In the process of moving towards the goal of “role-based training”, Microsoft recently announced that it will phase out three more popular certification categories. In an official blog post released on February 28, Microsoft announced the cancellation of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Assistant (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) and Microsoft Certified Solutions Specialist (MCSE). Microsoft also said it does not offer a certification program for Windows Server 2019 or SQL Server 2019.
As of June 30, 2020, Microsoft will no longer offer all exams for MCSA, MCSD and MCSE. Microsoft recommends that those who are trying to obtain these certifications should try to pass the necessary exams by that date, as they will no longer be issued after June 30. Within 12 months from June 30, those who have passed the three qualification exams can include certification in the partner’s competency requirements.
For those who have already received MCSA, MCSD or MCSE certification, there will continue to be reference value for two years after June 30, but they will then be marked as “invalid”. Microsoft recommends that those interested in MCSA, MCSD or MCSE certification move to new role-based certifications.