Exam Retirement Update: What's retiring in September 2016?

Liberty Munson (Microsoft)

18-Feb Note:  For additional context on the announced exam retirements, see Larry Kaye's post here:

 

borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../additional-details-on-upcoming-exam-retirements

 

As technology changes, we add new exams and revise or retire older exams. Our goal is to provide at least 6 months notice prior to retirement to give you an opportunity to finish earning your certification. Note that both the exams and their planned retirement date are subject to change, and we encourage you to check the exam retirement page regularly for the latest information.

Keep in mind that even if an exam that is part of a certification you earned is retired, your certification is still valid. When an exam you passed is retired, the exam record remains on your transcript. If you’re working toward a certification that includes one of the exams listed for retirement, please be sure to take the exam prior to the retirement date. Allow time for a retake if necessary.

Here are the highlights and important updates/changes from what was previously announced:

481: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript

482: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#

485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions: Retirement Date Changed to 3/31/17

489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions: Retirement Date Changed to 3/31/17

490: Recertification for MCSD: Windows® Store Apps using HTML5

491: Recertification for MCSD: Windows Store Apps using C#

492: Upgrade Your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications Examination

499: Recertification for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications

 

Want more details on retiring exams? Check the exam retirement page.

If you have any questions about exam retirement, please contact your regional service center.

 

Comments
  • Thaek
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    So basically you are killing off half of the MCSD certifications?

    Will die:

    MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 (481, 482, 490)

    MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# (484, 485, 491)

    MCSD: SharePoint Applications (488, 489, 517)

    Will survive: (For now)

    MCSD: Web Applications

    MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management

    MCSD: Universal Windows Platform

    Why don't you just write that in plain English. MSL... always trying to obscure and half a** things.

    So what happens to those that already earned the certification once the 2 years are over and it would be re-certification time? (which you wont be able to do) Will it remain active? Will it become inactive?

  • Thaek
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    I oversaw that 499: Recertification for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management is retiring as well, does this mean that MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management will die as well and only two MCSD survive? Questions over Questions.

  • Nanda
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    I cant see the below SharePoint certifications in retired-certification-exams page. Is that updated wrongly ?

    488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions

    489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

  • Thaek
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    @Nanda kumar: They are listed under "Visual Studio and .Net", even though the Recertification exam is listed under "SharePoint"

  • Larry Kaye
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    Hi, All:

    I just added a blog post to provide context to the announced exam retirements.  You can find it here:

    borntolearn.mslearn.net/.../additional-details-on-upcoming-exam-retirements

    Larry

  • Rodrigo Pinto
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    Hi , the exam retirement page doesn't reflect

    488: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions

    489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

    mentioned here.

    Also i found quite confusing the information stated here:MCSD for SharePoint is still active and no new certification path for Office365 Developers?

    Can anyone give us some lights on this?

    Best regards

  • Larry Kaye
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    @Rodrigo

    Microsoft has made the decision to extend the retirement dates for SharePoint Developer Exams 488 and 489 to 31-March, 2017.

    In the meantime, we are looking into the exams and training that make sense for O365 and SharePoint 2016 developers.  Stay tuned for more information.

    Larry