Microsoft Certified Architect Certification for SharePoint Explained

Thursday, April 19, 2012
posted by alice

Wictor Wilén recently posted on his blog that he successfully passed the Microsoft Certified Architect – SharePoint 2010 (MCA) Certification. Many in the community responded to his announcement with congratulations, but also wondering what exactly an MCA is. Wilén explains the certification in, “What Is a Microsoft Certified Architect?

Wilén first explains that the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) exam, as opposed to the MCA, is the most highly technical exam in the Microsoft world, technical being the key word here. With that in mind, he goes on to explain the MCA:

The MCA takes the certification to another level, and focus on the business side of SharePoint (or the other MCA eligible products; SharePoint, Exchange, SQL and AD). The MCA is not a course, it is not something you sit in class and learn for a couple of weeks, it is not something you can study for – it is something you learn over the course of several years of experience with the products, in real business cases together with one or more customers.

The MCA involves submission of a portfolio, which often contains details about real customer gigs, your CV, and other documentation to prove your accomplishments and work in real-world business. Wilén also comments on the value of an MCA certification, including tangible benefits (like increased pay and recruitment), but also the intangible value of evaluating one’s body of work and identifying areas of weakness to improve upon.

It is no doubt the MCA is a high honor in the SharePoint world. We noticed that two of the six competencies for MCA certification are about designing and governing solutions that meet requirements, such as cost-effectiveness and innovation. Look to boost your portfolio by researching third party solutions that can really extend SharePoint capabilities. Here you can read about the tight integration of Semaphore with SharePoint as a comprehensive solution for precision and recall optimization. Read more about adding the findability advantage to your system at

Ken Toth, April 19, 2012

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