Update on Exam Retirements (November 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.

If a replacement exam is or will be available, it is listed here. Any changes from last month's post are in italics.

Retire December 31, 2017 
70-246: Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud 
70-247: Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud
70-534: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (replacement exam: 535)
74-344: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013
74-678: Designing and Providing Microsoft Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations (replacement exam: 70-705)
MB2-709: Microsoft Dynamics Marketing
MB6-705: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 CU8 Installation and Configuration (replacement exam: MB6-894)
MB6-890: Microsoft Dynamics AX Development Introduction (replacement exam: MB6-894
MB6-892: Microsoft Dynamics AX Distribution and Trade (replacement exam: MB6-896)
MB6-893: Microsoft Dynamics AX Financials (replacement exam: MB6-895)

Retire March 31, 2018 

70-696: Administering System Center Configuration Manager and Intune (replacement exam: 70-703)

Retire July 31, 2018 
70-398: Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise 
70-488: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions 
70-489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions 
70-496: Administering Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 
70-497: Software Testing with Visual Studio Retire
70-498: Delivering Continuous Value with Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management
70-680: Windows 7, Configuring 
70-685: Windows 7, Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 
70-686: 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

  • Pierrick Courilleau
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    Hello I would like to know where i could obtain information about the exam 70-703 that will replace 70-696.  Also which exam will replace exam 70-696 ? Kind regard Pierrick

  • Moreno Benedetti
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    Hi all, I want to obtain a Certification for the scope Intune. To date, which is the correct certification exam? Thanks Moreno

  • Vicky Rodgers
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    Hi Liberty!

    Do you have any update concerning 70-480, 70-483, 70-486 and 70-484 (essentially the entire web applications track)? Moreover, does Microsoft plan to introduce a CRM/Customer Engagement counterpart to MB6-894 (the D365 for Operations developer exam)?

  • Mehdi HAMMADI (Regioanal Lead - Algeria)

    Hi Liberty,

    Is Microsoft replacing the "74-344: Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013" with any other exam and is it the 70-348 ?



  • venu jasti
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    Hi Liberty,

    I was planning to take MB6-890 : Microsoft Dynamics AX Development Introduction and came across that the exam is retiring on December 31,2017.

    Is there an extension on retiring date or is it final?



  • Paul O'Flaherty
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    Is there a list anywhere of *all* retired exams and their retirement dates? I'm updating my LinkedIn profile and in addition to my current certs, would also like to include my (very) old certs as I'd like to demonstrate how far my experience goes back. I want to include the retirement dates of these exams but can't seem to find them.

    Specifically, I'd like to know the retirement dates for 069, 052, 051, 039 (these are old Excel and Access related exams).

  • Daniel Giversen
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    Hi Liberty

    1) As a service for you and your certification development colleagues, I've opened the following thread with Suggestions on Certifications and Exams:


    Hopefully the borntolearn-community will provide inputs to you about, what we experience are nescessary or benficiary certifications - and which need updates to newest MS Software Editions.

    I know you have to balance student wishes, business world demands, certification competition and internal MS strategies - as well as the capacity to prepare new and updated exams. Placing student wishes in one place hopefully easens that task.

    2) Is there any news om Exam 358: Developing Cloud Services (planned for beta in September 2016) or has it been entirely scrapped?


  • Daniel Giversen
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    @Paul O'Flaherty:

    This is the public list:


    Unfortunately the oldest are retirements from 2008, and 039, 051, 052 & 069 are not included, meaning they were probably retired pre-2008.

  • Eugen Berend
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    When will be the 70-703 exam released?

    Personally, I'm looking forward to it because I'm a big SCCM fan since 2011, explore every technical preview release and newest features.

  • Lisa Weber