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How long are Certifications valid for?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Yosh1, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. Yosh1

    Yosh1 Bit Poster

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    Hi all,
    I was wondering how long Certifications are valid for?
    I heard that the CCNA was only valid for 3 years but I cant find confirmation anywhere.
    Validity periods on the following would be appreciated

    MCDST
    CCNA
    A+ (and the other 2 comptia certs if possible please)
    Thx all

    Yosh
     
    Certifications: HNC Computing
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    The A+ and N+ are valid for life and all other compTIA certs are for life as far as I am aware. The MCDST is for life.

    The CCNA expires every 3 years.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  3. Yosh1

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    Thanks very much for that :D
     
    Certifications: HNC Computing
  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Certs validaity is governed by the individual exam vendor:

    Comptia does not have an expiry date of their cert, they do have a "valid thru" date for the exam material that you were tested on though, for an example:

    And it applies to all Comptia certs, see here.

    Cisco certs

    See here.

    Microsoft certs

    For the certs on the older MCP->MCDST->MCSA->MCSE route

    See here.

    For certs on the newer MCTS->MCITP route

    See here.

    Hope this helps, the best place for info is direct from the source :)

    -Ken
     
    Certifications: CITP, PGCert, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: PGDip

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