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Retiring the Microsoft Master certifications and training

Retiring the Microsoft Master certifications and training

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I received this extremely sad news this morning. I have been a part of the MCM/MCSM community for 5 years now and have made many friends, both attending and instructing at MCSM:Messaging. I am sure I am not the only one, but I will certainly miss this community and the many friends that I have made.

Termination E-mail Message in Full

We are contacting you to let you know we are making a change to the Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, and Microsoft Certified Architect certifications. As technology changes so do Microsoft certifications and as such, we are continuing to evolve the Microsoft certification program. Microsoft will no longer offer Masters and Architect level training rotations and will be retiring the Masters level certification exams as of October 1, 2013. The IT industry is changing rapidly and we will continue to evaluate the certification and training needs of the industry to determine if there's a different certification needed for the pinnacle of our program.

As a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, or Microsoft Certified Architect, you have earned one of the highest certifications available through the Microsoft Certification program. Although individuals will no longer be able to earn these certifications, you will continue to hold the credential and you will not be required to recertify your credential in the future. You will continue to have access to the logos through the MCP site, and your certifications will continue to show in the appropriate section of your transcript, according to Microsoft technology retirement dates. If you are a Charter Member, you will continue to hold the Charter Member designation on your transcript.

Also as a Microsoft Certified Master, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master, or Microsoft Certified Architect, you are a member of an exclusive, highly technical community and you've told us this community is one of the biggest benefits of your certification. We encourage you to stay connected with your peers through the main community distribution lists. Although we won't be adding more people to this community, you continue to be a valued member of it. Over time, Microsoft plans to transition the distribution lists to the community, and, with your consent, will include your information so that it can continue to be a valuable resource for your ongoing technical discussions.

Within the coming weeks, you will receive invitations to an updated community site. This community site will require you to sign in with a Microsoft Account and will replace the need for a Microsoft Partner account as is required today. From this site, you will be able to manage service requests for the Masters and Architects communities – such as ordering welcome kits and managing your contact information for the distribution lists and directory - and accessing training rotation and other community content (if applicable).

If you have not ordered your Welcome Kit, the last day to do so is October 31, 2013. To order your Welcome Kit, please contact the Advanced Cert team at

We thank you for your commitment to Microsoft technologies.

So, there you have it - no more Master - bad times L

  • Its kind a heartache news - I struggled everyday to be there, doing home works.

    I still can't believe....Its kind of discouraging & demotivating :(

  • I am no less than furious and heartily worried on what to expect next off this mentally disordered strategy from MS, assuming there is one.

  • just got my notice that my rotation is cancelled. what a bummer.

  • A month from now ??!!!


  • Hugely, heartily disappointing, and a frightening sense of MS having lost the track.

  • I have worked very hard towards achieving this credential. Its such a shame that's its being truncated this way and it leaves me with alot of regrets. I really hope MS comes up with something to replace it with.

  • Ibam really surprised! And didn't understand the reason of this decision especially that we all undertsand that MS technology is always changing and evolving, with the new products and also the certifications, and that's what they usually do for MSCE and MsCA programs. So why they will retire a such high level certification program ?.

    Moreover they are not of erring any replacement for these certifications, it is really disappointing.

  • So a certification that was actually Real and actually Identified Experts is gone, Major #FAIL

  • After spending almost one year of intense studying, preparation, lot of money and the time invested in perfecting my knowledge in Microsoft technologies, no MS says "sorry, that is cancelled".

    I got the message. No investment of high knowledge in Microsoft technologies is safe anymore. Look somewhere else if you are smart and want to invest your skills, knowledge, time and money.

  • I was all set to take the rotation for Lync in November and now this.  I hope they plan to replace it with something better as this has put me in a foul mood.

  • Dismantling of TechNet subscriptions, and now the crown of Microsoft's certification program?  Hard times ahead for Microsoft consultants.

  • I was all set for Lync Masters in November as well Matt. Knife in the heart :(

  • I was always proud of being ranger-trained, yet not smart enough to pass the labs. Rotation 13 - last of the Bill Witten's. As MCS dies, so does the Ranger program. My last manager at MSFT was a TAM for 19 years who filled a diversity slot and thought she'd try out being a manager. Her first order of business was to read us the expense policies.....

    Tip of the hat to Per, Greg Dodge, Ashcraft, Steve Daigle, all those guys who defined MCS and technical excellence.

  • It is time to concentrate intellectual efforts on the premium certifications from VMware and Cisco now...

  • Shocking and confusing news.

    I planned taking the Lab Exam in the middle of November. I'm not sure whether I want to gamble $2,500 with taking the Lab Exam before 1st Oct.

    Sad and disappointing.

    By the way, Jen Stirrup opened a Connect item for this.

    If you think that the MCM certification should be kept alive, feel free signing in and vote there:

    At the moment, it has 100 votes.

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