The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) Security on Windows Server 2003 Certification can advance your career by ensuring you have the skills to successfully manage and troubleshoot system environments running on the Microsoft Windows operating system.

The MCSA Server 2003 Certification reflects a unique set of skills required to succeed in a variety of job roles, such as systems administrator, network administrator, information systems administrator, network operations analyst, network technician, and technical support specialist.

Benefits of MCSA Certification:

  • Industry recognition of your knowledge with Microsoft products and technologies;

  • Access to technical and product information, through the MCP Secured site;

  • Invitations to Microsoft conferences, technical training sessions, and special events.; and

  • An MCP logo, certificate, transcript, wallet card, and lapel pin to identify you as a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) to colleagues or clients.

PLEASE NOTE: The Home Study MCSA Course are originally designed as Instructor led courses but are a convenient learning tool for individuals who do not have the flexibility to attend traditional classroom training, and because of this format it details the practical elements in greater detail than other courses available. The MCSA Course consists of 4 individual MCP Courses and the home study courses are designed as theory-based courses but do contain all relevant information on how to complete practical exercises if you have the available equipment, software & resources available.

The MCSA Course will consist of the following MCSA Home Study Courses:

1 Core Operating System Course (You must select one of the following courses):

  • 70-270 - Installing, Configuring and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • 70-620 - Windows Vista, Configuring

  • 70-680 - Windows 7, Configuring

2 Core Networking Course (Both required)

  • 70-290 – Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment

  • 70-291 – Implementing, Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure

Elective Course

  • 70-299 - Implementing and Administering Security in a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network

Please Note: You should view the individual MCP course information for all relevant content, and pre-requisites.


Depending on your choice of home study courses there are varying pre-requisites and requirements. You should view the individual course information for each MCP Course for more detailed information.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time. The home study courses are designed as self-study courses but if you have any problems you can email our email support. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer, and we do not impose a cut-off date for study.


Assessment would be 4 MCP Examinations. All Examinations are in a multiple choice/multiple answer format.


MCSAOn completion of each course you can apply for the appropriate Internationally Recognised MCP examinations at any registered Prometric testing centre.

The Microsoft examination fees are £99 + VAT each, and there will be 4 exams to complete (Please view the relevant CompTIA Course information for exam fees if you are selecting the Elective CompTIA option).

You can locate testing centres and schedule appointments on their Website: Prometric

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