Microsoft replaces MCSA, MCSD and MCSE with role-based certifications

Microsoft announced on Feb. 27 that its role-based certificates will replace existing Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certificates on June 30, 2020.

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certifications are not affected.

Those who are currently working towards one of the leaving certificates now have a deadline to complete them before they’re gone. Microsoft states that the retiring certifications will remain on the Microsoft transcript for two years after June 30, 2020.


The restructuring of the exams is also changing the way Microsoft partners acquire their competencies. Passing an exam before retirement would still count towards the Microsoft partner competency requirement for 12 months. New exams and certification manuals will be available in the Partner Center section in March 2020.

Microsoft proposes role-based certification for IT professionals to improve their skills.

Microsoft presented its role-based certifications at its 2018 Ignite conference. Instead of isolated technology certifications, role-based certifications consolidate the required training into job-specific programs. The programs are divided into fundamental, associate, and expert tier certifications.

For a complete list of retiring examinations and certificates, visit Microsoft’s website.

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