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 retireon 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. Thelist 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:
Be sure to visitMicrosoft Learnto 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 ourFAQ 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
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 theMCSE Productivity Solutions Expertcertification still meet pre-requisite requirements for theMicrosoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expertrole-based certification? A:TheMCSE Productivity Solutions Expertcertification will meet one of the pre-requisite requirement options for theMicrosoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expertuntil 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.