ITS makes free Microsoft IT Academy online courses available

Free online classes are now available to help UNC faculty, staff, and students acquire or improve their skills with Microsoft software applications. Information Technology Services (ITS) has finalized a contract with Microsoft making these courses available to anyone with a UNC onyen.

Microsoft IT Academy’s (MSITA) self-paced, interactive curriculum is delivered via video and includes unlimited access to more than 400 courses, organized into 13 training libraries including Microsoft Office Suite applications, Windows Server, Windows Client, SQL Server, and Visual Studio. Libraries are bundles of courses on a single topic. The Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum can help users acquire basic computing skills.

Lesson plans, e-reference technical books, and teacher starter kits are also available for instructors who wish to integrate this training into their coursework.

Courses can be taken independently or can be focused toward one of three Microsoft Certifications:

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification documents expertise in general Office Suite applications.
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification can lead to entry-level job opportunities in various technical careers.
  • Microsoft Certifications Solutions Associate/Expert (MCSA/MCSE) validates the ability to design and build innovative solutions across multiple technologies.

To request an access code and get started with MSITA training opportunities, visit the UNC Microsoft IT Academy page at:

Information Technology Services contact: Priscilla Alden, Assistant Vice Chancellor,  User Support & Engagement,, 919-843-2103

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