Microsoft MCSA Certification Training - Network Technology and Systems Administration (NTSA) Department

MCSA logo.New MCSA Certification Ranked #1 in Industry gives top honors to the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) credential.

Upon completion of this program, students will be prepared for Microsoft certifications as an MCSA (Microsoft Certified System Administrator). "Microsoft Certified" next to your name means you meet Microsoft's highest standards and tells employers you know your stuff. The MCSA credential proves that you have the skills to successfully implement, manage, and troubleshoot the ongoing needs of Microsoft Windows® 2003-based operating environments, including Windows .NET Server.

MCP logo.An MCSA candidate should have six to 12 months of experience working with a desktop operating system, a network operating system, and an existing network infrastructure.

MCSA candidates are required to pass three core exams and one elective exam. The following tables list the sequence of Ohlone courses that will prepare you for certification and identify the core and elective Microsoft exams that will lead you to certification:

Recommended Ohlone Courses, Length, Units, and Sequence
Course Length Units
CNET-160A Windows XP Professional 16 weeks 2
CNET-162A Windows 2003 Server 8 weeks 2
CNET-162B Win3K Network Infrastructure 8 weeks 2
Choose one or either of these two courses:
  • CNET-167A Exchange Server 2003
  • CNET-168A SQL 2003 Administration
self-paced 2

Certification Requirements

MCSA Certification
Item Microsoft Examination Requirements Ohlone Microsoft Training Course
Core Examinations - 3
  • Pass Exam 70-210 Win2K Professional

  • Pass Exam 70-270 WinXP Professional
  • CS-180A Windows 2000 Professional

  • CNET-160A Windows XP
Pass Exam 70-290 Win3K Server CNET-162A Windows 2003 Server
Pass Exam 70-291 Maintaining a Windows 2003 Networking Infrastructure CNET-162B Network Infrastructure
Elective Examination - 1
  • Pass Exam 70-284 Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server

  • Pass Exam 70-228 Microsoft SQL Server
  • CNET-167A Microsoft Exchange 2003

  • CNET-168A SQL Server Administration

Review academic requirements in the Catalog and in the Curriculum Guides. All students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review academic program requirements and discuss their long-range academic plan.

For more information, contact:

Lesley Buehler

Dean, Business, Technology, and Career Technical Education Division

Microsoft IT Academy Program logo.

Textbooks, Online Access Codes, Other Supplies and Resources

Most Ohlone College classes require the purchase of a textbook, and some classes require the purchase of online access codes (also known as keys) or other supplies. Most of these purchases are available at the Ohlone College Bookstore.

Students may also be required to pay additional fees for access to online resources that are not available through the Ohlone College Bookstore. Please check with the instructor.

More at Textbooks: Information and Purchasing, including Online Orders, Newark Center Textbooks and Supplies, Book Buybacks, and Textbook Costs.