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  1. Becoming a Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert—The Final Steps
    And now for the rest of the story . . . (how many of you know that pop culture reference?*) on how you, too, can become a Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert. The Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certifica...(read more)
  2. Complete your MVA courses before they retire on January 31, 2019
    To simplify your tech training journey, we are consolidating our learning resources and retiring Microsoft Virtual Academy in phases, beginning on January 31, 2019. Complete site retirement is scheduled for later in 2019. Check your MVA Dashboard fre...(read more)
  3. MCT Monthly Newsletter – December 2018

    Required MCT Competencies for New Role-based Courses

    As a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), to teach any course within the new role-based paths, you must possess the corresponding certification. For example, to teach any Azure Administrator course, you must hold an Azure Administrator certification. We are instituting a grace period before you are required to get certified to meet the competency requirements. The grace period is 90 days from the launch of the certifications. For Azure Administrator only, the grace period ends December 31, 2018. For more information on MCT competencies, visit MCT Central.

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

     

    Program Announcements

    Act Now: Free Azure Administrator Practice Tests for MCTs

    To help you prepare for the new role-based Microsoft Azure certifications, MCTs can now receive a 100% discount on new Azure Administrator Practice Exams by MeasureUp, available through Pearson VUE. This limited-time offer is available only while supplies last. Not an Azure Administrator? No worries—MCTs can get a 40% discount on non-Azure Administrator Practice Tests. For more information, check out MCT Central.

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

    MCT Support Is Here to Help

    If you need assistance with your MCT application, payment, or benefits, or if you have a general question about the MCT program, contact the support team through our MCT Support Forum.

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

     

    Certifications and Exams

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we focused on releasing beta exams for new certifications. We are also in the process of developing new practice tests, which are typically finalized after exams go live.

    New Beta Exams
    Discount codes are available, while supplies last, for exams taken by the specified date.
     

    For the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification, we released these beta exams on November 5, 2018. They must be taken before December 17, 2018:

    MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services
    MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security

    For the Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate ccertification, we released these beta exams on December 3, 2018. They must be taken before January 16, 2019:  

    MD-100: Windows 10
    MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

    The Next Wave of Role-based Certifications

    Surf’s up! Check out the Microsoft Learning Blog for all the details on the next wave of role-based certifications releasing through the end of January 2019:

    Watch the blog in the coming weeks for these announcements:

    • Details on the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert
    • New Data and AI certifications
    • New Certifications for Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Certifications for Functional Consultant Associate

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

    For MCTs Only: 100% Discount Codes for Beta Exams

    We are excited to offer discount codes for 100% off all new role-based exams, while supplies last, as they are released in beta. Discounts are currently active for these exams:

    These codes are meant for MCTs who are specialists in the new exams, so if you’re just getting started with the topic area, please wait for the 75% MCT exam discount (after the exams come out of beta). For a link to the new MCT beta exam codes and their associated start and end dates, look in the blue Resources section on MCT Central.

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

    Get Another Chance at Success with Exam Replay

    Certification can boost careers and help your students get raises and promotions. Exam Replay gives students peace of mind as they prepare for certification exams. Whether it’s an exam retake on its own or an exam retake combined with a practice test, your students can choose what they need to succeed. Share the good news with your followers. See offer details.
     

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

     

    Microsoft Press/Books

    Harness the Power of Data with New Microsoft Press Books and E-Books

    Throughout December 2018, save 40% on new releases in the Microsoft Press Business Skills series, including Microsoft Excel 2019 Pivot Table Data Crunching, Microsoft Excel 2019 VBA and Macros, and Collect, Combine, and Transform Data Using Power Query in Excel and Power BI, among others. To apply savings, at checkout, use discount code BIZSKILLS. The Microsoft Press Store offers free US shipping every day. Choose an e-book in one of three formats (PDF, EPUB, or MOBI) to use on your preferred device. Offer ends December 31, 2018.
     

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

     

    Training (Courseware, Courses, Clinics)

    New Fundamentals Courses and Exams

    Microsoft will soon release the following role-based instructor-led training (ILT) Microsoft Official Courses aligned to new Azure Fundamentals and Microsoft 365 Fundamentals exams:

    • AZ-900T01: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals (one day)
    Releasing December 21, 2018, aligned to exam AZ-900

    • MS-900T01: Microsoft 365 Fundamentals (one day)
    Releasing January 15, 2019, aligned to exam MS-900

    Get additional details on these new courses.

    Read the full article »
    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

    Back by Popular Demand: Microsoft Dynamics ILT Courses

    Partners and customers asked, and we listened! From January through March 2019, Microsoft plans to release new role-based ILT Microsoft Official Courses and aligned exams on Microsoft Dynamics 365 topics. Courses will eventually cover the following Microsoft Dynamics 365 topic areas:

    • Customer Engagement
    • Sales
    • Customer Service
    • Field Service
    • Marketing
    • Unified Operations
    • Finance and Operations

    The following role-based Microsoft Dynamics 365 exams and their aligned courses are scheduled for release on January 31, 2019:

    • MB-200: Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Core
    • MB-210: Dynamics 365 for Sales
    • MB-230: Dynamics 365 for Customer Service

    For more details and for updates on the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 courses, see the next Courseware Title Plan.

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

    New Data and AI Roles

    As part of our role-based content development efforts, Microsoft will be releasing new courses and certification exams aligned to the following newly defined Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) roles:

    • Azure AI Engineer
    • Azure Data Engineer
    • Azure Data Scientist

    Exams are scheduled for release in beta by January 31, 2019, with associated Online Courses and role-based ILT Microsoft Official Courses to follow, from February through April 2019. For more details and for updates, see future versions of the Courseware Title Plan.

    Original Publication Date: 12/06/2018

  4. Start with Our New Workload Certifications to Become a Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator

    December 4, 2018: See update in red below.

    Microsoft 365 Workload certifications will put you on the path to becoming a Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert. If you’ve been following this blog, you know that we recently launched beta exams for Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator and Modern Desktop. I hinted that there were more to come, and I know you’ve been on pins and needles waiting for me to tell the rest of the story. Well, here’s the next part of the story . . .

    A recent Deloitte survey highlighted reskilling as a major priority for employers. It’s not a matter of doing more with less, but rather a matter of being more competitive overall; in fact, 46% of employers surveyed intended to expand hiring as a consequence of digital disruption. As Microsoft CVP Brad Anderson highlighted at Ignite, companies are looking to level up with Microsoft 365, to move with more agility and innovate through collaboration. The question isn’t whether you should certify on Microsoft 365, but rather which of our workload certifications is right for you.

    Let’s get you started on your certification journey.


    Microsoft 365 Certified: Fundamentals (Exam MS-900; available January 31, 2019)

    If you’re looking to get started in IT for the modern workplace and don’t have a strong background in technology, this is a great place to start. This exam validates knowledge of the considerations, benefits of adopting cloud services in general, the Software as a Service (SaaS) cloud model, and the options and benefits gained by implementing Microsoft 365 cloud service offerings. It will validate that you have a solid understanding of the basics of Microsoft 365, preparing you for Microsoft 365 job roles, such as Modern Desktop Administrator, Teamwork Administrator, Messaging Administrator, and ultimately, Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator. This exam is an optional precursor to cloud computing and technologies exams, such as Office 365, Microsoft Intune, Azure Information Protection (AIP), and Windows 10. 


    Microsoft 365 Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate (Exams MD-100 and MD-101; available NOW!)

    Our Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification will bring you up to speed on the requirements and mechanics for deploying Windows 10, your first step to implementing Modern Desktop solutions. You’ll also learn how to simplify your deployments using in-place upgrade, Windows Autopilot and integrated identity solutions to improve user experience and increase productivity.

    If you’ve passed Exam 70-698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10, you only need to take MD-101 to earn this new certification.


    Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate (Exams MS-200 and MS-201; available January 14, 2019)

    If you’re an Exchange admin, this is the certification for you. Technology has given companies a breadth of options for communicating both inside and outside of organizations, but with that expanded access comes risk; companies need administrators who know how to mitigate those risks. This certification will validate that you have the skills you need to design and manage compliant and secure communications solutions with Microsoft 365’s industry leading suite of tools.

    If you’ve passed Exam 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016, take Exam MS-202: Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition Exam (available January 14, 2019) to earn this new role-based certification in one step.


    Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate (Exams MS-300 and MS-302; available January 14, 2019)

    Collaboration tools are at the crux of the modern workplace. Teams need to be able to access and revise their data more quickly than ever before, and they need integrated solutions that are secure and scalable and that don’t stand in the way of a distributed workforce. This certification will validate your skills in designing elegant, secure, and compliant solutions that solve your company’s most challenging productivity puzzles.

    If you’ve passed Exam 70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016, take MS-302: Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition Exam (available January 14, 2019) to earn this new certification with just a single exam.


    Microsoft 365 Certified: Security Administrator Associate (Exam MS-500; available January 7, 2019)

    The oversight of qualified security administrators is not only crucial to the success of IT implementations and operations, Forbes reports that it’s also one of the most in-demand roles in technology and the talent gap is expected to keep growing. This certification will show your organization that you have the skills needed to protect your company against ever more complex cybersecurity threats and to remain compliant with increasingly layered and diverse data regulation.


    Choosing any of Microsoft’s certification paths helps you to stand out to both current and potential employers, proving that you have the IT skills that they need to remain agile and competitive. And we help you prove it, too: one click on our newly redesigned badges allows colleagues and employers to confirm your specialization  and learn more about your qualifications. This helps you stand out to your peers and employer, and even unlocks new employment opportunities based on your proven skills and knowledge.

    How do I get started?

    Visit Microsoft’s Technical Certifications to learn more about the certifications available to you. After you’ve decided which certification to pursue, find the training option that is right for you to help prepare for the exams, including instructor-led training provided through one of our Microsoft Learning Partners and free online options at Microsoft Learn.

    Questions? For an overview of our redesigned program, check out our role-based certification blog announcement.  You can also check out our exam FAQs for more information on what to expect when you’re ready to test.

    And, stay tuned for the rest of the story on how you earn your Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert certification!

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  5. Hey, Modern Desktop Administrators! Take MD-100 and MD-101 in Beta Today!

    Do you deploy, configure, secure, manage, and monitor devices and client applications in an enterprise environment? Do you manage identity, access, policies, updates, and apps and collaborate with the M365 Enterprise Administrator to design and implement a device strategy that meets the business needs of a modern organization? Are you familiar with M365 workloads and proficient in deploying, configuring, and maintaining Windows 10 and non-Windows devices and technologies? If so, it's time to earn your Modern Desktop Administrator certification!

    The new role-based Microsoft Certified: Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification has two exams that are currently in beta. If you have NOT taken Exam 698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10, you must take both MD-100 and MD-101 to earn the Modern Desktop Administrator certification:

    MD-100: Windows 10: To receive the 80% discount,* when prompted for payment, use code MD-100-HOPPER.

    AND

    MD-101: Managing Modern Desktops: To receive the 80% discount,* when prompted for payment, use code MD-101-ADHERE.

    These are NOT private access codes. You can use these codes to register for the exam(s)on or before January 15, 2019, and you must take the exam(s) on or before January 16, 2019.

    If you have taken Exam 698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10, you should take MD-101. You do NOT need to take MD-100 to earn this certification.

    *The first 300 people who register can take these exams for an 80% discount! (Why beta exams are no longer free.) The seats are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You must register for the exam(s)on or before January 15, 2019, and you must take the exam(s) on or before January 16, 2019. Take the exam as soon as possible, so we can leverage your comments, feedback, and exam data in our evaluation of the quality of the questions.

    Preparing for Beta Exams

    Need other preparation ideas? Check out my recent blog post on preparing for beta exams.

    Taking a beta exam is your chance to have a voice in the questions we include on the exam when it goes live. The rescore process starts on the day that exams go live, and final scores are released approximately 10 days later. For updates on when the rescore is complete, follow me on Twitter (@libertymunson). For questions about the timing of beta exam scoring and live exam release, see the blog posts The Path from Beta Exam to Live Exam and More Tips About Beta Exams.

    Remember, the number of spots is limited, so when they're gone, they're gone. You should also be aware that there are some countries where the beta code will not work (including Turkey, Pakistan, India, and China). You will not be able to take the beta exam in those countries.

    Also keep in mind that these exams are in beta, which means that you will not be scored immediately. You will receive your final score and passing status after your exam is live.

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