Microsoft Certifications Update – April 2020 – Testprep Training Blog
Microsoft Certifications face new challenges due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19 Pandemic) Pandemic. There are also restrictions that have led to the closure of exam testing centers. Many people are confused about how to take the exams and what the changes have been in the certifications exam. This article will provide all the latest information and updates on Microsoft certifications, including the methods to take the exam.
Let’s first discuss the Microsoft Certifications as well as other changes that are coming in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Microsoft Certifications Major Updates
Microsoft has made safety and health a top priority due to the rapid evolution of coronavirus (COVID-19), which is rapidly spreading around the globe. This situation is being addressed by authorities around the world with strictness. Microsoft has provided updates on how Microsoft and its partner ecosystem are adapting to the current environment in order to ensure that everyone can continue learning and getting certified on Microsoft technologies. Let’s start with the Microsoft certifications.
Microsoft Certification Exams: By Technology
Microsoft Azure Exams
Microsoft 365 Exams
Modern Desktop Exams
Windows Server 2016 Exams
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Exams
Microsoft made an important change due to the Coronavirus pandemic: they changed the retirement date. Microsoft has delayed the retirement date for its Microsoft role-based certification portfolio. This means that all remaining MCSA and MCSD certifications as well as associated exams, which were June 30, 2020 to January 31, 2021 due to COVID-19, have been recertified.
Below is a list of certifications that were due to be retired on June 30, 2020, but will now retire on January 31, 2021.
Below is a list of certifications that were due to retire on June 30, 2020, but will now retire on January 31, 2020.
We will soon see the list of certifications that will be retiring on September 30, 2020 and August 31, 2020.
Azure Certifications Changes 2020
In 2020, Microsoft will make major updates to Azure and Data & AI exams. They started portfolio reviews to ensure that certifications are technically relevant. These reviews also ensure that certifications continue to assess the skills required for today’s cloud-based jobs. You can see the changes below:
Microsoft Updates for COVID-19
Microsoft has made several updates to address the coronavirus (COVID-19). These updates are designed to ensure that employees, customers, partners, and customers are safe and healthy. These changes will ensure that Microsoft technologies work as before, while allowing individuals to learn and become certified.
Closing of Testing Centers
In response to government regulations, Pearson VUE (exam delivery partner) has temporarily closed all its testing centers worldwide due to COVID-19. They have offered an alternative option to the exam via online proctoring. This allows you to take certification exams from the comfort of your own home or workplace.
Online Proctored Examinations
Online proctoring allows you to take Microsoft certification exams online. This allows you to take Microsoft certification exams online, regardless of where you are located. This is a great way to take Microsoft certification exams while you are socially distancing and self quarantining.
Cancellation and Rescheduling Fees Waiver
Microsoft temporarily waives exam cancellation and reschedule fees with Pearson VUE. You will not be charged if you cancel or reschedule your appointment less than the required six-day period.