Transition Exams Are Retiring Soon! Don't Miss Your Chance to Upgrade to Role-based Certifications

Posted 23 May 2019 by Liberty Munson (Microsoft)


As you know, Microsoft recently developed role-based certifications to more closely align with the needs of organizations as they address cloud-related skill gaps in their workforce. To streamline our certification program and help meet these needs, certain exams are being retired and replaced with new role-based exams.

If you’ve demonstrated your expertise by passing any of the following 70-xxx series exams, you’re eligible to take a single transition exam to earn the latest Microsoft role-based certification. Take advantage of this opportunity before the transition exam retires; otherwise, you’ll need to take two exams to earn the associated certification. (Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate is the exception, with one required exam.)

So here’s my question to you: Have you passed one of the exams in the first column? If so, prove your skills are up to date by passing a transition exam. Priced at $99 USD,* the transition exams are available for a limited time, so act now. After they retire (see retirement dates in the following table), to achieve the role-based certification, you must take two required exams (at $165 USD each*). Learn more about transition exams.

*Price varies by country/region

Candidates who have passed these 70-xxx series exams Can take these Transition Exams To earn these role-based Microsoft Certifications
70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions (retired December 31, 2018) AZ-102: Microsoft Azure Administrator Certification Transition (retires June 30, 2019)* Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions (retired December 31, 2018) AZ-302: Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification Transition (retires June 30, 2019)* Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016  MS-302: Microsoft 365 Teamwork Administrator Certification Transition (retires September 30, 2019)* Microsoft 365 Certified: Teamwork Administrator Associate
70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 MS-202: Microsoft 365 Messaging Administrator Certification Transition (retires September 30, 2019)* Microsoft 365 Certified: Messaging Administrator Associate

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