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Certification Lifecycle - Retired Exams and Exams Scheduled for Retirement RRS feed

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  • The lifespan of a certification varies, based on the certification track and certification technology. Some certifications will have a recertification path to allow you to continuously hold the certification until the certification has been deemed inactive. Find out what exams are being retired and what certifications will become legacy.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-lifecycle.aspx

    Some general information on why upgrade exams sometimes retire before individual exams:

    Upgrade exams are for intended for early adopters who hold the credential for a previous version of the same technology. Generally speaking, we keep them in market two or three years after the newer version is released and then retire them.


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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
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    Saturday, June 2, 2012 10:43 AM
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  • Hi Jeff,

    please tell me what is the use of taking an exam which is retiring in near future??? 

    Monday, June 18, 2012 12:35 PM
  • Hi Jeff,

    please tell me what is the use of taking an exam which is retiring in near future??? 

    Because the certification you gain never retires.  It will always be recognised as a valid certification.

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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Friday, July 27, 2012 12:25 AM
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  • Hi,

    Hey what is this certification lifecycle? About which retirement you are speaking?

    Thanks


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    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Tuesday, August 7, 2012 11:49 AM
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  • Hi, folks.

    It states here in the answer to question #2 of the FAQs that the new MCSD certifications require recertification every two (2) years while the new MCSE certifications require recertification every three (3) years.

    Suppose I earn my MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps before December 31st, 2012. Will I need to pass the same exams again if Microsoft doesn't release newer exams for .NET 5.0 or Windows 9 before December 2014?

    Do people holding these certifications need to recertify to maintain their certifications every two years as stated on the site? I understand that the 70-583 Azure exam requires recertification every two years. Look under "Exam Topics Covered."

    This is pure speculation but even if Microsoft releases .NET 5.0 and Windows 9 around Christmas, 2014, the exams would probably not be released until the summer of 2015. I feel Microsoft is swinging the axe too quickly without looking into the future.

    BTW - Microsoft has completely dropped the "Metro" moniker, in favor of the "Windows 8 Style UI" name. I suspect the developer exams and titles are about to get another facelift.

    On a bright note, I look forward to taking the 70-480 HTML5/CSS3 exam after August 20th. We web developers can only shake our heads and LOL at how little support is included in the IE 9 web browser with these (supported by all other web browsers) technologies. Hopefully, IE 10 will be released in August or September for Windows 7.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Thursday, August 9, 2012 2:25 AM
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  • Hi, folks.

    It states here in the answer to question #2 of the FAQs that the new MCSD certifications require recertification every two (2) years while the new MCSE certifications require recertification every three (3) years.

    Suppose I earn my MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps before December 31st, 2012. Will I need to pass the same exams again if Microsoft doesn't release newer exams for .NET 5.0 or Windows 9 before December 2014?

    Do people holding these certifications need to recertify to maintain their certifications every two years as stated on the site? I understand that the 70-583 Azure exam requires recertification every two years. Look under "Exam Topics Covered."

    This is pure speculation but even if Microsoft releases .NET 5.0 and Windows 9 around Christmas, 2014, the exams would probably not be released until the summer of 2015. I feel Microsoft is swinging the axe too quickly without looking into the future.

    BTW - Microsoft has completely dropped the "Metro" moniker, in favor of the "Windows 8 Style UI" name. I suspect the developer exams and titles are about to get another facelift.

    On a bright note, I look forward to taking the 70-480 HTML5/CSS3 exam after August 20th. We web developers can only shake our heads and LOL at how little support is included in the IE 9 web browser with these (supported by all other web browsers) technologies. Hopefully, IE 10 will be released in August or September for Windows 7.


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    From what I recall, recertification does not only mean “certifying to the next version”, it also means MS may release additional exams and/or an updated exam which you may be required to pass to keep your certification.

    The recertification process is designed to address issues such as SQL Server 2008/SQL Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008/Windows Server 2008 R2.  R2 introduced a number of changes (to both products) and certifications were updated to include these changes however those who passed the relevant certifications prior to the release of R2 still held the same certification which is clearly not right.


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    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, August 9, 2012 4:37 AM
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  • Hi,

    I'd like to add Mr warty comments though an old thread but may be help to others:

    Here's a scenario, MCSE in Win 2003 is retiring next year July 2013, some candidates still wanting this exam because most company still maintaining the systems. In addition, updates cert is easy to go updates in win 2008 since you need only 2 exam to update. Once you get updated on Win 2008

    one exam is required for Latest win server 2012. Hope this will help..


    danny


    • Edited by danzt Monday, August 20, 2012 8:06 PM
    Monday, August 20, 2012 8:03 PM