In 1975, computer enthusiasts Bill Gates and Paul Allen had a vision: they wanted every desk in every American home to have a desktop computer. The two deemed this partnership Microsoft, and though they had big hopes for their startup, they had no idea the impact it would have on the way we work, live, and socialize.

Today, Microsoft boasts an operating system that allows devices all over the globe to connect and share content at unfathomable speeds. The company recently launched Microsoft 10, an OS that invites customers to contribute to the development and future of the company. Just one month after it’s launch, experts counted 75 million devices that were running Microsoft 10 – a number that’s expected to reach at least one billion by 2018.

Being a certified operating professional for this leading system could open your world to a multitude of job opportunities. Plus, knowing how to efficiently work a Microsoft system could simply make your life easier. However, before you get your Microsoft Certificate, read over the following need-to-know facts, so you can be adequately prepared and ready to take on the task.

Microsoft Is Altering Their Certification Program

Thanks to recent developments in software and technology – like Microsoft 10 – the company is in the midst of retooling their entire certificate program. Thus, any prior information regarding certificate exams or any premonitions you had about how the certificate program is structured is likely to have changed.

Throwback Certificates Are Back

Microsoft’s Learning Program is bringing back old-school certificates with a new-school twist. They now offer a Microsoft Certified Solution Associate (MCSA) credential as well as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) credential. Check out Infocenter’s Microsoft Training Courses to learn more about how you can obtain these certificates.

Chances Are Your Employer Won’t Pay For Your Exam

Even though being certified in Microsoft could help you become more proficient in the office, chances are your employer won’t pay for the training. Many employers are reluctant to pay for training based on the sheer fact that they are concerned your new knowledge and skills will make you more apt to find a better paying job elsewhere. So, if you plan on enrolling in a Microsoft Training Program and taking the certification exam, make sure you are able to pay for the process on your own. Take note, too, that different certifications come with different pricing and these costs can add up fast.

All in all, getting your Microsoft certification can benefit you in both personal and professional ways. Being certified can provide you with various job opportunities, it can make managing your personal Microsoft systems and devices much easier, and you can have the chance to increase you income. In fact, Microsoft certified IT workers make an average of 5.9% more money that they did prior to being earning the certification.

Contact Infocenter to enroll in a Microsoft certification program, today.

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