Retiring Microsoft Certifications - 7th August 2020

Microsoft is retiring certifications in Windows Server, SQL Server, App Builder, Web Applications and more on January 31, 2021

To support our clients to make the right choice on course/certification, we detail what and when Microsoft certifications and exams are retiring and what your recommended next steps should be during this transition.

Recently Earned/Currently studying MCSA

Microsoft have confirmed, “If you have passed a qualifying exam, it will still count towards competency attainment for 12 months after the exam is retired.”

If you are pursuing a qualifying exam, “you can continue earning the MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications as long as the required exams are still available. As we retire the exams that are part of those certification paths, you will no longer be able to earn those certifications. If you are unable to complete the required exams before they are retired (31/01/2021), please visit Competencies and select the competency of interest to review the latest requirements.”

What specific certifications are scheduled to be retired on January 31, 2021?

What specific exams are scheduled to be retired on January 31, 2021?


Although the exams are set to retire in January 2021 all of the courses will still be available. This means that you can continue to gain all of the skills within SQL Server, Windows Server, Developing but you will no longer be able to gain certification.

How to transition to Microsoft role-based certifications

Why is Microsoft retiring the MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certifications?

Microsoft are focused on ensuring your skills are as current and relevant as possible.

Microsoft’s statement, “In order to keep the Microsoft Certified Professional program current, Microsoft Learning continually reviews our current and planned certifications to ensure that our certifications reflect the latest Microsoft technologies as well as those technologies that Microsoft Certified Professionals use every day.

We are making a significant shift in investment on our certification program to focus on job roles to better-align with industry and hiring trends, allowing users to keep pace with changes in technology and business needs. Our role-based certifications will clearly state that you are Microsoft certified in a job role and show the type (i.e. fundamentals, role-based, or specialty) and level (i.e., associate or expert) at which the certification sits in our framework.”

Read Microsoft's official statement. 

Download certification roadmap 



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