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In this article, I want to share with you a recent announcement from Microsoft about new certificate changes for 2021 and beyond.
In the past, when we wanted to get a new Microsoft specialty or role-based certificate, such as (AZ-104, AZ-303, AZ-304, AZ-500etc.), is a long pre-study that we want to go through to prepare, register for the exam and pay fees based on your country of residence and then go and take the exam. Once you pass the exam, you spend the party and then you’re good to go for two years.
At the end of those two years, well, you must do it all over again. You do a whole bunch of studies to prepare. You announce, you pay the fees again, you sit for the exam, you pass it, and it’s good for another two years. Then we continue to repeat the process over and over again.
Note that basic certificates such as (AZ-900, MS-900, DP-900, AI-900, etc.) Does not expire.
The whole renewable certification process is changing now. So what has been was announced from the beginning of June 2021When you do the initial exam and pass the exam, it comes in fact now be good for one year instead of two for newly earned certificates to renew existing certificates check the next section.
As you know it technology is changing so fast, the idea of these certificates being valid for two years doesn’t hold up so much with this rapid development of cloud cadence. So instead of the current one you pass the exam and it is good for two years. It’s only good for one year.
So before you start thinking about it I must go do this again with a huge amount of study and the stress of taking an exam and paying money. It is actually no case. When you pass the exam after June 2021 it’s good for a year, but six months after you pass the certificate, you’ll receive an email. This email is telling you that your certificate is about to expire. You should reform it. So now what can we do really do we can renew the certificates go that Microsoft to learn. Well, there are free online learning modules that we can just go through to learn updates. And then there is the online assessment of that we just take in Microsoft to learn again, so this is FREE. Learning modules and assessment are also free (add a little here). So when you accept the assessment, it will really lengthen issue your certificate for another year to the current limitation period, not from the moment you take the assessment, it will add one year to the current validity period.
And this will continue forever, so once again, after six months, you go to the learning module, you do the assessment again, and it’s good for another year. So the thing now is that it is a one year cycle, but you just must take such a big exam once. Aonly go through these learning modules that they resemble. You will receive 4 emails before the certificate expires, so you will be reminded for about six months that your certificate will expire.
You can now go do this evaluation to expand it again, but you will get four of these emails before you really get your certificate is out of date, so plenty of opportunities to go through the learning modules, tsimilar assessment and it will be just this ongoing one year cycle. Again kind of six months through each. You start getting these emails saying, hey, you should go do these assessments to renew it for another year.
When you click Start renewing the certificate, you will be directed to renew this certificate. You must confirm that you are eligible to renew the certificate in accordance with the screenshot below. This page provides a summary of measurable skills with training material and a link take a renewal assessment free.
What can you do really do is a look your Microsoft training dashboard as shown below. You can really see list the different types of your portfolio. All your rating and show you the date of your achievement certificate, aand time its expires, so you are will get about six months before its expiry.
If you let it expire, you want to go back to the top! You must go take the exams and pay the money again, so the key thing here is, don’t let it expire.
This year is not retroactive. If you have passed the test before June 2021, and its currently a two years expiration date, so if you took it in April 2021, its two years validity, they are is not going to shorten it to a year. If you run the experiment after and after June 2021, tchicken its one year. So they will not shorten your current certification periods, but for those taken after June 2021.
This is part of future changes, and there is an official Microsoft announces this.
Note that you can complete the assessment as many times as you want. You can take it back to back first and second time, later try, so if you fail twice on the first attempt, you can complete the assessment once every 24 hours until you pass. They are freely available online, you are not going anywhere to take these assessments. You can just keep taking them.
The second change is an early-onset change February 2021, you can start by renewing the role-based and special certificates below by transferring the free renewal assessment Microsoft Learn:
Starts early March 2021, you can start by renewing the role-based and special certificates below by transferring the free renewal assessment Microsoft Learn as well:
- Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Data Analyst Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Marketing Functional Consultant Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Management, Manufacturing Functional Consultant Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Developer Associate
- Microsoft Certified: Dynamics 365 Finance and Operations Apps Solution Architect Expert
For more information about renewing Microsoft certificates, contact your official Microsoft often asked.
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As explained in this article, this is a kind of big change for Microsoft certifications, especially now that we no longer have to take these big exams every other year. We go through it once, and now they always last a year. After six months, we will start receiving notifications. We go through the online learning module. We take an online evaluation, all for free, and it just extends it here so it helps keep our information up to date. And it really makes certification a little more meaningful.
I think this is a good thing overall, because only we must pay now. And that’s what helps us keep our records up to date.
Do you want to become Microsoft certified? Check official Microsoft certification portfolio here and select the desired learning path.
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