Exam Retirement Update for October 2017

Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

In order to keep the Microsoft Certified Professional program current, Microsoft Learning continually monitors trends and then revises exams and certification requirements to keep pace with technology changes. Our goal is to provide you with several months’ notice of upcoming exam retirements. We review our certification program plan, the psychometric performance, and our upcoming exam list every quarter and make decisions about what to retire and when so that we can ensure people have the most up to date certifications reflecting the latest in Microsoft technologies while at the same time ensuring that MCPs can be certified on the technologies they use every day.

 Retirements planned for September 30, 2017:

Exam Retiring

Replacement Exam (if identified)

354: Universal Windows Platform - Application Architecture and UX/UI


355: Universal Windows Platform - App Data, Services, and Coding Patters


Retiring 11/15/17

Exam Retiring

Replacement Exam (if identified)

74-678: Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations

(NOTE: Previously scheduled for retirement on 12/31/17 and now on 11/15/17)

705 (in development;
planned availability is
late October/November)


Retirements planned for December 31, 2017

Exam Retiring

Replacement Exam (if identified)

246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012


247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud


534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (This exam is being replaced by 535, which will cover similar content, but the exam content domain is changing significantly enough that we want a clear differentiator for candidates who are preparing for this exam. The exam title is not changing. Keep your eye on Born to Learn for more details.)

535 – targeted to be available late November/early

74-344: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013


MB2-709: Microsoft Dynamics Marketing


MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration


MB6-890: Microsoft Dynamics AX Development Introduction


MB6-892: Microsoft Dynamics AX Distribution and Trade


MB6-893: Microsoft Dynamics AX Financials



Retirements planned for January 31, 2018:

Exam Retiring

Replacement Exam (if identified)

696: Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune

703 (planned)


Retirements planned for July 31, 2018:

Exam Retiring

Replacement Exam (if identified)

398: Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise


488: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions


489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions


496: Administering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server


497: Software Testing with Visual Studio


498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management


680: Windows 7, Configuring


685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician


686: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Administrator


74-343: Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013


74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center


  • Manh Vo
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    Hi Liberty,

    Do you plan to have some beta codes for 535?

  • Kasun Raditha Rajapakse
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    Any reference for the cert content domain ?

  • Andreas Schnitzerling
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    I bought the Azure triple pack (valid until end of this year) to get certified for 532,533 and 534. To make 534 seems to be worthless to me if it will be replaced by 535. Can I use my voucher for 535 instead? Do you reflect this change to the Azure cert-recommendations for 2018? 534 is the most mentioned cert there.

  • Shaneel Bechoo
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    Hi there, I have been hearing from colleagues that the 70-461 exam (SQL 2014 MCSE Track)  will be expiring soon.

    However I cannot find any article to confirm this.

    Can you please advise.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    To clarify the 534 to 535 information above. 535 is NOT a new exam. It's simply a replacement for 534. 535 has the same name and will accrue to the same certifications that 534 does. In addition, if you have passed 534, you will continue to hold any associated certifications that you have earned, and it will continue to count toward the same certifications as 535 will. Anything that applied to 534 will also apply to 535.

    We decided to change the exam number to make the transition from the old objective to the new one better for candidates who were preparing for the exam. Rather than an abrupt change, which would have been the experience had we left the exam number the same, we are giving candidates the option to take 534 by the end of the year if they have already been preparing for it. If you are just starting your preparation, though, you should focus on the 535 objective domain.

    To learn more about the differences between these exams and why we decided to replace 534 with 535, go here:


    Remember that this is not a new exam. It's a replacement; essentially the same content area but a more refined focus on what we now think the architecting role should cover.

  • Liberty Munson (Microsoft)
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    @Andreas: no plans to retire 461.

    @Kasun: I don't understand your question

  • Momcilo
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    Hi Liberty,

    What is about 70-743 when it retirement?

    Best regards.