ACE NewsByte: Recertification Exams Coming Soon!

ACE NewsByte: Recertification Exams Coming Soon!

Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

Do you have a MCSD or MCSE that's about to expire? Want to keep your certification current? Wondering how to recertify? You're not the only one with questions, but Briana and Liberty have answers. They share what's going on with recertification in the first installment of the ACE NewsByte. They answer your core questions about what is required to recertify and when recertification will be available!

We're also introducing the ACE NewsByte (did you notice I said "first installment"?!). Wondering what this is? It is totally awesome, of course! NewsBytes are intended to be short videos highlighting the latest news, and provide tips and information about Microsoft certifications, our program, and exams that you may not know. We would love to use this format to answer your questions, too, so let us know what's on your mind!

Comments
  • Davin Mickelson
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    I just earned my MCSD in November so the recertification exam content should not be that much different. As soon as the recertification exam becomes available next month, I am going to take it immediately. I can do that - right? Since developers only have a two year window to recertify and no chance to recover if it becomes "Inactive", I consider my certification to ALWAYS be "about to expire."

    As well, since I will need to recertify again within two years of me passing this recertification exam, it becomes Microsoft's responsibility (problem?) to create "another" recertification exam for me within two years, since I can't take the same exam twice. I conclude that it's not my problem if they don't create another one soon enough. So long as my transcript remains "Active". Thank you for the update!

  • Drew
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    I have an MCSD for Windows Store Apps.  Recertificaiton by submitting an app to the store makes a lot more sense to me than taking another exam.  By developing an app with new features I can demonstrate hands knowledge of the subject matter.  This also saves a lot of time and money by not having to pay for the exam, study materials and the time it takes to drive to the exam center (an hour for me) and take off work.  Just provide some guidelines of what the app should do and someone can evaluate it for competency.

    Also, I think there should always be a way to recertify even if your certification becomes inactive.  That is, as long as it's a viable technology that Microsoft is offering.  You should give people at least a year (probably two)  *after* their certification expires the opportunity to recertify.

  • KevinM
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    @Drew - That has been argued backwards and forwards by myself and others, but Microsoft is basically taking the stance that "we're giving you two years to recertify, that's more than enough time".

    @Davin Mickelson - You bring up an interesting point.  If you recertify a year or so after originally earning the certification, will Microsoft provide yet another new recertification exam?  I would hope so, but considering that it's taken then nearly two years from the time of the original certification exams release to put together a recertification exam, I wouldn't count on another recertification exam with a different number being released within 3 years of the original certification exams.  If I were you I would draw it out as long as I could, and only start working on recertification when you've got 6-9 months left before expiration.  I would hate for you or anyone else to get stuck with an inactive cert because Microsoft didn't plan to release new recertification exams on a regular basis.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    Hi Davin,

    I love your enthusiasm! By the time you have to recertify again, we'll have another exam available or other recertification options. I really love Drew's idea. Who knows where we'll be in two years, but I have a feeling that we might doing some really cool stuff around recertification and certification in general.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    Hi Drew,

    I love this idea. I'll pass it on! Given that we are pilot testing this idea for MCSD: Windows App certification right now, this seems like a plausible idea!

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    Hi Drew,

    I love this idea. I'll pass it on! Given that we are pilot testing this idea for MCSD: Windows App certification right now, this seems like a plausible idea!

  • Davin Mickelson
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    Here's an interesting way to look at it. You may be able to stretch the two year MCSD requirement to three years.

    If Microsoft promises to give me twelve months to pass the new recertification exam when it first comes out in August, 2016, that means I have a bonus year to recertify, right? Well, that's assuming they wait that long to create another exam. I seem to recall a post by Larry concerning the time promised to testers for newly released recertification exams, even if my "Active" title is about to expire.

  • MEstrada
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    I've got a question that I'm compelled to ask since it's quite concerning and not clear enough to me how the recertification program will adapt to my particular case. I currently hold 7 MCSEs (Server Infrastructure, Data Platform, BI, SharePoint, Private Cloud , Communications and Messaging) If I only have 12 months to renew all of my certs that leaves me in the best case scenario with roughly a maximum of two months per cert in order to achieve them all in time and not going to inactive mode. Is there any suggestion or a way that this could become plausible or achievable within this timeframe? Thank you!

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    Hi MEstrada,

    The adjustments to your recertification deadlines are set individually for each MCSD or MCSE credential that you hold.  

    For example, let's say that you currently have the following recertification deadlines:

    - MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C# - Aug 31, 2014

    - MCSE: Server Infrastructure - Sept 30, 2015

    - MCSE: Private Cloud - Nov 30, 2016

    With the MCSD recert exams targeted for Sept 1, 2014 release and these MCSE recert exams targeted for Oct 1, 2014 release, your new deadlines will be:

    - MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C# - Oct 31, 2015 (14 months to fulfill)

    - MCSE: Server Infrastructure - Oct 31, 2015 (13 months to fulfill)

    - MCSE: Private Cloud - Nov 30, 2016 (unchanged - 25 months to fulfill)

    As a result, the chances that you will have to fulfill your recert requirements on multiple credentials within the same 12 month period are slim.

  • MEstrada
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    Thank you Liberty! that really clarifies it all for me and gives me quite a bit of relief since for what I understood I won't have to bust my #@$ off to get there in time. Very well explained, this certainly gives me time enough to achieve them all and yet comply with the deadlines. Bing it on! (pun intended :P)

  • Davin Mickelson
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    MEstrada - seven MCSEs and you are worried you'd have to bust your  #@$ off?? Sir - you already have - wow! Amazing feat!

    Liberty - in your first example for the MCSD: Windows Store Apps, I would hope that even though the tester would have until 10/31/2015 to pass the recertification exam, their MCSD title would still remain "Active" until that date - right? Even though the original "Inactive" date was 08/31/2014...

    Thank you in advance.

  • MEstrada
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    Thanks for the compliment Davin! I appreciate it :)

    Truth be told the last and previous years I've studied so hard and prepared myself to the limit of my abilities to reach that goal, which was extremely difficult because each MCSE encompassed several exams so I really had to blow my brain up to the edge,  luckily for me though I do have the chance to work in-depth with each one of these products and services on a daily basis, furthermore designing, deploying and maintaining enterprise scale solutions based on them really boost you up because you get to understand them better by applying that knowledge to real life scenarios, which continuously feedbacks itself.

    Now this previous experience leads me to another question, before getting my MCSEs I was MCITP but usually it wasn't required only one exam  for getting from point A to B, though some of them and at some extent and based on whether you comply with the prerequisites or not were easier to achieve by providing a shorter path, now I guess that has changed and it has been reduced to one single exam or may I expect a couple of them per specialization as well? I think it's an important question because from last year to the present the products have evolved considerably but not that significantly to require several exams, could someone please confirm?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    Hi Davin,

    Yes, the extension is for the active date.  The certification of that candidate would remain “active” until 10/31/15.