If you are a consultant or looking for a job, employers and customers are demanding proof of knowledge during the hiring or sales process. One of the main methods technical professionals shows their understanding of a subject has been through an intense exam and certification process. Microsoft are changing their certification renewal process to keep up and make renewals easier and cheaper to help you keep up to date. Let’s review some of these changes.
As technology has moved to the cloud, the speed of innovation has changed the process of certifications. We can no longer write a SQL Server certification exam, and nothing would change for a couple of years. Now, the exams are adjusted quarterly to keep up. As technology has moved to the cloud, the speed of innovation has changed the process of certifications.
The difficulty with keeping current has usually involved re-writing exams with a long study process, paying for and writing an updated exam. Starting in February 2021, you will have the option to renew your role-based or specialty certifications by passing a free assessment on Microsoft Learn. Each assessment will have a collection of curated content for each renewal assessment. An example for Azure AI Engineer refreshed content for Exam AI-102 can be found here.
You can write the assessment any time within six months before your certification expires. Once you pass the assessment, your certification is extended an additional year.
More information is available from the Microsoft Learn Blog in the article Stay current with in-demand skills through free certification renewals
Note: New Update From Microsoft – March 01,2021 Is your certification expiring soon? Renew it for free today! – We’re proud to announce that 19 certifications are now available to renew on Microsoft Learn, with additional certifications following shortly. Within six months of your role-based or specialty certification expiring, you’re eligible to renew it by passing an online assessment – at no cost and on your own schedule.
I wrote two other posts on Microsoft exams that may help; Making Sense of Microsoft Role-Based Certification Process and Resources and My 5 Tips for Microsoft Certification Success.