Microsoft will retire MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications on June 30, 2020 according to a new post by Alex Payne, GM, Global Technical Learning at Microsoft Worldwide Learning, on the Microsoft Learning Blog.
Microsoft shifted its focus to role-based training and certifications in September 2018 and has added 34 different certifications since then to its portfolio "across Azure, Modern Workplace, and Business Applications".
Since Microsoft is now focusing on role-based training and certifications, it will retire all remaining Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications on June 30, 2020.
MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications can still be achieved until June 30, 2020 and "nothing happens" to certifications that customers already have. Existing certifications that are retired on June 30, 2020 remain on a customer's certification transcript for two years after the retirement date before they are moved to the inactive section of the transcript.
Microsoft notes that there won't be any Windows Server 2019 or SQL Server 2019 certifications and that Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 content will be included "in role-based certifications on an as-needed basis for certain job roles in Azure Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI solution areas".
The following Microsoft certification exams will be retired on June 30, 2020:
The following Microsoft exams will be retired on June 30, 2020:
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) and Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications will remain available.
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