Microsoft is withdrawing its MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications in June 2020

Microsoft is retiring three of its most popular categories of professional certification, as part of a step towards “role-based training”. Its Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications are disappearing, officials said in a post on February 28, 2020. Microsoft also has no plans to offer Windows Server 2019 Certifications or SQL Server 2019, officials said.

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As of June 30, 2020, all exams for MCSA, MCSD and MCSE will no longer be available. Microsoft is advising that those already working to obtain these certifications must pass the required exams before that date, as these certifications will no longer be granted after June 30. Individuals who passed the qualifying exam before their retirement will still be able to count it for a partner competency requirement for 12 months after the exam retires.

Those who already have MCSA, MCSD or MCSE certifications will be able to refer to them for up to two years after the deadline; after that point, they will be marked as “inactive”.

Microsoft today published its recommendations for those who have MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications who are interested in migrating to the latest role-based certifications. It is not new that the recommendations focus on Azure, Microsoft 365, Data and AI and Dynamics 365.

Microsoft's frequently asked questions about certification changes said that Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 content will be included in role-based certifications “as needed for certain work roles in the areas of application and data infrastructure and solutions. Azure “.

The Microsoft blog post has a complete list of certifications and exams that will be retired on June 30, 2020 .

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Felipe Santos
Felipe Santos is a Cloud and Security Architect, with experience in Windows Server, Cluster, Storages, Backups Veeam and Office 365 environments.
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