Confused about how to get the MCSE


Hi guys, im new in the comunity (first post) so, sorry if this is not the right area for my question. Im new to Microsoft certifications and im a littlebit lost.

I decided to pursue the MCSE cert in the Cloud/Azure area, first I read online that is about 7 exams for MCSE but looking at the Microsoft Certifications website looks like is only 3-4 exams. Also I read somewhere that in order to get the MCSA I need to have the MTA but now reading at Microsoft certification website looks like not because says "Possess introductory IT skills through existing knowledge or optional MTA Certification" . I been working in the industry for about 10 years and also posses the CompTia A+, Network+ and Security+, so I guess I dont need the MTA?


I also read somewhere that having A+ and Net+ helps with the credits, but help for the credits towards MCSA or MCSE? how that works?


Im trying to define the path of exams/study I have to take and im just trying to avoid lost time or take exams I dont need.


I appreciate your help and clarification, thanks in advance.

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best response confirmed by Jag Kakarlapudi (Occasional Contributor)

MTA is Optional.

The official requirements for that exam are at You need to pass 2 exams.


1st  - get an MCSA - there are 4 options for that

2nd - pass any one of the 10 optional exams

You will then have earned the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure.


Expect it to be challenging.


Additional Azure exams are at


Hi Mr. Dean Gross,

I was wondering if I could ask your advice.  I'm currently looking for a Microsoft Certification course that would be best suited toward placing me on a path or aligns with SharePoint development and building SPFx App Part (Web Parts) for SPO and Office 365.  My manager wants me to get MS Certified while selecting a path that best suits that type of development.


That sounds like you will want to start with then move on to Depending on you level of experience you may actually want to start with 


Microsoft has retired their SharePoint specific developer exams. 


There are many good free courses at  and @Andrew Connell has a great course on SPfX at 


You will also want to get familiar with the Patterns and Practice guidance (PnP) at

Appreciate the callout on my SPFx course Dean!

Thank you for the quick response, Dean.  Greatly appreciated!  ;)