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  1. MCT Monthly Newsletter | June 2019

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    MCT Town Hall: June 18 or 19, 2019
    Join us for the next Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) Town Hall, where we’ll share updates related to the MCT program, certification, and training. Following the Town Hall, recordings will be available on MCT Central. To join, get the link from MCT Central for one of the following options:

    • June 18, 2019, 0900 PDT (1600 UTC)
    • June 19, 2019, 1500 PDT (2200 UTC)

    Certifications and exams

    Exam News Roundup

    This month, we focused on rescoring beta exams and releasing live exams. We also released three new Microsoft Official Practice Tests. (Release dates are in parentheses.)

    New live exams

    DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure (May 7, 2019)

    MB-200: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement Core (May 31, 2019)

    MB-210: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales (May 31, 2019)

    MB-230: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service (May 31, 2019)

    New Microsoft Official Practice Tests

    AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator (June 3, 2019)

    AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (May 9, 2019)

    MD-100: Windows 10 (May 24, 2019)

    It’s back! Get a retake on certification exams with Exam Replay
    Employers need skilled people who can successfully rise to the challenges of today’s jobs. To meet this demand, we offer certifications designed to help your students prove that they are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. To give them an extra boost, Exam Replay provides a retake on certification exams. They also have the option to purchase a Microsoft Official Practice Test with their package (where available). Your students can enjoy peace of mind as they prepare for certification exams with Exam Replay, available now. Share this great offer with your communities. Learn more at aka.ms/ExamReplay.

    Transition exams are retiring soon—don’t miss out!
    Have you already passed exam 70-533, 70-535, 70-339, or 70-345? If so, find out why you should take a transition exam (before these exams retire). Get all the details in Liberty Munson’s latest blog post on certification transition exams. Hint: it’s all about saving time and money as you prove your skills and upgrade to a new, role-based certification.

    Certification support moving to online moderated forums
    Beginning June 12, 2019, support for the Microsoft Certification and MCT programs will be delivered exclusively through online moderated forums. As of that date, phone and email support will no longer be available. Moderated forums allow you to browse for (or search) existing answers to your questions, eliminating the need to submit a support ticket. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please post your issue and our support staff will respond within one business day. Problems with your personal profile or account? No worries. Post a description of your issue, and support staff will initiate a private chat within the forums to work on your issue—while maintaining your privacy. Browse the certification and MCT forums, along with other forums, to familiarize yourself with the environment.

    Training (courseware, courses, clinics)

    ILT course updates
    Recently, we’ve made a number of noteworthy changes and updates to our instructor-led training (ILT) curriculum, in addition to some new releases. Read the full article.

    Retirement of older role-based ILT revisions in Skillpipe library
    Reminder: On March 20, 2019, we introduced the new “-A” course version (for example, AZ300T03-A) for role-based ILT courses. This new course version will always show the latest content, and, if the course gets updated, your highlights, notes, and bookmarks will be migrated. However, the highlights and notes transfer will only work for the “-A” versions moving forward, and you will need to transfer them (only one time) from the earlier versions, if desired. Get additional details and instructions on how to keep your older notes and highlights. Read the full article.  

    Offline Skillpipe apps scheduled to retire
    On June 30, 2019, Microsoft and Arvato are retiring native offline Skillpipe apps, in addition to the legacy Windows Vista/Windows 7 Reader, because these native apps and legacy reader:

    • Support only a limited set of course formats and do not support role-based ILT courses.
    • Create confusion in the market, as a result of this limited support.
    • Have very low usage.
    • Require development resources to maintain, and these resources could otherwise be directed to the new progressive web app (PWA) solution in development.

    This new PWA solution involves a responsive website that acts and feels like a native app and is installable on the user’s home screen. The PWA solution is slated for release by the end of 2019. Get the details about the retirement of native apps and the legacy reader. Read the full article.

     

     

    Microsoft Press/Books
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  3. Transition Exams Are Retiring Soon! Don't Miss Your Chance to Upgrade to Role-based Certifications

    As you know, Microsoft recently developed role-based certifications to more closely align with the needs of organizations as they address cloud-related skill gaps in their workforce. To streamline our certification program and help meet these needs, certain exams are being retired and replaced with new role-based exams.

    If you’ve demonstrated your expertise by passing any of the following 70-xxx series exams, you’re eligible to take a single transition exam to earn the latest Microsoft role-based certification. Take advantage of this opportunity before the transition exam retires; otherwise, you’ll need to take two exams to earn the associated certification. (Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate is the exception, with one required exam.)

    So here’s my question to you: Have you passed one of the exams in the first column? If so, prove your skills are up to date by passing a transition exam. Priced at $99 USD,* the transition exams are available for a limited time, so act now. After they retire (see retirement dates in the following table), to achieve the role-based certification, you must take two required exams (at $165 USD each*). Learn more about transition exams.

    *Price varies by country/region

    Candidates who have passed these 70-xxx series exams Can take these Transition Exams To earn these role-based Microsoft Certifications
    70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (retired December 31, 2018) AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition (retires June 30, 2019) Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
    70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (retired December 31, 2018) AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition (retires June 30, 2019) Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
    70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 (retires July 31, 2019) MS-302: Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition (retires September 30, 2019) Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate
    70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 MS-202: Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition (retires September 30, 2019) Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate
  4. Save up to 50% on Exam Ref books and e-books

    Whether you're studying for your first or next Microsoft certification, now is the time to load your library with exam prep titles from Microsoft Press! Buy one Exam Ref book or e-book, and save 40%. Or buy two or more, and save 50%. This offer includes new releases Exam Ref MS-100 Microsoft 365 Identity and Services, Exam Ref AZ-103 Microsoft Azure Administrator, Exam Ref AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, and more. To receive your exclusive discount, use code NEWCERT during checkout. Offer ends June 30, 2019. 

  5. Exam and Certification Retirement Roundup, May 2019

    This is a republication of a blog that originally appeared in December, 2018. We've updated the blog each month since then. This is a fresh copy of that blog, with already-retired exams removed from the list. Today we are not announcing new retirements.  

    To ensure that the Microsoft Certified Professional Program stays current, Microsoft Learning continually monitors trends and then revises exams and certification requirements to keep pace with changes in technology and business needs. Our goal is to give you several months’ notice of upcoming exam retirements. We review our certification program plan, the psychometric performance, and our upcoming exam list every quarter. We then make decisions about what to retire and when, so we can ensure that you have the most up-to-date certifications and that these certifications reflect the latest in Microsoft technologies and associated job roles.

    Many of the upcoming exam retirements reflect the program’s evolution to embrace role-based certifications. Because we haven't announced many of the upcoming role-based certifications, I can't be overly specific about the replacement exams. Many of the exams are retiring in the next few months, and I want to give you as much advance notice as possible. This is all the information I can share right now, so take it for what it's worth as you make your certification plans. I promise to share as much information as I can, as soon as I can. Trust me to look out for you!

    Here's the current plan, which is subject to change . . . as things often are. If a date changes, it will push out. If anything, these dates are the worst-case scenarios. Exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time on the dates below. Browse all exams.

    Exam Number Exam Name Retirement Date Replacement Exam
    MB2-715 Microsoft Dynamics 365 customer engagement Online Deployment June 30, 2019 MB-200
    MB2-717 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales June 30, 2019 MB-210
    MB2-877 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Field Service June 30, 2019 MB-240
    AZ-102 Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition Exam June 30, 2019 AZ-103
    AZ-302 Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition (beta) June 30, 2019 AZ-300, AZ-301
    70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions June 30, 2019 DP-200, DP-201
    70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions June 30, 2019 DP-200, DP-201
    70-773 Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R June 30, 2019 DP-100
    70-774 Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning June 30, 2019 DP-100
    70-775 Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure HDInsight June 30, 2019 DP-200, DP-201
    70-776 Engineering Data with Microsoft Cloud Services June 30, 2019 DP-200, DP-201
    74-343 Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013 July 31, 2019 none
    MB2-718 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Customer Service August 31, 2019 MB-230
    MB2-719 Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Marketing August 31, 2019 MB-220
    MB6-895 Financial Management in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations August 31, 2019 MB-310
    MB6-896 Distribution and Trade in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Finance and Operations August 31, 2019 MB-330
    MS-202 Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition September 30, 2019 MS-200, MS-201
    MS-302 Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition September 30, 2019 MS-300, MS-301

    Exam retirements lead to certification retirements. These certifications are retiring because there won't be any exams (or enough exams) in market to earn these certifications as of these dates. Note that when we retire certifications that you have earned, those certifications stay on your transcript and can be shared as usual. A retired certification stays in the active section of your transcript until Microsoft determines that the technology is no longer relevant, and then it gets moved to the inactive section.

    Retiring June 30, 2019
    MCSA: Machine Learning
    MCSA: Data Engineering with Azure|
    MCSA: Dynamics 365 (only one of the two required exams is retiring in March, 2019, but the certification will no longer be attainable)

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