Upcoming exam retirements and availability of related certifications

Upcoming exam retirements and availability of related certifications

Krista Wall (Microsoft)

Most of the exams for SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 will be retiring on July 31, 2013. Exams for SharePoint Server 2007 and Project Server 2007 will be retiring on January 31, 2013. After these exams retire, the certifications towards which they count will no longer be available to be earned. Already started on your certification path? That’s okay! You’ve still got plenty of time to achieve it, so go for it. If you earn a current MCITP or MCPD certification while it is still available, in most cases a shorter upgrade path with be available to our new MCSE and MCSD certifications.

Upcoming exam retirements

The Microsoft Certification team continually monitors industry trends and then revises exams and certification requirements to keep pace with changes in technology. On a regular basis, new exams are introduced and older exams are revised or retired. Certifications you have earned remain valid even if qualifying exams have been retired. When an exam you passed is retired, your transcript retains the record of the exam and identifies the exam as retired.

Five exams are scheduled to retire on September 30, 2012, including Exchange Server 2007 exams. Nine exams are scheduled to retire on January 31, 2013, including SharePoint Server 2007 and Project Server 2007 exams. Forty-nine exams relating to SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, Visual Studio 2010, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 are scheduled to retire on July 31, 2013. Note that both exams and dates planned for retirement may be subject to change.

 Availability of related certifications

SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Visual Studio 2010 certifications

We will be retiring all of the Visual Studio 2008 exams and most of the Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 exams on July 31, 2013. As of that date, the following certifications will no longer be available to be earned:

  • MCITP: Database Developer 2008
  • MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
  • MCITP: Business Intelligence 2008
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development
  • MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance
  • MCPD: ASP.NET Developer 3.5
  • MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5
  • MCPD: Windows Developer 3.5
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Communication Foundation Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Workflow Foundation Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Applications
  • MCPD: Web Developer 4
  • MCPD: Windows Developer 4
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications
  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications

New Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications for SQL Server 2012 are already available, and new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certifications for Visual Studio 2012 are coming soon.

Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 certifications

We will be retiring all of the Windows Server 2003 and most of the Windows Server 2008 exams on July 31, 2013. As of that date, the following certifications will no longer be available to be earned:

  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Active Directory, Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure, Configuration
  • MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration
  • MCITP: Server Administrator 2008
  • MCITP: Enterprise Administrator 2008
  • MCSA on Windows Server 2003
  • MCSE on Windows Server 2003
  • MCSE: Security on Windows Server 2003

New MCSE: Private Cloud and MCSA: Windows Server certifications are already available, and other MCSE certifications covering other solutions are coming soon.

Comments
  • Mr. Wharty
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    Hi Krista,

    Can you please provide some insight into why upgrade exams such as 70-569, 70-453, 70-454, and 70-455 are retiring before their respective individual exams (see below) as this move doesn't make any sense i.e. people with existing certifications feel that they are being penalised.  This issue has been raised in the following Training and Certification forum threads and it would be great if you could respond to the concerns of those contributing to said threads:

    social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../497b270e-41e2-4f63-838a-1a417df25438 (SQL Server 2008 Upgrade)

    social.msdn.microsoft.com/.../4687cd66-82f6-4e54-b491-77d3b48be5d4 (MCPD Enterprise Application Developer 3.5)

    MCITP: DATABASE ADMINISTRATOR 2008

    70-432, NOT retiring

    70-450, Retiring July 31st, 2013

    70-453, Retiring July 31st, 2012 ***UPGRADE EXAM

    MCITP: DATABASE DEVELOPER 2008

    70-433, Retiring July 31st, 2013

    70-451, Retiring July 31st, 2013

    70-454, Retiring July 31st, 2012 ***UPGRADE EXAM

    MCITP: BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPER 2008

    70-448, NOT retiring

    70-452, Retiring July 31st, 2013

    70-455, Retiring July 31st, 2012 ***UPGRADE EXAM

    MCPD Enterprise Application Developer 3.5

    70-503, Retiring July 31st, 2013

    70-565, Retiring July 31st, 2013

    70-569 Retiring July 31st, 2012 ***UPGRADE EXAM

  • dream in code
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    I've always viewed the upgrade exams as transitional. That the intent was to give the people who took a full exam soon before a new version was announced a way to not have to go through the entire process over again. This is with the idea that they just recently took a full exam of the most recent version, so they have a complete understanding of it.

    I don’t think it is fair, and I think it devalues the weight of the certification itself, if those that took a full exam long ago or have been taking upgrade exams for let's say the last 4 versions of a product, to be declared having the same level of competency of the new version as a person who just took a full exam.

  • Mr. Wharty
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    Someone who has experience and certifications in 4 versions of product has far more knowledge of these products than someone with only certifications in a current product version or sitting their first certification.  Furthermore, people with certifications in multiple versions of a product have had their knowledge tested far more rigorously than someone passing their first certification.

    Upgrade certifications contain questions on the differences between previous and current versions of a product.  Most of them also contain more questions than a standard exam and exam takers are required to have a broader understanding of a product as exams contain questions from a wider range of features.

    BTW, why should people who have contributed considerable time and money to gain certifications be penalised for doing so?  Why should they be required to sit the same number of exams as someone who hasn’t done any certifications.

  • Davin Mickelson
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    Thank you, Jeff! I agree with you 100% and have the same questions and concerns.

    It seems as though Microsoft does not value our past certifications at all. I believe any hiring manager worth their salt should favor a resume containing certifications with multiple versions of a Microsoft product versus a resume with just the latest certification.

    The Microsoft certification team knows that products change with newer versions. However, more importantly, I suspect they do not realize how much the products remain the same. I KNOW someone who has had ten years experience with a Microsoft product know much more about the product then a college graduate who passed the latest exam on a recently released version of the product. I fear hiring managers do not, though. The real question: Is the certification team catering to hiring managers or to the professionals?

  • Mr. Wharty
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    Still no update?

  • Krista Wall (Microsoft)
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    Hi Jeff,

    Upgrade exams are for intended for early adopters who hold the credential for a previous version of the same technology. Generally speaking, we keep them in market two or three years after the newer version is released and then retire them.

    Thanks

    Krista

  • tilakrajchandan.hotmail.com
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    Seems like, following are not getting retired on 31st July 2013 (As planned earlier).

    MCPD: Web Developer 4

    MCPD: Windows Developer 4

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Data Access

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications

    MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications

    These are not listed on www.microsoft.com/.../retired-certifications.aspx and also no information is available on the main certification page as on today (24th Jan 2013).

    I had checked previously (2-3 months before) and at that time, Retirement notification was shown at both the places mentioned above.

  • tilakrajchandan.hotmail.com