Building a New Certification

Microsoft officially kicked off its new Microsoft Certified Architect Program during the annual TechEd Conference in Boston in June. The elite new designation uses a peer-review process "to certify individuals who can successfully produce an architecture that solves business problems by employing Microsoft products."

Following are some facts and figures about the MCA Program:

Certification level: Advanced

Areas of certification: Solutions/Software Architect, Infrastructure Architect or Messaging Architect

Target audience: Practicing solutions and infrastructure architects with strong track records in successful, large-scale IT architectural projects

Available certifications: Maximum of 3,000 worldwide over the next five to seven years

Certifications issued to date: 66

Certification prerequisites: None

Experience prerequisite: At least 10 years of applicable experience

Cost: Application, $200 (nonrefundable); admission to program, $10,000

Process: Detailed written application and supporting materials; intensive two-hour interview with four-person review board

Competencies measured: Leadership, Communications, Organizational dynamics, Technology depth, Technology breadth, Strategy, Tactical/process

Estimated prep time: 80 to 120 hours over three to six months

For more detail, go to

About the Author

Anne Stuart, the former executive editor of Redmond Channel Partner, is a business technology freelance writer based in Boston, Mass.


  • Microsoft Nabs IoT Platform Provider Express Logic

    As part of its plan to invest $5 billion in IoT technologies, Microsoft this week acquired Express Logic, which provides real-time operating systems for industrial embedded and IoT devices.

  • Dealing with Broken Dependencies in SCVMM

    Brien shows you how to resolve some broken, template-related dependencies in Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

  • AzCopy Preview Adds AWS S3 Data Transfer Improvements

    Microsoft announced this week that it has improved the preview version of its AzCopy tool to better handle Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 data.

  • Microsoft Adding Google G Suite Migration in Exchange Admin Center

    Microsoft's Exchange Admin Center will be getting the ability to move Google G Suite calendar, contacts and e-mail data over to the Office 365 service "in the coming weeks."

comments powered by Disqus

Office 365 Watch

Sign up for our newsletter.

Terms and Privacy Policy consent

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.