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Microsoft Bids Fond Farewell to Many Old Certs

Microsoft is zotzing old exams.


What’s interesting about these tables is the final column, where replacement exams (or certifications) are mentioned. I see a complete restructuring of the Microsoft certification program at work.


Why do I say that? Notice that each category of exams that has a replacement uses a new and different exam ID scheme: AZ for Azure and MD for Office, with numbers starting over and using 100 for intro, 200 for intermediate, and 300 for advanced level exams.


Notice also that we’re seeing references to several new certifications: Teamwork Administrator, Messaging Administrator, Dynamics 365, and Data and AI are all “coming soon.”


There’s still a lot more to learn about the details of the new certifications, but it’s pretty obvious that big changes are (and will be) afoot going into 2019.



ed-tittel120Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed also writes on certification topics for Business News Daily, and on Windows desktop OS topics for TechTarget and Win10.Guru. Check out his website at