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Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

Microsoft Streamlines Technical Certifications

November 18, 2016 in Corporate IT Training, Microsoft / by Centriq Training

As Microsoft Learning’s General Manager Alison Cunard announced in September 2016, Microsoft has streamlined its technical certifications, aligning to industry-recognized areas of competence while providing flexibility to showcase your specific skills on Microsoft products and services.

Five new Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Developer (MCSD) specialties are being released. These credentials are aligned to Centers of Excellence, used by the Microsoft Partner Network to identify technical competencies that are widely recognizable by both Microsoft partners and customers.

The five new expert certifications are:

Microsoft Cloud Platform and Infrastructure Certification Path

  • MCSE: Mobility – focusing on skills validation for Windows Client and Enterprise Mobility Suite

Microsoft Mobility Certification Path

  • MCSE: Data Management and Analysis – focusing on skills validation for both on-premises and cloud-based Microsoft data products and services

Microsoft Data Management and Analytics Certification Path

  • MCSE: Productivity – focusing on skills validation for Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business

Microsoft Productivity Certification Path

  • MCSD: App Builder – focusing on skills validation for Web and Mobile app development

Microsoft App Builder Certification Path

To earn each of these credentials, you must first earn a qualifying Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certification and, then, pass a single additional exam from a list of electives associated with the corresponding Center of Excellence.

The resulting MCSE or MCSD certification will be added to your transcript and will never expire. Instead, the achievement date will signify your investment in continuing education on the technology. Every year, you will have the opportunity to re-earn the certification by passing an additional exam from the list of electives, demonstrating your investment in broadening or deepening your skills in a given Center of Excellence. Each time you earn the certification, a new certification entry will be added to your transcript. This process will replace the existing recertification requirement of taking a specific recertification exam every 2 years (MCSD) or 3 years (MCSE) in order to prevent your certification from going inactive.

You will find that many currently available MCP exams will map to one or more new expert-level certifications. These certification changes apply only to MCSE and MCSD certifications.?? You will continue to earn and upgrade MCSA certifications as you do currently.

Transitioning to the New MCSE/MCSD Certifications

On the evening of September 26, 2016 the new MCSE and MCSD certifications were released and your MCP transcripts were reevaluated. To recognize your efforts in keeping your existing certifications up-to-date, those individuals who currently hold active MCSE or MCSD certifications from the following list will earn the corresponding new MCSE or MCSD certifications for 2016 without having to take any additional exams.

  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
  • MCSE: Data Platform
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence
  • MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
  • MCSE: SharePoint
  • MCSE: Communication
  • MCSE: Messaging
  • MCSD: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCSD: SharePoint Applications

In addition, all individuals who have passed a qualifying elective exam since January 1, 2016 will be granted the corresponding new MCSE or MCSD certifications for 2016 without the need to take additional exams, if they have met all exam requirements.

From now through December 31, 2016, Individuals with inactive MCSE or MCSD certifications have the choice of taking a recertification exam or a new exam from the list of electives associated with the corresponding Center of Excellence to earn the new certification.

As the final part of the transition process, all existing MCSE and MCSD certifications (listed below) will be retired on March 31, 2017:

  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
  • MCSE: Data Platform
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence
  • MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
  • MCSE: SharePoint
  • MCSE: Communication
  • MCSE: Messaging
  • MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management
  • MCSD: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCSD: SharePoint Applications

After that date, these certifications will no longer be attainable but, if already earned, will remain on your transcript in either Active or Inactive state until retirement of the corresponding technologies, at which point the certifications will be moved to the Legacy section of your transcript.

Click here for Q&A specific to Transitioning Old Certs & New Certification Paths

This can be complicated to understand, so if you have questions and would like to speak with someone, one of our Training Advisors can be reached at 913.322.7062 or info@centriq.com.