I hope everyone that came to TechEd North America had a great time and took the opportunity to come and visit us at our booth. I talked with a number of you on how we could provide a better means to support you in your career as an IT Professional, Developer, Partner and Trainer. One thing that came up in many of our discussions is the retirement of certifications and how we could be doing a better job at communicating certification retirements. Our Certifications Product Management team, is committed to providing you this information on a regular basis. Leave us a comment to help us improve how we communicate this information in the future. What format you would like to see? What is the best communications channel (Born to Learn blog, email, social media, etc.) to distribute this information to you? Your input is greatly appreciated.
This blog post will provide our Microsoft Dynamics Partners, Microsoft Learning Partners, Microsoft Certified Trainers and Microsoft Certified Professional an update on retiring Microsoft Dynamics certifications.
Earlier this year, we updated a number of Microsoft Learning website pages to drive awareness that the following Microsoft Dynamics certifications that will be retired on July 8, 2013:
This is our first wave of Microsoft Dynamics certification retirements. We plan to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certifications by December 31, 2014. We will announce the next wave of Microsoft Dynamics certification retirements later this summer. New Microsoft Dynamics certifications will be announced over the coming 18 months.
For individuals who have earned one or more of these retired certifications, they will continue to appear on their transcripts under Legacy status.
Will the upcoming CRM 2013 (or whatever its final name is) exams be part of the new certification plans?
We are working closely with the Microsoft Dynamics product group to determine what is the best certification strategy that can help elevate the competency of Microsoft Dynamics professionals worldwide. Additional information will be posted on CRM and other Microsoft Dynamics products in the future.
Nothing for GP? Hmm.
I would say publishing list on B2L and forwarding via email might be very productive
Will be there an upgrade for the new Dynamics CRM certifications that will be available after 2014? I am planning to be certified but there is a long time before expiry of existing certifications and I also don't want to be certified for something that will be useless in near future.
Another question I have is about In-class training for some of your certifications. For example in my area I cannot find any classroom training for Dynamics CRM implementation using Sure-step exam. What to do in such cases?
We plan to have a new set of certifications for Dynamics CRM in 2014. Keep your eye on the Born to Learn blog for more details in December.
You are not the first person to mention access to classroom training. How valuable would you find it if we made this training available online? I hope to hear from others on this idea.