Microsoft Virtual Academy

Free Microsoft Training Delivered by Experts

What is MVA?

Successful technologists never stop learning and great technology never stops evolving. Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers online Microsoft training delivered by experts to help technologists continually learn, with hundreds of courses, in 11 different languages. Our mission is to help developers, knowledgeable IT professionals and advanced students learn the latest technology, build their skills, and advance their careers. MVA is free of charge, and the entire service is hosted on Windows Azure.

Become an MVA member so that you can earn points for your learning, achieve different levels of badges and status relative to others in your country or around the world, and get certificates when you complete an entire course. Your personal dashboard helps you track your progress against your personal learning plans.

MVA learning opportunities combine on-demand courses and live events:

On-demand courses help you learn at your own pace, and when the time is right for your busy schedule.

MVA’s exciting live events include Jump Start training and MVA Live Q&A where you can interact with experts, and a worldwide audience of learners from around the world. Our instructors and subject matter experts will answer the questions you pose in real time chat sessions so that you can apply what you learn right away.

Developers who want to learn how to build apps for the web, Windows or Windows Phone can explore our courses on App Development training, HTML5 training, C# training, and Windows Phone app development.

IT Pros who are looking to evaluate, deploy, administer, update, and manage infrastructure in their organization should checkout our online courses on Windows Server training, Windows 8 training, Windows Azure training, and Microsoft Virtualization.

1. Create a Microsoft Virtual Academy Profile
MVA is free for anybody interested in advancing their career through training on Microsoft technologies. You can watch or download up to three pieces of content (such as videos, slides, Q&A transcripts) without signing in, but to get full access to all videos and training resources available, including our live, interactive events, you will need to use a Microsoft account and create an MVA profile. Your profile will become a record of the time you invest here, including the certificates of completion for the courses you take.

2. Watch courses or attend a live event to build your skills
To get started, simply pick a course that interests you and begin watching the videos in each module. You’ll be able to download the presentations and also test your learning with quizzes. Once you have completed every action in a course, you will get a certificate of completion. When you attend a live event, you also have real time access to experts who can answer your questions during the training.

3. Track your progress and get recognized
On My Dashboard, you can manage personal learning plans and see how much of each course you have completed so that you can chart a course towards your goals. My Dashboard also records points for your learning actions and completed courses, and stores your certificates of completion which are available for you to download and print. Your point total reflects the commitment you’ve made to skilling up and lets you see how you compare to other students in your country and globally.

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