Microsoft Certified Professional

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Microsoft Certified Professional was a certification program from Microsoft.[1]

Overview and Historical Context for Microsoft's Approach to Professional Certification Offerings[edit]

Historically, The Microsoft Corporation offered a number of certifications relating to its product offerings. In the 1990s and well into the early 2000s these offerings were extensive and well received by the IT community. An extensive network of Microsoft Solution Provider organizations offered robust training and formal examinations were provided through other contract testing vendors.

Certifications were earned by passing exams aligned to a specific certification offering. Typically multiple examinations were required to obtain either a hardware centered certifications such as the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) or a more software orientated offering such as the MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer). The process of earning certification has changed multiple times since its initial inception.

Into the 2020s the Microsoft announced that it was retiring all existing Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) certifications, introducing new pathways, and changing the way individuals earn and maintain those Microsoft certifications. [2]

Under the new process, the number and selection of exams required to achieve a Microsoft certification varies.[3][unreliable source?]

These certifications were planned to be phased out effective June 30, 2020, in favor of "role-based" certifications focused primarily on Azure and Microsoft 365.[4] However, on March 26, 2020, Microsoft announced that the remaining exams associated with MCSA, MCSE and MCSD will retire on January 31, 2021.[5]

Historically, MCSE and MCSD credentials required the individual to recertify after a period of two to three years in order to keep the credential in the "Active section" of their transcript. Under the new system, the MCSE and MCSD credentials no longer have a recertification requirement, they remain on the "Active transcript" of the holder, once gained. Individuals instead can now re-earn a certification every year by passing an additional elective exam.[6]

These changes were driven by the increasing cadence of updates to Microsoft products and services. The industry has also moved away from the traditional Client - Server technology model to current software 'rental' models such as Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and related cloud based IT offerings.

More Recent Certification Offerings[edit]

The current list of Certifications are:[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Microsoft Learning: Become a Microsoft Certified professional". Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  2. ^ "MCSA, MCSD, MCSE certifications retire; with continued investment to role-based certifications". Retrieved 2023-03-30.
  3. ^ "Massive changes to Microsoft Certifications". Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  4. ^ Mary Jo Foley. "Microsoft is retiring its MCSA, MCSD and MCSE certifications in June 2020". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-03-01.
  5. ^ Matt Barclay. "Microsoft Announces Date of Sweeping Retirement of MCSA, MCSE, MCSD Certifications". Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  6. ^ "Top 12 Questions About the New Streamlined Certification Paths". Born to Learn. Archived from the original on 2017-10-26. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  7. ^ "Browse Certifications and Exams". Microsoft.