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I wanted to confirm that Microsoft certifications do *not* need renewed (like Cisco, every three years, etc)...? RRS feed

  • Question

  • A Microsoft certification of mine (MCTS) is nearing the 3-year anniversary, and I just have that obligated feeling (like I do with Cisco) to renew that certification for three more years, by either re-taking the exam(s), or taking newer/updated exams, etc.

    Please confirm: that Microsoft certifications (such as the MCTS, MCITP, and MCSA) do *not* require renewal. And please provide a supporting link if possible. (I do know that the new MCSE requires renewals, but I'm specifically concerned about the MCTS).

    -Thank you.
    Friday, January 24, 2014 9:44 PM

Answers

  • Hi, Digital guy 001.

    You have nothing to worry about. The recertification policy is new with Microsoft. It only applies to the newest MCSD and MCSE certification titles. MCSEs need to recertify every three (3) years while MCSDs must recertify every two (2) years.

    As you requested, here is a link stating Microsoft's new recertification policy.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/certification-exam-policies.aspx#dl-ID0EAAAAAAAAABA

    The new titles that require recertification have an Inactive Date specified on MCP transcripts. If you check yours, you will not have any.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:38 AM
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  • In general only the newest Microsoft certifications require renewal.  That's because most of the older ones are tied to a specific version of the product.  For example, you might be an MCSA on Server 2000 or Server 2012.  Since the certifications are versions specific there has never been a need to renew them.  The new certifications are however not version specific and those will need to be renewed every 2 to 3 years.

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    Friday, January 24, 2014 10:14 PM
  • Hi, Digital guy 001.

    You have nothing to worry about. The recertification policy is new with Microsoft. It only applies to the newest MCSD and MCSE certification titles. MCSEs need to recertify every three (3) years while MCSDs must recertify every two (2) years.

    As you requested, here is a link stating Microsoft's new recertification policy.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/certification-exam-policies.aspx#dl-ID0EAAAAAAAAABA

    The new titles that require recertification have an Inactive Date specified on MCP transcripts. If you check yours, you will not have any.

    Good luck!


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:38 AM
    Answerer