Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications are available in four disciplines. The achievement of an MCA certification validates an IT professional's expertise in designing and delivering IT solutions that meet the highest standards of technical efficiency and quality as well as those that address enterprise demands.
Currently, Microsoft offers MCA certifications in the following disciplines:
Microsoft Exchange Server
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft SQL Server
Windows Server: Directory
To achieve the MCA certification, candidates must first earn a Microsoft Certified Master certification in the same discipline. They must then formally register for the MCA program and pay the associated fees.
MCA candidates are required to prepare and submit a detailed portfolio documenting their experience and expertise with the discipline in which they intend to certify. That portfolio must contain the candidate's work history as well as a project case study and presentation.
The goal of the portfolio is to validate the candidate's skills and expertise in all of the MCA-specific competencies. Candidates can learn more about the competency requirements for MCA program by visiting the Microsoft Learning website and the MCA certification path webpage.
The MCA portfolio is submitted for review by a panel of industry experts. This final review step in the MCA certification program is known as the MCA Board Exam, and provided the Board finds the candidate successfully demonstrated mastery of the six, core MCA competencies in his or her portfolio, the MCA certification will be issued following the Board Exam.