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This page deals with Systems/Networking based MCSE's. Please see Database Certification for database-related MCSE's and MCSA vs MCSE for information on previous MCSE/MCITP certifications.

Gaining your MCSE Certification means employers will fully recognise your abilities and be confident that you've got the technical skills to match the job. Both nationally and internationally, companies continue to seek out IT professionals who they're confident can manage the tasks required. Individuals with the MCSE can demonstrate an industry-recognised proficiency that employers respect and acknowledge.

Your MCSE can lead to a variety of highly skilled and well paid IT positions, including Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Technical Consultant and Security Professional. In the UK and around the world, industries are crying out for managers who have the knowledge and appropriate commercial qualifications to support and run their Windows based Networks and Operating Systems. All MCSE certifications will be very much in demand for many years to come.

There are 9 new MCSE groups now with 7 related to networking or systems support & 2 relating to database technologies. Each MCSE has 4-5 required exams that constitute the overall certification, with each progressing from an MCSA Certification grouping of 2-3 exams - by adding 2 more exams. The 7 networking/systems related groups are:

  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (410, 411, 412)
    • 413 : Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
    • 414 : Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Desktop Infrastructure
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (410, 411, 412)
    • 415 : Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
    • 416 : Implementing Desktop Application Environments
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (410, 411, 412)
    • 246 : Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
    • 247 : Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
    • MCSA: Windows 8 (687, 688)
    • 695 : Deploying Windows Devices and Enterprise Apps
    • 696 : Managing Enterprise Devices and Apps
  • MCSE: Messaging
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (410, 411, 412)   -or-   MCSA: Office 365 (346, 347)
    • 341 : Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
    • 342 : Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • MCSE: Communication
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (410, 411, 412)   -or-   MCSA: Office 365 (346, 347)
    • 336 : Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
    • 337 : Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • MCSE: SharePoint
    • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 (410, 411, 412)   -or-   MCSA: Office 365 (346, 347)
    • 331 : Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
    • 332 : Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

NOTE: All the new MCSE's are designed to build from a base MCSA, so progression from MCSA to MCSE is highly streamlined. Some MCSA’s provide the basis for several of the MCSE specialisations shown above.

Building Your Qualifications Over Time

As you move through an MCSE program, you'll gain each of the individual accreditations shown one-by-one. This means that along with other basic networking and support qualifications such as the CompTIA A+ and Network+, you'll gradually build your CV and opportunities for jobs in the IT industry.

The MCSE is geared towards design, planning and project management; i.e. a more senior level of responsibility. If you aspire to network management, senior administration, technical consulting or project management, or you wish to move towards a higher-level IT security career, then this is the route to consider. Some less obvious characteristics of a successful MCSE would be both creative and leadership skills, as the role can often involve large-scale problem-solving and personnel as well as resource management.

As can be seen above, the MCSE is also about specialisation (e.g. messaging, communications & cloud etc.), and this needs to be considered before undertaking an appropriate training program.

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