Friday, 2 May 2014

Microsoft retires more exams: does it affect you?


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Microsoft has finished the planning of its exam retirement schedule for the next 12 months.  As part of this process, the company plans to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certs by the end of 2014.

How will this impact on you?

There’s no need to worry, if you see an exam related to the certification you have being retired. Your cert will still be valid and your exam record still remains on your transcript.
However, if you are intending to get a certification that includes one of the exams on the list, you must make sure that you pass the exam before the retirement date. It’s wise to allow time for a potential retake as well.

Microsoft continuously updates its exam retirement site, which is useful to check frequently because dates and exams are subject to change.

These exams are being retired by the following dates

Dynamics
  • MB7-838 NAV 2009 Installation & Configuration 6/30/2014
  • MB7-839 NAV 2009 Core Setup and Finance 6/30/2014
  • MB7-840 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Introduction 6/30/2014
  • MB7-841 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Solution Development 6/30/2014
  • MB7-842 NAV 2009 Trade & Inventory 6/30/2014
  • MB7-843 NAV 2009 Warehouse Management 6/30/2014
  • MB7-846 NAV 2009 Relationship Management 6/30/2014
  • MB7-848 NAV 2009 Service Management 6/30/2014
  • MB7-849 NAV 2009 Manufacturing 6/30/2014
  • MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (Danish) 6/30/2014
  • MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (German) 6/30/2014
  • MB5-845 POS 2009 12/31/2014
  • MB5-537 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Store Operations 12/31/2014
  • MB5-538 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Headquarters 12/31/2014

Visual Studio
  • 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development 7/31/2014
  • 70-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration 7/31/2014
  • 70-521: Upgrade: Transition your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Dev Skills to MCPD .NET 4.0 Windows App Dev 7/31/2014
  • 70-523: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Web Dev Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web Dev 7/31/2014
  • 98-362: Windows Development Fundamentals 7/31/2014
  • 98-373: Mobile Development Fundamentals 7/31/2014


Volume Licensing
  • 70-671: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Orgs 1/31/2015
  • 70-672: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations 1/31/2015

Windows
  • 70-682: Pro: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7/31/2014
  • 70-684: OEM Reseller 7/31/2014

Windows Azure
  • 70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications 7/31/2014

Windows Embedded
  • 70-582: TS: Windows Embedded Standard 7 for Developers 7/31/2014

Windows Phone
  • 70-599: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications 9/30/2014
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Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.