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I have had rigorous and comprehensive IT training in CompTIA A+ over the years (from mid-2016 to mid-2021 today) from another learning website that helped me obtain it successfully (  I started out on my path to obtain my CompTIA A+ initially at PC Age Career Institute in Iselin, NJ (where I completed 8.0 credits for about $4,000 through a government grant in mid-2016) to prepare for the two exams needed to obtain the cert (just before they were changed and updated; so I was in a race to pass the two exams before they were replaced). This is where I was introduced to the before mentioned learning website ( as they used it to facilitate the learning process. I did great on both exams through self study after my courses ended and became certified in mid-2019; though it took quite some time because at some point I worked a part time job outside of IT and I wanted to ace the exams none the less.


I first became aware of Microsoft’s support website from a past contract job years ago, that lasted a little over a year, as a desktop support technician where I would use their knowledgebase to aid in solving issues end users had with their OS and apps. At some point afterwards I found it hard getting a job in IT so it was recommended by my career counselor that I get a certification to aid in finding employment.  However, I did have a bachelor’s of science in BMIS (Business Management Information Systems) which helped me land the job that I mentioned above but the type of work I wanted to do now was requiring certification more and more. So, I pursued my first cert (CompTIA A+) as mentioned earlier .


With that being said, I stumbled upon "Microsoft Learn" not too long ago while increasing my skillset in Active Directory, among other Microsoft product offerings, using Microsoft docs (home for Microsoft’s technical documentation) and joined and become an active member. That's how I found out about Microsoft Learn looking for ways to learn more about how to use Microsoft products, which I am a big fan of (my fav), in the work force. They also have a majority share of the market in regards to end users as their products are used all over in businesses today. 


With that being said, now has a new offering (as of 2021) to aid in passing Exams MD-100: Windows 10 and MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops to obtain the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate cert. I’m seriously considering taking their newest offering as it would be a natural continuation or progression for me from their previous CompTIA A+ offering. Or should I obtain the fundamentals certification Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals first?


I have used Microsoft Learn to get started on their path to the MS 365 cert, unknowingly though, getting into advanced topics of their product offerings relating to administrative tasks but I am still figuring how to use their platform to help obtain the cert. As, I am already familiar and thrilled with and its true to life simulations, instructional videos, text lessons, quizzes, and certification exam prep materials. However, Microsoft Learn will definitely be an essential part of the process (they give the exams and offer learning paths).


So, in closing, my questions for the Microsoft Tech Community are:


  • First, most importantly, was anybody like me whom had their CompTIA A+ cert first and wanted to get their Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate cert next as it has no proposed prerequisites and it certifies you to do desktop administrative tasks among other things: to engage in and retain gainful employment, stay current and be future-ready, and secure an in-demand job in the current job market as the COVID pandemic unfolds?


  • Second, has anyone obtained their Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate cert already and if so, what learning resources did you use to obtain it successfully?


  • Third, should I obtain the fundamentals certification Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals cert first before I consider obtaining the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate cert? Which I'm now considering doing.


  • Or fourth, can I get the cert with average past work experience in IT, though not specifically in tasks covered in the cert, and rigorous training and self-study in CompTIA A+ (a foundational cert in IT)? Or, is it only recommended for someone who has a current job doing some of the said tasks covered in the cert before they try to obtain it? As, I want to acquire it to be able to do the tasks that it covers and hopefully land a doing them.


I’d appreciate the community’s honest and thoughtful feedback as this is a cert that interests me.