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MCSD: Universal Windows Platform certificate - still worth it?

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  • Some colleagues of mine are interested in this certificate Programming in C# https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/exam-70-483.aspx. But on this page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsd-universal-windows-platform-certification.aspx I read:

    "Note This certification will retire on March 31, 2017. When the certification retires, all individuals whose transcripts list this certification as active on or after September 26, 2016, will retain the active status."

    What does that mean? If my colleagues register today and plan the exam in June 2017, will they still be able to take the exam? Will it still be valid? What does an active status mean? Is it better to take this exam course? https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcsd-app-builder-certification.aspx - Is it comparable?

    * btw, the required categories on the question submission page make no sense, there is no MSDN option.


    Wednesday, February 1, 2017 3:46 PM

Answers

  • When a certification retires, it means that they stop offering it.  If the certification your colleagues want retires March 31, 2017 they will need to take it before that date to obtain it, unless Microsoft's policy for that has changed since last year.  Most of the time though, when Microsoft retires a certification they are coming out with something newer that replaces it to cover new material.  Retaining active status means that this particular certification will not expire.  Most lower tier certifications expire after about 2-3 years I believe and you should re-certify them after that, you can check details of that by looking at the certification pages toward the bottom.

    They are both fairly comparable to each other as App Builder is replacing Universal Windows Platform.  App Builder does however require that you have either Web Application or Universal Windows Platform certifications prior to being able to earn it.

    Thursday, February 2, 2017 12:53 PM