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Feb 18 2016

Microsoft Pulls Certificates

One of the smart things to do to push your career in IT is to obtain a Microsoft certificate. You should however keep in mind that these 'report cards' aren't made for eternity – and that Redmond's training team may regroup, revise or retire courses and exams any moment, in line with company policies. This time around, the bell tolls for a number of Lync and Windows 8/8.1 certificates.

Needless to say, replacing old classes and exams with new ones is a standard procedure among IT vendors and wouldn't be worth mentioning under normal conditions. So what's the hassle about this time?

Well, typically you would expect that the people you're dealing with send an advance notice – or warning, if you will – some 6 to 12 months before a certificate gets pulled. And that's where Microsoft Learning seems to disagree in the current round: of the 34 certificates due to expire, only 11 will live until the end of September; 19 more will be scrapped at the end of July; and a total of 4 (all concerning the now-obsolete Lync) get the axe on March 30, i.e. in six weeks from now. For IT staffers who are usually trying to set up their year's schedule some months ahead of time, that could lead to major reshuffles, especially in light of the fact that they may fail in the first test and need a couple of weeks/months to prepare for the second try. At least, Microsoft Learning didn't apply this shot-from-the-hip tactics to recertification – the 4 MCSD classes and exams to be retired (for developing SharePoint Applications and Windows Store Apps and for Application Lifecycle Management) will run until September 30, 2016.

For more information, please see the "Exam Retirement Update" on Microsoft's Born to Learn blog and the Exam Retirement Page.

 
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