist – Device Configuration and Management
98-361: MTA Software Development FundamentalsIT Specialist – Software Development