Microsoft extends retention of key certifications by January 2021, seven months

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Microsoft extends retention of key certifications by January 2021, seven months

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Microsoft’s decision to make June 30, 2020, the retirement date of some of its largest certifications, did not work well for some of the certified professional community members. On March 26, some who were unhappy with the original retirement date got their wish: an extension.

Microsoft is extending the previously announced retirement date for Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Certified Solutions Architect (MCSA) by seven months, through January 31, 2020. impact. of the coronavirus COVID-19 as a reason for the extension of the certification.

As noted in the extension blog post, Microsoft is also working with Pearson VUE, its exam delivery partner to provide online screening, rescheduling and waiver of cancellation fees at due to virus process interruptions.

As announced earlier, Microsoft is removing three of its most popular professional certification categories as part of a “paper-based training” movement. Microsoft advises those who are already working on these certifications to work to pass the required exams before the retirement date, as those certifications will no longer be awarded after the new January 31, 2021 date. pass a qualifying exam before you retire. Retirement will still be able to count toward a partner proficiency requirement for 12 months after the exam is withdrawn, officials said earlier

Those who already have MCSA, MCSD or MCSE certifications will be able to submit them up to two years after the deadline; after that point, they will be marked as “inactive”.