MCITP certification retirements

ms learningAs Windows 8 and Windows 2012 are available to us for a while now, it seems that Microsoft has released a timeframe for when the Windows 7 and Windows 2008(R2) exams and certifications wil retire.

Here’s an overview of the MCITP Server track:

These certifications will be retired on July 31, 2013. You must meet all of the requirements for these certifications prior to that date in order to earn the certification.

Certification title Required exam
MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008* 640




plus either








MCITP: Server Administrator on Windows Server 2008* 640



MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2 669**


and either




*By passing the exams for this certification, you’ll earn your MCSA: Windows Server 2008 certification.

**This exam will be retired on July 31, 2013.

***This exam has been retired.

For all other tracks please viti this link.

Overview of the new Microsoft certification tracks

Microsoft has released a nice overview of the new certification tracks and which exams to take to achieve this certification status.

They have described 5 major tracks on which you can certify yourself.

  • The Business track: Microsoft Office Specialist certification demonstrates that an individual is proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and has the most up-to-date skills. Becoming a Microsoft Office Specialist helps increase everyday productivity while providing the tools to succeed in a technology-driven world. Continue reading “Overview of the new Microsoft certification tracks”

SharePoint 2010 certification paths

Future SharePoint 2010 Certifications
(Disclaimer: this information is not confirmed or posted anywhere that I have seen.  Its based upon printed marketing material, and the 2010 certification release of other server platforms.)

With the release of SharePoint 2010 this year, there will also be a release of new certifications.  The best part however, is that there will be the release of additional certifications that will fill the gap of that middle-ground.

MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development

MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional

SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-668: PRO: SharePoint 2010, Administrator

MCPD– Microsoft Certified Professional Developer

Developer, SharePoint Server 2010
Exam 70-576: PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications

MCM – Microsoft Certified Master

IT Pro / Dev
Microsoft Certified Master: SharePoint Server 2010

Although I’m not graphically showing a road map here, as you may be able to interpret these are in order of a career path, so MCTS would come before MCITP / MCPD and those would come before MCM.  There are also plans for a MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect) that have not been released.  Essentially that’s the cream of the crop.

Now that I think about it, the Microsoft Certification path follows almost a Higher Education academic degree system, and probably not by mistake.

MCTS = Associate’s Degree

MCITP/MCPD = Bachelor’s Degree

MCM = Master’s Degree

MCA = Doctoral Degree

I’m pretty pumped about the new certs coming out.  I have been studying for MCITP – Enterprise Administrator, and look forward to studying for MCITP – SharePoint Server 2010.  If you don’t have any certifications associated with your name, it will be a great year to get started.  🙂

Additional Information

70-643 exam

Passed today the 70-643 exam with 907 points. It was a fairly difficult exam with a lot of questions about terminal services and IIS. If you are taking this exam pay alot of attention to these points. If you know your stuff the exam is possible to pass.

Just one more exam to becoming a MCITP Enterprise Administrator.

Keep you posted !!!



// Update 10-02-2010 //

I’ve passed today the 70-646 exam. And from now on i’m a certified Server Administrator for Windows Server 2008. Now i will go on studing for the Enterprise Administrator for Windows Server 2008. This means i need to pass 2 more exams (70-643 and 70-747). So the next exam is: 70-643…

// end update //

Hi guys,

Wednesday (february the 10th) is d-day. I’ve planned my exam. If this goes right i’m a MCITP SA by then.

For studying i used the Microsoft Press Training Kit and the CBT Nugget for the preparation of this exam.

I’m confident that i’ll pass this one also.

I’ll keep you informed wednesday.