CIAT offers a Certificate in Microsoft Server Technology. Learn more about the program below.

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Program Overview

Program ID: #CMST

Program Length: 15 Weeks

Program Hours: 225 Clock Hours (90 Lab Hours, 134 Lecture Hours)

Tuition: $7,020 ($585 per unit)

The Certificate in Microsoft Server Technology is designed for the Computer Service Technician who wants to expand their competence into the area of computer networking. It provides the foundational skills required to install, configure, troubleshoot, and maintain network systems in business environments. Major topics covered include hardware technologies, operating systems, networking, routing, security, and database management. This program prepares students for careers in a variety of positions including LAN Administrator, Junior Network Administrator and Technical Support Specialist.

Prerequisites: You must be a High school graduate or GED and be able to navigate within a Microsoft Windows environment using a mouse and keyboard.

*Program is not eligible for FAFSA funding. 

Program Objective

Upon completion of the Certificate in Microsoft Server Technology Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Install, upgrade, and migrate Windows Server in host and compute environments on servers and workloads.
  • Install Windows Server features and roles; install and configure Windows Server Core; manage Windows Server Core installations using GUI and Windows PowerShell.
  • Configure Windows Server container host to Windows Server Core and Nano Server in a physical and virtualized environment.
  • Create, direct, and manage Active Directory users and computers.
  • Install and configure DNS servers; create and configure DNS zones and records.
  • Install, configure, manage and maintain DHCP server.
  • Install and configure Hyper-V and Virtual Machines; configure virtual machine settings, Hyper-V storage, and Hyper-V networking.
  • Install and configure Active Directory Domain Services and group policies.
  • Create and manage Active Directory groups and organizational units.
  • Implement Active Directory Certificate Services, Active Directory Federations Services, and Web Application proxies.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from California Institute of Arts & Technology and receive their Certificate in Microsoft Server Technology, the student must successfully:

Complete the three core courses (225 clock hours) with an overall average GPA of minimum 2.0. These courses may be completed by:

  • Successfully completing the course at California Institute of Arts & Technology. A minimum of two courses must be completed in this manner.
  • Transferring credit, up to three courses (180 clock hours) from an accredited institution of higher learning.
  • Challenge Exam of up to one course. Each successfully challenged course will be subtracted from the allowed transfer credits.

Required Classes

225 credit hours required




Credit Hours

265 Installing & Configuring Microsoft Windows Server 75
266 Administering Microsoft Windows Server 75
267 Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services 75

Economic Outlook and Growth of the Industry


According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, employment of computer and network support specialists is expected to grow by 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, which is faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for these workers will increase as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software. The median annual wage for computer network support specialists was $62,340 in May 2017.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Computer Support Specialist

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