When Do My Certifications Retire?

We are starting to see a lot of questions around the retiring of certifications and credentials so Trika thought it would be a good idea for me to post about that.  What a good idea.  And, it gets me off the hook for coming up with an idea for today's post.  She really looks out for me, Trika does.  :-)

So, here is the scoop.  For the new generation certifications, MCTS, MCPD and MCITP, you can expect the certifications to retire when mainstream product support ends.  That means support for the product or technology. 

When this happens, the certification will likely be removed from your credential.  We are looking at the best way to do this with ideas such as removing it from your transcript altogether, leaving it on the transcript but in a section labeled "Retired" or something similar, or just plain leaving it on your record.

Of course you will not be able to earn the certification anymore and the exams will be pulled.  Hopefully that answers your questions around the retirement story.

Comments welcome as always.