Show findcourses.com as: Mobile

Microsoft Equivalent to CCNA

Which certification is best for you?

One of the best ways for IT professionals to legitimize their professional expertise is through certification. With a nearly endless supply of certifications in existence and only 24 hours in a day, it is important that time is spent getting the certifications that will have the greatest possible impact on your resume.

Two of the best-known names in the IT industry are Microsoft and Cisco. Read on to learn more about the most popular certifications that are offered by these two tech giants.

CCNA Certification

Cisco certifications are quite straightforward. The CCNA Routing and Switching certification is a good ”catch-all” for demonstrating skills with Cisco products and procedures.

The CCNA Routing and Switching Certification has no prerequisites. Candidates can either take 100-105 ICND1 and 200-105 ICND2 exams or the 200-125 CCNA exam. The certification needs to be updated every three years.

This can be done either by retaking one of the qualifying exams (with the exception of 100-105 ICND1) or by going for certain higher level Cisco certifications. Find out more about Cisco certifications on their website.

If you are interested in working with Cisco hardware and systems, you go with the CCNA certification. However, what certification should you go for if you work with Microsoft programs and systems?

Browse CCNA certification training

MCSA and MCSE Certification

Because Microsoft has such a wide range of products and services, their certification scheme can’t be as straightforward as Cisco’s. There is no catch-all certification.

However, if you want to become certified with Microsoft, you probably want either an MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) or MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert).

Candidates can choose between eleven different MSCA certifications. All of them have different requirements in regards to exams, but expect to take between two and five exams to get certified.

Microsoft currently recognizes twelve different MCSE certifications. However, in March of 2017, all but four will be retired. Anyone who was certified before September 26, 2016 will remain certified for the life of the certification. The four remaining MCSE certifications are:

  • MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Mobility
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analytics
  • MCSE: Productivity

Requirements for each MSCE certification vary, but all of them will start with an MCSA. Microsoft clearly lists all of its certifications and their requirements for both MSCA and MSCE.

Browse training in Microsoft certifications

Whether you choose the CCNA or an MCSA or MCSE, you can be sure that employers will understand what they mean and know that they can expect a certain level of expertise from someone who has been able to pass the requirements to receive one of them.

Last updated: 01 Mar 2019

You might also be interested in:

Last updated: 3/1/2019

How Do I Spend My External Training Budget?

It is getting increasingly difficult to know exactly how your training budget should be spent. Here are some suggestions on how you should prioritize your training budget to make sure your company is getting the most out of their investment.

Read more
Last updated: 7/30/2019

Do's and Dont's of Conducting Performance Reviews

Employee reviews help you evaluate each employee’s contribution to your company, while also providing constructive criticism that will help them to grow. In this article, we list the do’s and don’ts of conducting performance reviews, so that you and your employees can both benefit.

Read more
Last updated: 3/1/2019

Business Intelligence Systems and You

Business intelligence systems make collecting and retrieving pertinent data simple. Get your organization becomes more in tune with the business environment in which it operates and will accurately perceive the customer experience.

Read more
Last updated: 2/28/2019

How to Find Training for Your Team

The strongest asset that you have is your team. A strong team looks out for each other, is motivated and efficient and carries out projects with confidence and speed to meet and surpass deadlines. Read our article to learn how to identify training needs in your team, how to choose the right format and more!

Read more
Last updated: 3/1/2019

Harassment Training in Utah, Mobile Games and Teacher Training Funding

Lawmakers have approved a proposal that would require lobbyists to participate in annual anti-sexual harassment training in order to be licensed to lobby in the state Capital of Utah. On Tuesday the Utah House approved this proposal with a 58-11 vote, causing it to move on to the state senate for review.

Read more
U.S. L&D Report: 2019 - Benchmark Your Workplace Learning Strategy

US L&D report 2019 - Benchmark your Workplace Learning

Are you curious about the L&D strategies of some of the U.S.'s top companies?

Find out what they're up to in findcourses.com's second annual U.S. L&D Report!

Take me to the report

Our newsletter
Leave your email and stay updated on professional training

LOOKING FOR TRAINING?

findcourses.com offers a free consultancy service to help compare training for you and your team

Request a free quote