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Choose your [learning] path

SCA or CAD? The choice is yours.

The skills taught in MSSA’s learning paths are aligned to some of the technology industry’s most in-demand career roles.

The skills taught in MSSA’s learning paths are aligned to some of the technology industry’s most in-demand career roles.

Server and Cloud Administration (SCA)

Topics include creating Windows Server workloads, implementing networking, virtual machines, authentication and authorization, cloud models, and Azure administration.


Become a system administrator who can install, configure, manage, and support IT resources on premises, in the cloud or in a hybrid environment to meet the technology needs of major organizations.


Roles SCA grads have accepted following program completion include

  • IT Network Support Engineer
  • Project + Program Manager
  • (IT) Sales / Consultant
  • Technical Account Manager

Cloud Application Development (CAD)

Concepts include database programming, data integration and manipulation, C# application programming with ASP.NET Core MVC application development in Azure.


Become a C# programmer to build local, server based and cloud-stored applications.





Roles CAD grads have accepted following program completion include

  • Software Engineer
  • Service Engineer
  • Customer Success Engineer
  • Database Engineer
Technical curriculum and resulting certifications*

Workforce-ready learning paths

MSSA learning paths are designed to provide the foundational training to enable participants to achieve industry-recognized certification.

Click through each learning path to get a sense of general topics and competencies covered by each curriculum, and the certifications we strive to prepare you for.

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Foundational networking skills

  • Networking
  • Identity and Active Directory
  • PowerShell scripting
  • Windows Server/Windows Server Hybrid administration
  • Azure Fundamentals
  • Azure Administration
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MSSA provides the foundational training to get you from “huh?” to “got it!” in 17 weeks.

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Selecting a learning path

Selecting a learning path

Selecting your MSSA learning path is a major decision. It will determine the technical curriculum and skilling you receive and become the technical foundation for your new career.

Unsure where to start? Get your feet wet with Microsoft Learn

Utilize these (free!) online resources from Microsoft Learn to get a foundation in some of the technologies you’ll learn about in each MSSA learning path.


Jumpstart your training on LinkedIn Learning

We’ve partnered with LinkedIn Learning to design digital courses that introduce the topics covered in MSSA learning paths.


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Get to know the basics of Server & Cloud Administration (SCA)

Network Administration Fundamentals covers key networking and administration concepts. It can also help you prepare for MSSA’s Server & Cloud Administration (SCA) learning path, which helps transitioning service members and veterans find work as network and cloud administrators.

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Familiarize yourself with Cloud Application Development (CAD)

Software Development Fundamentals learning path covers fundamental concepts of software development. It is also aligned to our Cloud Application Development (CAD) learning path, helping transitioning service members and veterans to find work as software developers.

LinkedIn Learning has training resources–and certifications–on many technical and business topics. Anyone with a premium LinkedIn subscription can access these learning paths.

Transitioning veterans are eligible for 1 year of LinkedIn Premium at no cost by registering here.

Training partners

Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. To help realize this mission for transitioning military service members, Microsoft works side-by-side with education leaders to help service members advance from the military to a career in IT. Our MSSA education partners provide a wide range of educational assets and value-added programs including instructor-led classroom training, comprehensive hands-on laboratories, in-depth online courses, industry-recognized and highly valued certifications.

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