3 Options For Retiring Windows 10 MCSA/MCSE Certifications In 2019

Updated : Oct 24, 2019 in Articles

3 Options For Retiring Windows 10 MCSA/MCSE Certifications In 2019

When I started looking at my Microsoft certification
options for the New Year, I saw the announcement that the Windows 10 MCSA/MCSE exams are being
retired on March 31, 2019. Somehow I missed that announcement before
I posted my Exam Replay certification video in early October. If you are like me and had put off taking
the Windows 10 exams, here are three options for getting Microsoft certified in early 2019. My name is C.D. Reimer and welcome to my channel. Please comment, like, and subscribe, and click
on the notification bell to see more videos like this. The retiring Windows 10 MCSA exams are being
replaced by the Microsoft 365 Modern Desktop Administrator Associate exams, Windows 10
(MD-100) and Managing Modern Desktops (MD-101). The retiring Mobility MCSE exams are being
replaced by the Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator Expert exams, Microsoft 365 Identity and Services
(MS-100) and Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security (MS-101). The first option is to take the retiring exams
before the end of March 31, 2019. Can you take one or two exams to complete
a Windows MSCA/MSCE certification in less than two months? That depends on how good your studying
habits are. Some people can pass an exam after studying
for several weeks; other people require a lot more time. When I did my A+, Network+ and Windows 2000
certifications in the early 2000s, I spent two months studying for each exam. As I have gotten older, my ability to learn
large amounts of technical material in a short time has diminished over the years. I’m no longer the young person who can read
a 1,200-page textbook the night before and still ace the final exam the next morning. If you have mental stamina to complete more
than one exam in less than two months, good luck. The second option is to take the new Microsoft
365 exams instead. The beta exams are available today but there
are no prep materials like classes, study guides or testing software. If you are well familiar with the retiring
exams, you could take the beta exams and hope for the best. Or you could wait until April 2019 for the
new exams to no longer be in beta. As for prep materials, you may have a longer
wait. Amazon has a new study guide listed with a
June 2019 publication date. The third option is to combine the old and
new certifications together. You can take the retiring exam, Installing
and Configuring Windows 10 (70-698), which is typically the first exam that most people
take for the Windows 10 MSCA certification. That exam will substitute for the Modern Desktop
Windows 10 (MD-100) exam. You can later take the Managing Modern Desktops
(MD-101) exam to complete Modern Desktop Administrator Associate certification. This is the only path between the old and
new certifications. Microsoft currently does not have a transition
exam to qualify the Windows 10 MSCA certification as a requirement for the Enterprise Administrator
Expert certification. Retiring exams and certifications will show
up as active on your transcript. I’m taking the third option since I already
have the prep materials for the first Windows 10 MSCA exam and I got my Exam Replay voucher
with Windows 10 testing software a few days ago. YES! That special offer has expired but Microsoft
has a new special offer that I will talk about more in my next video. Make sure you are subscribed to my channel
and have the notification bell turned on to avoid missing that video. Let me know in the comments below on how you
are getting Microsoft certified in 2019. Thank you for watching.


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  • Thanks for clarification. I expected that this is the replacement for MCSE Mobility but wasn't quite sure. They made a lot of mess with the new cert paths. I don't like the change. Question is, how to prepare for the new exams to make sure that you've covered it all…

  • The Windows 10 (MD-100) Study Guide is NOW AVAILABLE as an Amazon Kindle ebook. See my latest video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKoU5koLjdA

  • Aiming for MCSE Core Infrastructure (Server 2016) by the end of the year, then CCNP Security (or R&S) goal for 2020. Keep up the good work!

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