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If you *just* earned your MCTS certification, will it remain "active" after the MCTS title retires this year (on January 31, 2014)? RRS feed

  • Question

  • ...Or will your transcript show your certification as "retired, "legacy", or "expired", etc?

    (I'm particularly concerned about "MCTS: Windows Server 2008 - Active Directory Configuration").

    My understanding is: the MCTS "title retirement" just means newcomers will need to pursue the MCSA (or MCSE) after January, but existing MCTS certifications will remain *active* until the product's "end of mainstream support" date (January 13, 2015 for the Windows Server 2008 product line)...

    Is my understanding correct? -The above MCTS will officially retire (on our transcripts) on: January 13, 2015?

    -Thank you.

    Monday, January 13, 2014 7:52 PM

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  • Hi, Digital guy 001.

    Your MCTS certification title will never retire. Instead, it may be marked as "Legacy" on your transcript but that will be several years from now (2023? guessing...)

    When an exam retires, it will no longer be available to be passed at the testing center. As well, even if a title is no longer available, you keep it on your transcript for many years to come, until it is eventually marked "Legacy".

    Yes - you are correct in that title retirement means that people cannot earn that title any more - usually because the exams have retired, but not always. For example, exam 70-640 is not scheduled for retirement at all, but the related MCITP titles are retired and the MCTS title will retire at the end of the month. On February 1st, 2014, the 70-640 exam will only be helpful for those wanting to earn the title: MCSA: Windows 2008.

    The word "Expired" applies to your opportunity to earn a certification title based on a date.

    The word "Inactive" is only applied to MCSD and MCSE certifications titles that have passed their recertification dates. MCSEs must recertify every three (3) years while MCSDs must recertify every two (2) years. If you haven't recertified, the term "Inactive" will appear next to the title on your transcript.

    Please keep the terms separated in your head: 
    Retired Exam (no longer available)
    Retired Title (no longer achievable)
    "Legacy" transcript certification title (really old)
    "Inactive" transcript certification title (requiring recertification).

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, January 13, 2014 8:11 PM
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  • Hi, Digital guy 001.

    Your MCTS certification title will never retire. Instead, it may be marked as "Legacy" on your transcript but that will be several years from now (2023? guessing...)

    When an exam retires, it will no longer be available to be passed at the testing center. As well, even if a title is no longer available, you keep it on your transcript for many years to come, until it is eventually marked "Legacy".

    Yes - you are correct in that title retirement means that people cannot earn that title any more - usually because the exams have retired, but not always. For example, exam 70-640 is not scheduled for retirement at all, but the related MCITP titles are retired and the MCTS title will retire at the end of the month. On February 1st, 2014, the 70-640 exam will only be helpful for those wanting to earn the title: MCSA: Windows 2008.

    The word "Expired" applies to your opportunity to earn a certification title based on a date.

    The word "Inactive" is only applied to MCSD and MCSE certifications titles that have passed their recertification dates. MCSEs must recertify every three (3) years while MCSDs must recertify every two (2) years. If you haven't recertified, the term "Inactive" will appear next to the title on your transcript.

    Please keep the terms separated in your head: 
    Retired Exam (no longer available)
    Retired Title (no longer achievable)
    "Legacy" transcript certification title (really old)
    "Inactive" transcript certification title (requiring recertification).

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Monday, January 13, 2014 8:11 PM
    Answerer
  • Excellent. Thanks so much, Davin. I really appreciate your help!! :)

    Monday, January 13, 2014 9:44 PM