What is the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) Program?
Harford Community College offers MCSE training courses to prepare
students for successful completion of the seven exams required for
certification, as well as to allow participants to confidently perform
in a business environment. MCSEs are qualified to effectively plan,
implement, maintain and support information systems in a wide range of
computing environments using the Microsoft Windows 2003 server.
Why should I get certified?
Earning MCSE certification acknowledges your expertise in working with
Microsoft products and technologies. It helps students get a foot in the
door with either a prospective employer or client. It lets others know
your achievement level, and many employers may use certification as
either a condition for employment or reward certifications earned with
job advancement or promotions. As an MCSE, you’ll also receive:
Access to technical and product information directly from
Access to exclusive discounts on products and services from
Logos and certificate to enable you to identify your MCSE status
to colleagues or clients
Invitations to Microsoft conferences, technical training sessions,
and special events
Access to new secured content on the Microsoft Certified
Professional magazine Online website
What kind of jobs can I qualify for and what salary can I expect?
Upon obtaining your certification, you can qualify for a number of
positions depending upon your background:
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Where do I get a job? Will you provide assistance?
Harford Community College offers counseling and assistance in your job
search. Advisors are available to help current students and graduates
with resume development and interview skills. Visit the
Academic Advising and Transfer
Services website or contact them at 443-412-2301.
How long is the MCSE program? What will I learn?
The MCSE program consists of seven intensive training courses that
include lectures and hands-on exercises to prepare students for the
exams required for certification. There are four required courses and
three electives, taught by MCSE-certified instructors. The duration of
the training program can vary depending on both student and course
availability, although it can be completed in 6 months. All courses must
be completed in the series.
Windows 2003 Track
||Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003
||Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
||Planning and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003
||Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows
Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
Designing Security for a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network
Client Operating Systems
Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP
Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
MCSE Exam Requirements and Certificate
The MCSE exams are written by Microsoft, and testing is administered at Prometric Thomson Test Centers.
Certification is awarded for successful completion of the examination,
and not for completion of preparation courses. There are no further MCSE
education requirements or exams for a given technology once the student
has become certified. You may wish to become MCSE certified in new
technologies as they develop. For more information on scheduling exams,
What are the Prerequisites for MCSE?
Students should have networking experience and familiarity with
networking concepts, as well as a strong background in Windows 2003 or
XP and familiarity with PCs. A+ Certification is recommended by
Microsoft as a foundation for MCSE training if the student lacks
prerequisites. Students interested in enrolling in this program should
attend Computer Counseling Night held at the beginning of both the Fall
and Spring semesters. Counseling Night is FREE to the public and
instructors will be available to answer questions. See
Calendar of Events for details.
I’m still not sure the computer field is for me. What should I do?
Attend Computer Counseling Night held at the beginning of both the Fall
and Spring Semesters on the Harford Community College Campus. It’s free
to the public. Computer training instructors will be there to speak with
you and help select the programs appropriate for you. Other counseling
sessions are scheduled throughout the year. See
Calendar of Events for further
For tuition assistance or loan deferment information, please contact
Finance and Accounting at 443-412-2207.
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