As Microsoft continues to change it’s educational programs — the highly respected MCSA MSCD & MSCE certification programs will be retired by mid-2020 in favor of the newer professional designations.  These changes have occurred due to the popularity of cloud based computing & demand for professional talents. 

All 3 existing designations will continue to be highly valued by prospective employers — especially companies that host their own IT infrastructure & need these knowledge workers.  However, as IT roles & responsibility change in the industry — professional training programs will adapt accordingly.

Microsoft’s focus on role-based training and certifications can help you develop necessary skills and experience to advance in an accelerated and increasingly competitive cloud-based world. Role-based training and certifications are kept current with new features and services that Microsoft is constantly adding to the cloud solution areas, minimizing skill gaps associated with the applicable job roles.

Since we announced our focus on role-based training and certifications in September 2018, we’ve added a total of 34 certifications to our portfolio across Azure, Modern Workplace, and Business Applications. As we continue to expand on role-based learning offerings, all remaining exams associated with Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) will retire on June 30, 2020.