If you’ve been studying for 70-346 and 70-347 to get your MCSA, there’s no better time than right now to schedule those exams. As of March 31, 2019, they will both be retired. The exam page for each currently features the following notice.
“This exam retires on March 31, 2019. A replacement exam may be available. To learn more, visit our blog: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/community.aspx and review our Exam Retirement posts.”
Along with the 32 exams slated for retirement, they’re retiring a number of certifications as well, replaced with role-based certifications.
If you’ve already gotten your MCSA: O365, don’t worry – it’s still active after retired.
“This certification retires on March 31, 2019. You will no longer be able to earn this certification after this date. If you earn it prior to that date, it will remain in the Active Certifications section of your transcript after that date.”
What should I do now?
This info-graphic illustrates the various paths available:
- You can still prepare for and get your MCSA: O365 by passing both exams by March 31. This study guide should help.
- If you’re not quite ready for 70-346 and 70-347 or are not interested in the MCSA, you can shift gears and instead start preparing to take MS-100 and MS-101 toward the Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert certification
What if I already have my MCSA?
- Unfortunately, if you’ve already gotten your MCSA: Office 365, there is no transition exam. If you want to new certification you’ll need to start anew and take MS-100/MS-101 since the new certification is “expert” level as opposed to your current “associate” level.
- You could also consider upgrading your MCSA to the existing MCSE: Productivity certification instead of pursuing the new M365 Expert certification