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R.I.P. Microsoft’s Master Certification

If it’s a day ending with ‘y’ then chances are Microsoft will be changing something within their stable of certification offerings. But even by Microsoft’s standards, their recent announcement that they will be ceasing their Master-level exams has drawn a lot of criticism and prompted a lot of spirited debate within the community.

Not only were the changes met with some anger and much disappointment, but also the manner in which the decision was communicated to the community. In what amounted to a Friday night news dump, Microsoft announced on August 30th that, effective October 1st 2013, they will be retiring their Masters-level certification exams and will no longer offer Masters and Architect-level training.

Those already certified MCM, MCSM or MCA will keep their credential and will not be required to recertify. Anyone working toward one of those credentials will have until the end of September 2013 to complete them.

You can read the full e-mail that was sent out to the community here, and you can read some of the initial community reaction, including a response from Tim Sneath, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Microsoft Learning on the reasons for the decision, and the possible future implications, here.


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