What You Should Know About the New Microsoft Streamlined Certifications

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What You Should Know About the New Microsoft Streamlined Certifications

As Microsoft learning partners, we provide some of the most valuable certifications in the tech industry.  Constantly striving for improvement, Microsoft has recently streamlined its technical certifications.  This format allows you to gain credentials in industry-recognized areas of competence.  Here’s what you need to know.

Microsoft Learning Partners Explain Streamlined Certifications

Recently released are the five new MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert) and MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) specialties.  These credentials are used to identify specialty skills that are familiar to Microsoft learning partners and customers.  These include the following:

MCSE:  Cloud Platform and Infrastructure

This indicates that the credentialed individual has specialty skills relating to Windows Server and Microsoft Azure.  

MSCE:  Data Management and Analysis

Both on-premises and cloud-based Microsoft data product and service skills.

MCSE:  Mobility

Windows Client and Enterprise Mobility Suite management.

MCSE:  Productivity

Skill validation for Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype for Business.  

MCSD:  App Builder

This focuses on skills validation for web and mobile app development

What is truly unique about these credentials is that they are only available after earning, and therefore added to, the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate certification.  The additional credentials are added after passing an elective exam.

While the certification will never expire, the industry does look at your willingness and ability to stay current.  The date of the achievement will be posted.  Luckily, you can renew the certification annually, by taking an additional exam.  The new date will replace the old certification.  

If you already have an active MCSE or MCSD certification, don’t worry.  Any individuals who hold the following certifications will automatically earn the new similar certification without having to take an additional exam.  These are:

  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
  • MCSE: Data Platform
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence
  • MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
  • MCSE: SharePoint
  • MCSE: Communication
  • MCSE: Messaging
  • MCSD: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCSD: SharePoint Applications

Just make sure you find out where you stand as soon as possible.  The following existing certifications will be retired on March 31st, and you will no longer be able to receive them.  However, if you’ve already earned one of these, it will stay on your transcript.  

  • MCSE: Server Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Private Cloud
  • MCSE: Data Platform
  • MCSE: Business Intelligence
  • MCSE: Enterprise Devices and Apps
  • MCSE: SharePoint
  • MCSE: Communication
  • MCSE: Messaging
  • MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management
  • MCSD: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect
  • MCSD: Web Applications
  • MCSD: SharePoint Applications

Our certification specialists can help you figure out the new changes with Microsoft Streamlined Certifications.  




Learn all at once or five minutes at a time, anywhere, anytime with New MOC On-Demand

Now you can build Microsoft technical expertise while balancing the demands of your schedule. TechSherpas , your Microsoft Gold Learning Partner, is now offering Microsoft Official Courses On-Demand (MOC On-Demand).

What is MOC-On-Demand
MOC On-Demand combines high-quality video, reading, live hands-on labs and knowledge checks in a self-paced format to help you build skills on Microsoft technologies as your schedule allows—all at once or five minutes at a time. Once purchased, students will have 24/7 access to the course and labs for 90-days. The students will have access to the digital courseware indefinitely.

High-quality content, direct from the source. MOC On-Demand is brought to you by the people who write the software. The content is based on the same official courseware we use in our instructor-led training, and videos feature engaging experts hand-selected by Microsoft. It’s quality content!

Live hands-on labs. Unlike other on-demand offerings that offer simulated labs, MOC On-Demand gives you a live, real-time environment for hands-on training. In fact, it’s the same Microsoft hands-on Labs environment used in the classroom. The best way to learn is by doing, right?

Immediate feedback on mastery. MOC On-Demand’s modular course structure lets you control what order you follow while you learn at your own pace. You can concentrate on what you don’t know, or focus on what you need to know right now. Knowledge checks tell you whether you’ve mastered the content and are ready to move on, or you need to review the information further.

To get additional details and read the FAQ, click here

 MOC On-Demand Purchase Options

 As we launch this new product, we are offering two options at which you can purchase:

1)      Reduced price when bundled with our live instructor-led course

2)      Purchase MOC On-Demand course as a standalone product (digital courseware is included)

When purchased with the live class, it serves as a great supplement to the live instructor-led training. You still have the advantages of being in a live class with instructors who can answer questions and also assist with labs, but you now have the opportunity to go back and listen to an instructor anytime you need, over the next 90 days.

How to MOC On-Demand

Using MOC On-Demand is simple, and can be done anywhere there is an internet connection. You can view the training from any device, but labs will need to be completed on a desktop or laptop, not one of your handheld devices. Training begins in three simple steps:

1) Purchase Course – Purchase your course with TechSherpas

2) Redeem the code provided to you by TechSherpas – Within 24 hours of purchase, you will receive a Code, and link with instructions on how to redeem

3) Start learning On-Demand

MOC On-Demand Courses

There are currently four Microsoft On-Demand courses available for purchase:

  • 10747 – Administering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
  • 10961 – Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell
  • 20483 – Programming in C#
  • 20341B: Core Solutions of Microsoft® Exchange Server 2013

Additional courses will be released in the coming months.

Coming February 11th:

  • 20331 – Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • 20410 – Installing and Configuring Windows Server
  • 20412 – Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services

Coming February 25th:

  • 20411 – Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 20413 – Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 10267 – Introduction to Web Development with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

Coming March 3rd:

  • 20417 – Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • 20697-1B: Installing & Configuring Windows 10
  • 20480 B – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3

MOC On-Demand puts you in control of your learning experience, and it’s only available through certified Microsoft Learning Partners, such as TechSherpas 365 . Click here to get started.