MCSA/MCSE in a new version

Today (April 11th 2012) Microsoft has released a new and improved version of the old MCSA/MCSE certification.

I hear you thinking. Oh no, not again….

Well, MCSA and MCSE are NEW acronyms for Microsoft Certified (so far the same) Solutions Associate !!!! and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert.

In stead of being associated with the OS certification this is now a sign of cloud skills.

MCSA is an entry level certification program for professionals who are looking for their first job in IT. So if you are a guru in the Microsoft field and have loads of certs, skip this status and go straight through to the MCSE version.

MCSE is the Expert level of the cloud certification. If you have years of experience and done lots of troubleshooting and maintaining servers with System Center and other MS products then you’d go for this.

Certification tracks:


At this moment there are 2 MCSA certs your can achieve.

MCSA Windows 2008 and MCSA SQL 2012.

For Windows 2008 complete these exams and your certified (Hmmm, MCITP SA??!!!??) :

For the SQL Server 2012 status pass these exams:


For this certification track there are3 tracks you can do.

MCSE Private cloud:

If you have the certification for the 70-659 exam then you don’t have to pass the 70-247 exam. But beware that this “offer” ends at January 31st of 2013.

MCSE: Data Platform

For this track you need to pass the following exams:

MCSE: Business Intelligence

For the BI track pass these exams:


Want more info on the MCSA track and exams. Have a look at the Microsoft MCSA landing page here.

Want to read more about the MCSE status and exams visit the landing page here.

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