Major Announcement from Microsoft Learning today. As Microsoft continues to invest in role-based learning offerings, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD), and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) certifications will be phased out with a final retirement date of June 30th, 2020. Find the entire list of retired certifications here.
Update: Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, Microsoft has extended these certifications until January 31, 2021. (Find out about the updates here.)
Microsoft has modernized its training and certification model with the launch of role-based training and certifications. Role-based training and certifications allow learners to build and demonstrate skills for applicable job roles in the industry. In a short amount of time, they have added 34 new certifications to our portfolio across Azure, Modern Workplace, and Business Applications. As they continue to expand on role-based learning offerings, all remaining MCSA, MCSD, and MCSE certifications and associated exams will retire on June 30, 2020.
Above are the suggested upgrade paths to the newer Azure Role-Based certifications. According to the announcement, there will not be any Windows Server 2019 or SQL Server 2019 certifications. Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2019 content will be included in role-based certifications on an as-needed basis for certain job roles in the Azure Apps & Infrastructure and Data & AI solution areas
Feedback and questions can be posted to the official announcement on the Microsoft Learning blog post found here.