Certification Length RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have been going through school for a couple of semesters now and have been looking into getting my certifications for when I finally finish school.

    I am curious, however, how long the certifications are good for. I know that CISCO requires you to re-certify every few years, and I was wondering if Microsoft was the same way. If anyone knows I would greatly appreciate the help.

    Right now I am starting to build an excel spreadsheet with all the certifications that I need including cost, time they are valid for, and so on. Thank you for any help or assistance you can give me.

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 4:33 PM


  • Hi,

    The short answer is that "it depends." The new expert level certifications do require recertification after a number of years. The time interval may vary. The Associate level exams are typically targeted to a specific version of a product. They do not expire per se. Instead, when the technology is retired the related exams will no longer be available.

    Here is the main page for certificatons. It will help give you an idea about the process. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification-overview.aspx

    What technologies are you interested in?  If you give us some details we can help you more specific information. Microsoft has a tool called Learning Plans that help you plot a certification path.  Take a look: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/in/training/format-learning-plans.aspx

    Mike Corkery, MCT, MVP (Office Systems), MCSD (Windows Store Apps), MCITP, MCPD, MSF, etc. Please do not forget to click “Vote as Helpful” if any post helps you and "Mark as Answer”if it solves the issue.

    • Proposed as answer by Mr. Wharty Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Mr. Wharty Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:38 PM
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 5:32 PM