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MS Cert Question...

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by steveh2001, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. steveh2001

    steveh2001 Byte Poster

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    Hey guys - this question has probably been asked before but I couldnt find it in the search...

    MS Certs and MCDST in particular - do they last forever like ComptTIA certs, or do they expire after for example 2 years and you have to retake etc?

    Many thanks!
     
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  2. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    As far as im aware they expire at some point.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Individual exams are eventually retired, but the certifications do not expire. Once you are an MCDST on Windows XP, you are always an MCDST on Windows XP. You do not have to recertify.

    That said, if you don't continually pursue certification for each new release, you will become as obsolete as the technologies you can support. Every little advantage helps.
     
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  4. Sparky
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    Sparky Zettabyte Poster Moderator

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    They dont expire but in time some exams get retired. For example the MCSE on Windows NT has been retired (therefore no-one can take the exams) however peeps who have the cert are still certified as MCSE on Windows NT. 8)

    Edit: Mike beat me to it!
     
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  5. steveh2001

    steveh2001 Byte Poster

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    Ahhh ok that makes sense - and also sounds good. I understand that we need to carry on pursuing the latest certs etc (which I will be doing :D) but it would be a pain to have to keep the current ones "active".

    Many thanks!
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    By mere seconds. 8)
     
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  7. JonnyMX

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    I'm sure I read somewhere that some of the new MS certs require 'recertification' - but I haven't seen how often...
     
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  8. wagnerk
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    The MCTS - Will be retired when mainstream product support for the particular technology expires.

    The MCITP - Require recertification to maintain active status

    See here.

    The MCITP - The Professional Series certifications will require recertification every three years from the date of issue.

    See here under the "Will the new certification expire?" question.

    Hope this helps.

    -Ken
     
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