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  • Hello, all.

    Back in August 2016, I finished up my MCSD for Universal Windows Platform. At the time I took it, I would need to take another exam to keep it active two years from then. But, in September, they changed the MCSD to require annual recertification.

    I've been reading some articles online, and it looks like anyone with an MCSD in UWP automatically gets rolled into the MCSD App Builder certification. My questions are, given that I got my cert so close to the cutoff:

    1. Do I need to take a recert exam to keep my MCSD since I didn't take one in 2017 or will I get the App Builder cert in August automatically?

    2. Do I need to take recertification exams from 2019 onward?

    Thanks.

    Thursday, June 7, 2018 4:32 PM

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  • If it's still active I believe you are just fine, as it stated, current MCSE/MCSD title holders: "no need to recertify".

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    • Marked as answer by Celarix Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:03 PM
    Friday, June 8, 2018 3:20 PM

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  • Hi!

    Have a look at the link below to see if it helps:

    https://www.cbtnuggets.com/blog/2017/02/what-to-expect-from-the-new-microsoft-certification-paths/

    Best regards,
    Leon


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    Thursday, June 7, 2018 5:54 PM
  • Hi, Leon! Thanks for the answer.

    Unfortunately, I'm still a bit confused. The article reads "If you have already earned these soon-to-be-retired certifications, you will automatically earn the corresponding new MCSE or MCSD for 2017 without having to take any additional exams:" and "All individuals whose transcripts list these certifications as active on or after September 26, 2016, will retain active status. However, you’ll need to take a replacement exam from the new electives list:"

    My transcript only shows the MCSD I earned in 2016. Do I earn the MCSD: App Builder on my two-year anniversary automatically, or do I have to take exam(s) to keep my MCSD?

    Thanks.

    Friday, June 8, 2018 1:13 PM
  • All MCSE and MCSD certifications released prior to September 2016 will be retired on March 31, 2017. All active MCSE and MCSD certifications remain active on your transcript until retirement of the corresponding technologies, at which point the certifications are moved to the Legacy section of your transcript.

    Translation: If you have an active MCSD or MCSE certification that’s being retired, you can renew it via the old-school recertification tests until Microsoft declares its technology stack dead at some later date.

    Update, 13 December 2017: Note JJR’s comment on this article and the referenced TechNet blog post.
    It appears recertification is not necessary for certificates received after, or as part of, the September 2016 revamp. However, Microsoft will allow you to “re-earn” that certification by taking a different exam in the same sphere.

    Do you have an e-mail for the certificate you received where you could check the exact date?

    • Current MCSE/MCSD title holders: No need to recertify, as transcripts will show that title is "active" until March 31, 2017. After that date, MCSE/MCSD title will be shown to be "inactive" and title holders will need to recertify to the new title.
    • Inactive MCSE/MCSD title holders: Take a recertification exam to become active again under the current titles before December 31, 2016. Then on March 31, that certification will become inactive, and those titleholders will need to take the new exams for the new titles. (Inactive title holders can also opt to just take the new exams and achieve the new titles.)


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    Friday, June 8, 2018 2:29 PM
  • I got my MCSD on August 13, 2016. It still shows in the Active section of my transcript, even though it's well after 2017-03-31.

    EDIT: I just noticed that my MCSD is in Windows Store Apps using C#, which may not be the same as the MCSD: Universal Windows Platform certification.


    • Edited by Celarix Friday, June 8, 2018 2:58 PM
    Friday, June 8, 2018 2:54 PM
  • If it's still active I believe you are just fine, as it stated, current MCSE/MCSD title holders: "no need to recertify".

    Blog: https://thesystemcenterblog.com  LinkedIn:   

    • Marked as answer by Celarix Wednesday, September 19, 2018 2:03 PM
    Friday, June 8, 2018 3:20 PM
  • Excellent! So I should probably take a look at taking a refresher exam sometime in 2019, then.

    Thanks!

    Friday, June 8, 2018 3:26 PM