Get Started with Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy training courses are available to Developers and IT Professionals who want to expand their career horizons. Whether your goal is to learn Microsoft Office 365, figure out the fundamentals of software development, learn Microsoft Azure, have a go at app development, or something else entirely, MVA provides exactly what you need to deepen your knowledge. Discover how to get started today.

1. Create a Microsoft Virtual Academy account and Profile

MVA is free for anybody interested in advancing their career through training on Microsoft technologies. You can watch or download videos and slides without signing in, but to get full access to all resources, including learning plans, self-assessments and live events, you will need to use a Microsoft account and create an MVA profile. Your profile is a record of the time you invest here, including the certificates of completion for the courses you take.

Can I use my Office 365 account to register?

Unfortunately,it is not possible to use an Office 365 account to register on MVA. You must use a Microsoft account (Hotmail, Live,, etc.) We encourage you to create a Microsoft account to register to MVA if you don't have it today.

  • If you need a Microsoft account go to to create your Microsoft account credentials to use with MVA.

2. Take a course or attend a live event to build your skills

To get started, simply pick a course that interests you and begin watching the videos in each module. You’ll be able to download the presentations and also test your learning with assessments. Once you have completed every lesson in a course, you will get a certificate of completion. When you attend a live event, you also have real time access to experts who can answer your questions during the training.

3. Track your progress and get recognized

On your Dashboard, you can manage personal learning plans and see how much of each course you have completed. Your Dashboard automatically records your progress and stores your certificates of completion which are available for you to download and print. Your dashboard reflects the commitment you’ve made to skilling up.

Support Community

Need more help? If you can’t find the answer to your question here in the FAQ, please visit the MVA Community Support Forum.

Create a Learning Plan

My Learning Plan is a way to organize courses you’re interested in.. Once you register as an MVA member, you can add courses to a plan by clicking Add to my learning plan next to the course descriptions. You can edit and manage your learning plans from your Dashboard. You can store up to 10 learning plans. You can have up to 10 courses in each plan.