Inactive Certification RRS feed

  • Question

  • Greetings!

    I have an inactive certification MCSE: Private Cloud. But when I look at it in the MCP Certification Planner - I don't see any options to reactivate it.

    I didn't re-certify it in time... How can I get it back now?


    Monday, May 16, 2016 6:00 AM


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  • That's all I see:

    The Certification is Inactive as of Nov 16, 2015.The recertification requirements necessary to maintain an active status for this certification were not met.

    All requirements are met and there is no re-certification exam available.

    Monday, May 16, 2016 7:36 AM
  • You should be able to recertify by taking exam 981:https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-981.aspx

    My understanding is that the recertification exam is still valid even if your original certification became Inactive, but I don't recall where exactly I got this information. Maybe someone else can quote an official source on this topic.

    Monday, May 16, 2016 12:51 PM
  • Thank you! I'll try that out and update this topic.

    Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:40 AM
  • Kirill - did you ever sit 70-981?  I too have been trying to get to the bottom of this and haven't had any real solid information.

    According to this - https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/certification-update-recertification-exams - once you're inactive that's it...you're out.  Unless you can find another "path" to the same certification. Seeing as you're not allowed to resit exams that have already been passed - and 70-246 and 247 haven't changed numbers...I'm stuck in this black hole I'm trying to get out of.

    For me - I did my MCSE Private Cloud when it first came out and I had my MCSA 2008.  My cert then went inactive (my fault for not keeping an eye on it, but apparently I'm suppose to be sent email reminders also - which I don't recall ever getting).  After it went inactive, I did my MCSA 2008 to MCSA 2012 upgrade exam.  According to the certification page...this is technically a "new path" because the MCSA 2012 also counts towards the MCSE Private Cloud.  But...alas, it didn't reactivate for me.

    I see there is now an MCSE Cloud Platform Infrastructure. My colleague (who's MCSE Private Cloud expires in Jan 2017) automatically got upgraded to that new cert.  So here I am looking at the certification planner pondering how I can get this new cert, and I appear to be stuck in limbo in Microsoft's certification algorithm.  Because even now...with the MCSA 2012 and having passed 70-246 - from what I can tell, I meet the requirements.

    The only thing I can think of doing is maybe sitting exam 70-981, but it'll be a waste of my time if I sit it and nothing happens apart from my transcript getting a few lines longer.



    Tuesday, September 27, 2016 11:07 AM
  • Ok I just thought I would post this up... I emailed the Australian Microsoft Regional Education Center (which is the one that looks after me), and I have had confirmation by them of the following.

    Yes, you can just take exam 70-981 (Recertification for MCSE: Private Cloud). However, since the certification went to an inactive status your achievement status will change to the date on when you will pass the exam 70-981.  For example, your certification became inactive since 10/25/2015 and you passed the exam on 10/03/2016. Your achievement date will change to 10/03/2016.

    Hopefully that clears it up for anybody else that stumbles across this thread.

    As for the MCSE Cloud Platform and Infrastructure - this certification only came out on Sep 26th.  All transcripts are still being updated - so it's highly likely mine hasn't been updated yet.  They have escalated the issue for me because I do infact meet the requirements. 


    Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:48 AM