MCSE SharePoint 2013 requires MCSA Server 2012!

About a month ago, I made a post about SharePoint 2013 Certifications. Microsoft added more details and confirmed the MCSE SharePoint Certification.  
This is what I found really interesting, and personally a really Smart move from Microsoft.  In order to become  a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert in SharePoint 2013, you NEED to have your MCSA Server 2012. 
Furthermore, if you read the “Note” on the bottom you see that “The MCSE: SharePoint certification requires candidates to show continued ability to perform in this technology area by completing a recertification exam every three years”.

Since 2009, Microsoft really made it harder for people to be considered as MCITP and MCSE and I find it a really good initiative because not everyone can be a Pro anymore.

You now need to know SharePoint 2013 as well as the Infrastructure behind it. 

The GOOD news:   For current MCITP holders, Microsoft released an upgrade path to have your MCSA Server 2012 in only one exam: 70-417

The 70-331 and 70-332 Exams won’t come out until February 5th 2013 so, meanwhile download SharePoint 2013 Preview or RTM  if you are a MSDN or Technet Subscriber  and Download the Free E-book for IT Professionals from Microsoft. . 

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  • October 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm
    Marc-Andre Rochefort, MCITP

    Great post Vlad,

    Those new certifications path will surely raise the level of proficiency of MCITP’s.

    Like you’ve stated in this post, Microsoft decided to do some “cream skimming”, wich is a good decision. Nonetheless, some people and companies will continue to take the easy way to get those certifications. Unfortunatly, most of them won`t be able to deliver in a real project. Leaving clients with a bad installation and configuration, wich will result in a lost of money and delivery delays.

    But thanx helping us in finding our way to get SHP15 certified. It can be confusing sometime.

  • January 23, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I personally think it’s a ridiculous move on Microsoft’s part. I’m a SharePoint Architect/Consultant/Developer, and I really have no need for an MCSA Server 2012 to operate in my role. My organisation has dedicated individuals who install and administer Windows Server environments and Active Directory forests.
    The more Microsoft merge roles together like this the less specialised (and skilled) supposed experts become, and the more it appears Microsoft are just after Certification revenue rather than equipping and identifying capable individuals for specialised tasks.

  • September 3, 2013 at 11:02 pm

    does that mean you cannot give 331 and 332 certi unless you clear windows server 2012 ones?
    does that mean you need to complete all 5 certi in any order to earn mcse?

    • September 4, 2013 at 12:26 am

      It means you need to complete all certs in order to be MCSE. You can still take 331/332 whenever you want but you won’t have any title!


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