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Originally posted February 27, 2020 and updated March 26, 2020

 

Microsoft’s focus on role-based training and certifications can help you develop necessary skills and experience to advance in an accelerated and increasingly competitive cloud-based world. Role-based training and certifications are kept current with new features and services that Microsoft is constantly adding to the cloud solution areas, minimizing skill gaps associated with the applicable job roles.

 

Since we announced our focus on role-based training and certifications in September 2018, we’ve added a total of 34 certifications to our portfolio across Azure, Modern Workplace, and Business Applications. As we continue to expand on role-based learning offerings, all remaining exams associated with Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) will retire on January 31, 2021.

If you’re working towards a MCSA, MCSD, or MCSE certification, you’ll want to pass all required exams before they retire. The list below shows existing exams that will retire. Note that training content may continue to be available in these areas even after the exams have retired.

 

If you have an existing MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certification, it will remain on your Microsoft transcript, even after the exams retire. In fact, it will remain in the active section of your transcript for two years from January 31, 2020; at that time the certification will be moved to the “inactive” section of your transcript.

 

If you currently hold a MCSA, MCSD, or MCSE certification, why not update your profile with one of our new role-based certifications that may be relevant to you. Check out our recommended role-based certifications:

 

 

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Be sure to visit Microsoft Learn to discover all the information you need to know about the role-based certification that best matches your career aspirations. On Microsoft Learn, you’ll find information on free self-paced online training and/or with classroom training available, through Microsoft Learning Partners, to help you prepare for certification. We look forward to having you join us on this exciting journey as we evolve our certifications to focus on job roles that better-align with industry and hiring trends, helping you keep pace with today’s business and technology needs.

For answers to common questions, please see our FAQ below .

 

Certifications with exams scheduled to retire on January 31, 2021

MCSA: BI Reporting
MCSA: Dynamics 365 for Operations
MCSA: SQL 2016 BI Development
MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Admin
MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Dev
MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014
MCSA: Universal Windows Platform
MCSA: Web Applications
MCSA: Windows Server 2012
MCSA: Windows Server 2016
MCSD: App Builder
MCSE: Business Applications
MCSE: Core Infrastructure
MCSE: Data Management & Analytics
MCSE: Productivity

 

Exams Retiring on January 31, 2021

These exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Time on January 31, 2021

70-333: Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015
70-334: Core Solutions for Microsoft Skype for Business 2015
70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
70-457: Developing Mobile Apps
70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
70-483: Programming in C#
70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack
70-705: Designing and Providing Microsoft Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations
70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016
70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016
70-743: Upgrading Your skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016
70-744: Securing Windows Server 2016
70-745: Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter
70-761: Querying Data with Transact-SQL
70-762: Developing SQL Databases
70-764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
70-765: Provisioning SQL Databases
70-767: Implementing a Data Warehouse using SQL
70-768: Developing SQL Data Models
70-777: Implementing Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Solutions
70-778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI
70-779: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Excel
MB2-716: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration
MB6-894: Development, Extensions and Deployment for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance
MB6-897: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail
MB6-898: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Human Resources

 

FAQ

Q: What happens to the MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications that I already have?
A: Nothing happens to the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certification that you already have; they remain on your certification transcript even after the exams retire. In fact, it will remain in the active section of your transcript for two years from January 31, 2021; at that time the certification will be moved to the “inactive” section of your transcript.

 

Q: Can I still achieve the MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications before they retire on January 31, 2021?
A: 
Yes, you can continue earning the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications as long as the required exams are still available. As we retire the exams that are part of those certification paths, you will no longer be able to earn those certifications.

 

Q: You’re retiring exams that lead to the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certification(s) that I am pursuing. What should I do?
A: Before the exams expire, you must pass all required exams which are a part of the MCSA, MCSD, or MCSE certification(s) that you are trying to achieve. If you pass the required exams before they expire, you will earn the certification and it will appear on your certification transcript.

 

Q: If Microsoft is focused on role-based certifications, what will happen to Windows Server and SQL Server certifications? Will there be Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 certifications available?
A: No, there will not be Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 certifications. Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 content will be included in role-based certifications on an as-needed basis for certain job roles in the Azure Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI solution areas.

 

Q: How do the exam retirements affect Microsoft partner competencies if my company is a part of the partner network?  
A: If you passed a qualifying exam prior to its retirement, it will still count toward competency attainment for 12 months after the exam is retired. If you have not passed the required exams, please see this overview document for the full list of retiring and new exams and certifications required for competency attainment and renewal. The new exams and certifications will be available in Partner Center in March 2020.

 

Q: Does having the MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert certification still meet pre-requisite requirements for the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert role-based certification?
A: The MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert certification will meet one of the pre-requisite requirement options for the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert until June 30, 2022.

 

Q: Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications are product-based certifications. Will they be retired as a part of this?
A: No, MOS certifications are not being affected by this retirement.

 

Q: Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications are product-based certifications. Will they be retired as a part of this?
A: No, MTA certifications are not being affected by this retirement.

23 Comments
Occasional Visitor

There are no words to describe how shortdsighted this is.   Wow.  Are you never releasing another on prem product or do you really plan to shove azure down our throats instead of just offering it as an option?

Occasional Visitor

This is exactly how I felt @TowedJumper. Is everything but Azure collapsing in this world!? I was considering passing some exams to become MS certified but from what I see now I'm wondering if it's even worth when we're left with no other choice but Azure. MS did a big and wise move when they adopted open-source techs but now, with this Azure thing (which seems to be great but...) they seem to be longing for the old "nothing but Windows everywhere" days. Very sad...

Occasional Contributor

Please clarify, here it says:

MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert certification will meet one of the pre-requisite requirement options for the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert until June 30, 2021.

This contradicts this https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/m365-enterprise-administrator MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert Certification will not qualify as a pre-requisite option for Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert Certification after January 31, 2022 (1 year after MCSE is retired).

 

You need to be clear on the dates because this affects the careers of IT Pros.

 

 

Microsoft

@Hal Sclater - thanks for the flag. This was incorrect in the article above and it has since been corrected. MCSE Productivity Solutions Expert certification will meet one of the pre-requisite requirement options for the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert until June 30, 2022.

Occasional Visitor

I Am working as Help Desk/ End-user support,

Well planning on doing the MCSA: Windows Server 2016,  i like to work in servers & Data centers & upgrade a career , but I realized that this certification is going to be retired on January 31, 2021. am confused to choose career certificate,What would be your recommendation for an ideal certification instead of MCSA and  there are Certification MSCE: Core infrastructure Start Azure Journey,  

Occasional Visitor

Why 70-483 will be retired? Is there any Certification Exam for C# programming language?

Occasional Visitor

Is there any news when the new certification paths will be released? I am wanting to do some study but not invest my time in any certs retiring in 6 months. I have asked this question below but all the documentation I am sent to has the same retirement date: January 31, 2021.

https://trainingsupport.microsoft.com/en-us/mcp/forum/mcp_cert-mcp_retire/what-are-the-right-sharepo...

Senior Member

I have scheduled exam 70-740 (first exam) as part of my path to MCSA Windows Server 2016. However, Pearson VUE has rescheduled me until September. All this due to COVID-19 in my city. If this continues, I will not be able to complete my MCSA. What if they reschedule me again?

Occasional Visitor

This doesn't make any sense. This is like saying that C#, .Net, SQL sever and all the other good things that MS have cannot exists outside Azure. This is such a bad move from MS, a very desappointing one...

Occasional Visitor

For the certifications that are retiring, you state that "... at that time the certification will be moved to the “inactive” section of your transcript."  What does that mean if the certification is inactive?  Does it mean that it can no longer be shown on something like a resume and that it's not recognized anymore?

Occasional Visitor

Hello All,

 

After retirement/expiration of 70-764 and 70-765 Jan 31,2021, what will be the replacement exam for MCSA ?

Kindly share the way forward etc 

 

Occasional Visitor

Hi Team, I saw that the 70-705 course will be withdrawn. Could you kindly indicate if there will be an exam that will replace it in the future and if there will be, what is its code and name?
Thanks and good job

Simona

Visitor

Hi @allisonkraker ,

 I am appearing for Exam 70-765: Provisioning SQL Databases. The exam is expiring on 31 Jan 2021. I wanted to confirm that will my MCSA exam remain valid even after 31 Jan 2021 and for what duration. Please also confirm do the MCSA expire's ? . If yes, Then after what duration.

 

Thanks

Ankit

 

Occasional Visitor

Hi All,

 

Most of the people have this question, what will be the replacement of the below exam but nobody knows 

70-764

70-765 

New Contributor

Microsoft certifications are like being in the movie "Bird Box" ... you never know where you're going.  Not just a moving target, but a randomly-moving target.  

Microsoft

@Ranv0123 - There is a section on the certification transcript that shows inactive certifications. Typically certifications are moved into inactive 2 years after they retire. You can still show this certification and it remains a valid certification on your transcript, its just moved to the inactive section to designate that it's no longer an achievable certification. 

 

@Ankit_T - your MCSA won't expire. The certification retires on January 31, 2021 and it will remain in the active section on your transcript for 2 years. After 2 years, it will be moved to the inactive section of your transcript. 

 

Thanks,

Allison

Occasional Visitor

No more certifications out of Azure?

Bye bye Microsoft...

Occasional Visitor

What about MCSA Windows 10? When does it retire and for how long the cert. will be active?

 

Thanks

Frequent Visitor

Very disappointing, this exams retiring dates should have been extended.

Occasional Visitor

Will the MD-100/ Windows 10 MCSA be retiring as well? 

Occasional Visitor

I'm livid about this not having been broadcast earlier. I had planned to do "70-764" and "70-765" this year to gain the MSCA in SQL Server 2016, however my tests have been put back due to Covid from April to October. The exam retirements should be extended by at least this amount of time in order to allow myself and others to be able to study and take them as originally planned.

Visitor

Hello Team,

 

As a part of our course, we are offering the 70-480 exam voucher to our students.
Could you advise what the best replacement for this exam is?
We have a class starting in November.

 

Kind regards.

Occasional Visitor

Forcing developers to move to Azure is not wise. It's a good product, but damm you think all countries are same level of development?

Even connection still a problem in some countries, so all entreprises can't go cloud.

Thoses new certifications are good, and a way to go, but not ONLY way to go.