To better align with how technology professionals deploy Lync, Exchange, and SharePoint, the Microsoft certification team has made an exciting update to the Communication, Messaging, and SharePoint MCSE certifications.
You can now satisfy the prerequisites for pursuing these three MCSE certifications by having either MCSA: Office 365 or MCSA: Windows Server 2012. Having these options allows you to choose the path that best meets your career path or organization’s needs. Taking the MCSA: Office 365 path to your MCSE is a great choice if your organization is considering, or has deployed, cloud-based solutions. For those who focus on deploying on-premise, MCSA: Windows Server 2012 is still the path for you.
Be sure to visit the MCSE pages for more information, including training options.
MCSE: Communications (Lync) https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-communication-certification.aspx
MCSE: Messaging (Exchange) https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-messaging-certification.aspx
MCSE: SharePoint https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcse-sharepoint-certification.aspx
I'm confused, the MCSE SharePoint page still shows the info for the MCSA Server 2012 option and does not show anything about the MSCA O365 option. Are you saying that we can do the 0365 option instead of the Server 2012 option?
Hi @DL, yes you can now do the 0365 option instead of the Server 2012 option. The web pages will be updated soon to show this. Thanks!
That is great news and long overdue.
Bit in two minds about this.
While I think this is not a bad outcome, I think we may see a lot of people seeking this for the purposes of a certification as taking the Office 365 line, simply because it is one less exam.
Also, I am concerned that with the requirements around PowerShell and Microsoft core infrastructure components like Active Directory, DNS etc, that potentially those opting for the Office 365 MCSA to MCSE Messaging would miss those skills as a real world engineer/architect.
Unless of course we are going to see the re-introduction of a certification above the MCSE that can help further validate those skills.
It would have been nice perhaps to instead of have the MCSA Office 365 be a pre-req to MCSE Messaging for example, but rather allow the MCSE Messaging exams to then make a straight MCSE-Office 365, Messaging (and likewise for SharePoint and Lync)
This would have given the industry an MCSE level Office 365 certification, while ensuring that dedicated MCSE Messaging, Communicaton certs still required study and knowledge around the Windows Server 2012 foundation.
i.e MCSA Office 365 + 70-341 and 70-342 (or similar versions) to create an MCSE -Office 365, Messaging... or even two exams just to create a generic MCSE-Office 365 to cover SharePoint, Lync and Exchange.
Not a bad move, just not quite there I think.
Great news Holly sounds really good!
Do you know if there are any plans for there to be a study group on born to learn for the Office 365 MCSA anytime soon. I find the Server 2012 study group extremely helpful and would be great to see a similar one for the Office 365 track!
@Paul_GP - Glad you've found the online study groups helpful. We'll set one up for MCSA O365 next week.
Brilliant! Will look forward to it. Thanks for confirming..
Links are down, but I'm guessing that this due to them being updated?
Links are still down, please fix it ASAP. Ben
The other thing to consider regarding whether an MCSE: Office 365 certification will be viable is that the MCSE certifications for Exchange, Lync and SharePoint all incorporate Exchange, Lync and SharePoint Online deployments, respectively.
Certainly, any job role that would require the skills expected of an MCSE: Office 365-certified person (if it existed) would also require someone on an MCSE: Exchange, Lync or SharePoint level. Having an MCSE: Office 365 certification would result in unnecessary duplication and confusion of the Messaging and Collaboration certs, in my opinion.
Microsoft Learning, you've done well with this change and have made my choices a little bit easier. Thank you. :-)
With the split MCSA possibility it is almost like there ought to be MCSE Messaging Online and MCSE Messaging On Premise, etc.?
Hi @Steven and @Ben, not sure why the links aren't working for you. May be a cache issue. The pages are live and functioning. Possibly try to get there by going to the home page at www.microsoft.com/learning. Thanks!
links are down, like for 4 days already!
Holly, all learning microsoft links are randomly down for many people, yesterday they were working, today they are not. This has happened for months according to this question here:
And its not a browser problem:
the links were working yesterday night, today they show
We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found.
Is this for the Exam 346 "Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements" ?
What books do you recommend to prepare for this