Helpful links

Understand certification offerings by education level and the value of adding certification to IT Academy curricula.

IT Academy Resources
·         IT Academy Public Site
Licensing, Eligibility, and Other Education Resources
·         Microsoft Volume Licensing
·         Microsoft Education
Microsoft Academy Service Partner Resources
Certification Testing Resources
·         Prometric MCP site
·         Certiport MOS site
·         Certiport MTA site
Member Testimonials
“The Microsoft IT Academy is a perfect example of how our state is leading the way in preparing high school students for college and career”
Bill Harrison, Chairman, North Carolina State Board of Education
“What we are trying to do here in Conalep Nuevo León is help close Mexico’s technology gap at different socioeconomic levels and give our students a better job and a better life.”
Jorge Gabriel Covarrubias, dean of Conalep Nuevo León
“Box Hill Institute believes strongly in Microsoft certification for skills for employability. We see it as a great addition to our vocationally focused programs, as well as a way to differentiate ourselves in the training market.”
Simon Taylor, manager, Centre for Information & Communications Technology, Box Hill Institute

 Microsoft IT Academy Program & Certifications

IT Academy

Customers can now order Microsoft IT Academy subscriptions and Microsoft Certification exam vouchers through their Microsoft Academic Volume Licensing agreement. Increase the value of your academic agreements while you provide your customers a complete education technology solution. Read on to learn more.

What is the Microsoft IT Academy Program?

The Microsoft IT Academy Program is a global annual subscription program which provides all the curriculum and resources for academic institutions and teachers to train and certify themselves and their students on MS Technology. It comes fully loaded with all the learning resources on the latest technologies including O365, Win8 and Apps Development. The program benefits can be accessed and redeemed online through the IT Academy Members portal and includes over 700 elearning courses, eBooks, Educators resources, exam vouchers and marketing resources to promote the institution as an innovative ICT leader to students, parents and the wider community.

To date, there are more than 15,000 IT Academy members in more than 130 countries. 

What is Microsoft Certification?

Microsoft has the largest Certification program on the planet. Launched 21 years ago it’s a globally recognized certification program used as a benchmark for employment. Spanning all of our technologies the Certification framework validates skills from

  • An end user or Information Worker through our Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) track
  • Budding technologists through our Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) track which tests core technology concepts
  • For those wanting a career as an IT Professional or Developer we offer multiple career paths through our Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) tracks
  • We also recently added the Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE) certification which is for Educators only and is a standard for measuring the use and integration of technology in the teaching and learning process.

Certification validates an individual’s expertise in a specific technology and gives global recognition of those skills to potential employers. Many studies have shown us that Microsoft Certification helps individuals go to the top of the list for interviews and gets them the best salaries.

Even better – all the learning resources in The IT Academy program map to Microsoft Certification. So as an individual is learning they are also preparing to take a globally recognized Certification. Sell them together as a great learning solution!


Partner Opportunity

Grow the Value of Your Academic Agreements with Microsoft IT Academy and Microsoft Certifications all available through Volume Licensing Apart from the obvious value and benefits for our academic customers, as a partner ITA & Certification gives you the following opportunities 

  • Grow your business: Increase the value of your academic agreements with new products that can be renewed annually
  • Deepen account engagement: Help customers meet budget constraints by saving your customer money and time elsewhere in their business with a comprehensive technology education solution
  • Start new conversations: Lead with a message supporting comprehensive professional development solution for staff and student employability
  • Win against Competitors: Differentiate your solution with these great assets. Your competitors DO NOT HAVE THEM! In doing so you will help academic institutions stand out from the crowd and enhance their students’ career prospects with a complete technology education solution that enables their students to achieve industry recognized skills through training and certification.  
To learn more about the Volume Licensing SKUs for the Microsoft IT Academy Program and Microsoft Certification download the quick reference slide


  • IT Academy & MCP Class Packs Available through Open Academic
    From September 1, 2013, the Microsoft IT Academy Program [54R-00160] and MCP Certification Class Packs [H5T-00011] are available in Open Academic. Use the ‘qualified SKU numbers’ as shown and the 5 license minimum requirement is waivered! This means you can sell ITA and/or MCP Class packs as standalone products on Open Academic.
  • Academic 2nd Shot!
    Customers who purchase MCP exams through Volume Licensing receive a second shot on their Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) exams. Offer available Sep 1, 2013-June 30, 2014 and valid for MCP exams delivered through Prometric test centers. More information at

eLearning Access

As a benefit to IT Academy members, e-learning is available through a new Online Learning platform. Partners supporting IT Academy institutions with transitioning to the new platform may benefit from the following trainings and quick start guides:

Quick Start Guides

Quick Start Videos

Sales Resources

We hope you are excited as we are about these fabulous assets. To help you get the word out we have provided some great sales resources to give you a good level of understanding of both the Microsoft IT Academy Program and Microsoft Certifications:

Use this template to tell your customers about the Microsoft IT Academy Program & Microsoft Certifications – attach the 3 resources below to give them more information
Overview of the Microsoft IT Academy
Overview of Microsoft Certifications
Overview of the various Microsoft Certifications pathways
Open SKUs are being enabled for the Microsoft IT Academy Program and MCP Certifications.    MOS, MTA & MCE are not available in Open