Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) Certification







The MCSE originally stood for Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer but has now been rebranded to Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert as part of the new overhaul of the entire stable of Microsoft certifications.

The MCSE certification is an Expert-level credential aimed at experienced I.T. professionals who wish to showcase their knowledge and skills with an industry-recognised credential. Microsoft offer the MCSE in a number of specialised tracks to enable candidates to focus on a particular Microsoft skill area.

From a standing start, gaining any MCSE certification requires passing a total of 5 exams, irrespective of the chosen MCSE track. As passing the first three exams gains the candidate the MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification, the path to an MCSE is essentially: MCSA + 2 exams = MCSE

The respective tracks and the required MCSA prerequisite are:

MCSE Private Cloud
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.
  • 70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012
  • 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

MCSE SharePoint
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification
  • 70-331 Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • 70-332 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013

MCSE Communication
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification
  • 70-336 Core Solutions of Microsoft Lync Server 2013
  • 70-337 Enterprise Voice & Online Services with Microsoft Lync Server 2013

MCSE Messaging
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification
  • 70-341 Core Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013
  • 70-342 Advanced Solutions of Microsoft Exchange Server 2013

MCSE Server Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification
  • 70-413 Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 70-414 Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure

MCSE Desktop Infrastructure
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification
  • 70-415 Implementing a Desktop Infrastructure
  • 70-416 Implementing Desktop Application Environments

MCSE Data Platform
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification
  • 70-464 Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • 70-465 Designing Database Solutions for SQL Server 2012

MCSE Business Intelligence
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification
  • 70-466 Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • 70-467 Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

All MCSE certification tracks require recertification every three years.